The first rematch of the 2019 will take place in Tampa Sunday, when the Panthers look to avenge their 20-14 Week 2 loss to Buccaneers. That was the last time Cam Newton (foot) played, and he was noticeably less mobile than usual during that game.
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Kyle Allen took over as the Panthers’ QB in Week 3, and he’s led them to three consecutive wins, two of which were against possible playoff teams. Allen hasn’t set the world on fire, but he’s put up a respectable 67% completion percentage and 107.4 QB Rating without turning the ball over. He’s averaging only 224 yards per game, but it’s been enough to keep defenses honest – the Panthers’ primary game plan, after all, is “Christian McCaffrey is very good.” Through Week 5, McCaffrey has more yards from scrimmage than the Jets. Yes, he has single-handedly outgained an entire team. On the other hand, McCaffrey’s worst game was against these same Bucs in Week 2, and the Bucs lead the NFL in rush defense DVOA.
This divisional rivalry has a history of going under the total points line, and another defensive battle could be in the cards Sunday. Though the Bucs won the first round, they gained only 289 total yards, and the Panthers are in the upper third of the league in points and yards allowed. Tampa is also fifth in takeaways, while the Panthers are ninth in giveaways.
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Panthers at Buccaneers
Point Spread: Buccaneers +2.5
Total Points: 47
Money Line: Buccaneers +115; Panthers -130
Overall: Panthers 3-2; Buccaneers 2-3
ATS: Panthers 3-2; Buccaneers 2-3
O/U: Panthers 3-2; Buccaneers 3-2
Notable Prop Bets
Parlay Panthers money line and under +220; First half spread, Panthers -0.5 -115
Buccaneers under 2.5 TDs -132; First scoring play is a Buccaneers TD +225
- The Panthers have won each of their last 10 games against the Buccaneers following a win.
- The Buccaneers have failed to cover the spread in nine of their last 10 games in October.
- Six of the last seven games between the Panthers and Buccaneers have gone under the total points line.
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