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Well it was an exciting Week 1 with some great MNF action, and now we turn our attention to Week 2 of the NFL 2019/2020 season.
It all kicks off tonight with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus the Carolina Panthers.
The Bucs got off to a bad start this season as they lost to the San Francisco 49ers. The main problem was Jameis Winston who threw three interceptions in that one.
The Panthers had a better game in a tight one against the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams ended up winning that one 30-27. It was all rushing TDs for the Panthers.
Let’s look at this game and hope for a much better Thursday Night Football game than last weeks dire affair:
Panthers vs Buccaneers Betting Tips:
The point spread for this one has the Panthers -7 with the over/under at 49 points.
Panthers are pretty heavy money line favourites at -290.
All eyes will be on Winston tonight – that’s for sure. The pressure is on him big time coming into this one and he knows everyone will be watching.
The Bucs defense was the worst last year and so far it’s quite tough to say They at least got a pick six last year and did a good job of holding the 49ers down. In saying that, it could be a big game for the Panthers and Christian McCaffrey in particular should have a big game. Newton is obviously better than Jimmy G at this point.
Newton is also surely going to use Samuel and Moore more. The Panthers defense has some real stars in them and that could spell a lot of trouble for the Bucs.
Gerald McCoy gets to face off against his old team and so that will be an interesting one. Have to think he will be able to rip that OL apart.
Thursday Night games are always a bit iffy. Especially early on. Some teams come in with just zero energy having taken a little bit to get accustomed to things. However I fail to see how the Panthers don’t cream the Bucs here.
Winston just isn’t a bounce back sort of guy. I think the Bucs have a lot of issues there and he doesn’t seem to have improved. The Bucs OL is weak and he is going to be making more frantic passes and be open to interceptions.
I don’t think it will be a high scoring game. I’m thinking the score will be something like 21-7 to the Panthers. I believe the Panthers will rely on McCaffrey more and the Bucs won’t be able to stop him. I also believe that Newton will throw more and he has the guys to deal with that.
So it’s up to you what you want to take here. The under is appealing, however my issue with that is when there is one game on you don’t want to be cheering for defence. You would rather see the big plays from at least one team.
So I’m going to go with Panthers -7. I’m not even going to buy the half point as I think the Panthers have what it takes here. Newton has a lot to prove and will be motivated to lead his team to victory. Winston also sucks on the road. Lost 12 in a row. Gonna be 13.