Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers NFL Picks & Predictions 9/12/2019
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Bank of America Stadium
Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers go to Bank of America Stadium on Thursday where they'll take on the Carolina Panthers. Tampa Bay opens this contest as 5.5-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 51.5. The Buccaneers are 0-1-0 ATS and 0-1-0 when betting on the total. The Panthers are 1-0-0 when wagering on the over/under and 0-1-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took on the San Francisco 49ers and were beaten 31-17. Ronald Jones paced the team in rushing in the game. He had a long run of 16 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He ran for 75 yards via 13 carries which meant he was running for 5.8 yards per tote. Chris Godwin was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 53 yards on 3 catches. He notched an average of 17.7 yards per reception in the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Buccaneers was Jameis Winston who went 20/36 with 194 yards through the air and threw 1 touchdown. He walked away with 3 interceptions in the game.
The Buccaneers step onto the field holding a record of 0-1 for 2019. They are one of lowest scoring teams in the league with an average of 17 points per contest, which has them at 24th in the league. As a team, they have an average of 121 yards on the ground per game which is 3rd among NFC teams. For total yards, they sit in 11th in the conference and 25th in the league with 295 yards. When it comes to getting in the endzone, the Buccaneers currently have a total of 1 passing touchdown and 0 rushing TDs. They are a low scoring offensive team among NFC South teams and they will have to really have a good night if they want to have a good offensive game.
The Buccaneers have one of the most lackluster defenses in the NFL, giving up 31 points per contest putting them 14th in the NFC. When talking about yards on the ground, Tampa Bay is allowing 98 yards per game putting them 1st among NFC South teams and 14th among NFL teams. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.1 yards per rush ranking them 6th in the NFC and 9th in the NFL overall. Overall, they have allowed 121 yards rushing through 1 game. When it comes to passing yards, the Buccaneers have allowed 158 yards. Opponents are completing 66.7% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 5.6 yards per attempt. They have conceded 1 passing touchdown and 0 rushing TDs.
In their last outing, the Carolina Panthers played the Los Angeles Rams and were beaten 30-27. Christian McCaffrey led the team in rushing in the game. He tore off a long run of 23 yards and he ran for 2 TD's for the game. He scurried for 128 yards by way of 19 carries which meant he averaged 6.7 yards per run. Christian McCaffrey led the team in receiving yardage by earning 81 yards on 10 receptions. He averaged 8.1 yards per catch in the game. Running the show from under center for the Panthers was Cam Newton who went 25/38 with 239 yards through the air but wasn't able to get any balls in the endzone via the pass. He threw 1 pick in the game.
The Panthers step onto the field holding a record of 0-1. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Panthers have an offense that could be called mediocre in the NFL. When looking at their ability to score points, the Panthers are currently ranked 2nd among NFC South teams and 15th out of all the teams in the league with an average of 27 points per contest. Carolina has built a respectable ground game this year by averaging 127 rushing yards per contest, putting them 9th in the league. As a unit, they have compiled a total of 127 rushing yards through 1 contest, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the league. The Panthers average 343 yards per game overall which has them at 22nd in the NFL and 10th in the conference.
The Panthers are giving up 30 points per game which puts them at 3rd in the division and 25th in the league. In regard to points given up, they have allowed 30 total points. In terms of rushing yards, they are allowing 166 yards per game ranking them 28th in the NFL and 2nd among NFC South teams. This year, they have allowed a total of 166 yards on the ground and 2 rushing TDs. Their passing defense is one of the top units in the league. They are conceding 183 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Panthers are ranked 5th among NFC teams. They have conceded 1 passing touchdown in 2019.
Who will win tonight's Buccaneers/Panthers NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Buccaneers +5.5
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