Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Picks
There was a time when Carolina and Tampa Bay would play it out for all the marbles in the NFC South. They were the class of the division, with two great defenses. These days, though, things have changed. Neither team is very good, though they do seem to be going in opposite directions. The Bucs showed some life last season and looked to be headed upward. They looked like a young team that could challenge for a playoff spot this year. The Panthers, meanwhile, had the worst record in football last year and drafted at the top of the draft in April. They took Cam Newton and they have been playing better football so far this season.
When you make your NFL picks this season, you have to look for teams that are overvalued and teams that are undervalued. There are lots of ways to determine this, but one is just looking at reality against public perception. People perceive the Panthers to be worse than they are, while people have a positive perception of Tampa Bay generally. In this game, the public is backing Tampa Bay at home with a short line against the Panthers. This might be a good spot to see if you can make some money betting on the Panthers. Carolina has had a good shot in a number of games this season and should remain competitive.
The Panthers have a strong running game and that is something that Tampa Bay has struggled with this season. D’Angelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart have both been very good, as the Panthers have learned on them to push the pace. Likewise, Cam Newton has provided some running from the QB position and he has been a serviceable QB. Overall, this looks like the type of game where you will want to be on the Panthers. They match up well here and they are motivated to keep it rolling after a win last week. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, looks like they might have packed it in for the season. Some value exists in the Panther line this weekend, so make your NFL picks accordingly.