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TB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
0-1-0 (ATS 0-1)
CAR Carolina Panthers
0-1-0 (ATS 0-1)
at Thu 8:20 pm
85° F
Bank of America Stadium

Expert Picks

Against the Spread (ATS)

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Expert Picks

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Because they are roller-coaster QBs, expect them both to rebound against shaky defenses and make it an up-and-down duel. Trust Cam a little more at home over Jameis.

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I like Tampa Bay on the road on Thursday night against Carolina because I think Bruce Arians is just as good of a coach, if not better, when compared to Carolina’s Ron Rivera and there is a greater emphasis on game-planning when approaching a shorter week. And honestly, I’m just not sold on Cam Newton. He still has trouble deciphering coverages and his accuracy has only seemed to get worse over the past couple of years. I think Tampa Bay’s revamped defense, led by Todd Bowles who is very good at disguising coverages, can slow down Newton and Christian McCaffery enough to the point where Jameis Winston can keep it within the spread.

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Yes, the Buccaneers are turnover prone, but they aren’t going to average four per game. And they almost won anyway despite committing that many against the 49ers in Week 1. It was a three-point game with four minutes left as Tampa outgained San Francisco by nearly 0.5 yards per play.

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A more likely outcome is a narrow Panthers victory followed by some questioning of whether the pairing of Arians and Winston is working out.

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Gonna try and not overthink this one. It’s a Thursday night game, obviously favoring the home team, and the Panthers have Christian McCaffrey, the best player on the field.

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The Bucs had turnover issues again last week against the 49ers. Carolina played a solid game against the Rams and being home on a short week here helps.

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Christian McCaffrey is going to run on the Buccaneers, who made a ton of mistakes and defeated themselves in Week 1.

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The line is pretty high, but it’s hard to take Jameis Winston on the road against a good team. Expect Cam Newton to look much more comfortable in his second regular-season game back from shoulder surgery. Home favorites are usually a good bet on “Thursday Night Football.”

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The Panthers (0-1) and Buccaneers (0-1) desperately need this game. The difference is one team has a former MVP playing quarterback, and the other one eats Ws and throws interceptions non-stop. Easy pick.

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A co-worker and I tossed around this question Wednesday: How many starting quarterbacks would you take Jameis Winston over right now? It’s a very small list, right? Something tells me the Bucs will find a way to bury themselves in this game.

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The Panthers held the Rams to just 4.9 yards per play and gained 5.7 yards per play on them thanks in large part to Christian McCaffrey. Cam Newton is turnover prone, but the Bucs aren’t exactly known for forcing turnovers and their own quarterback is easily the most interception-prone quarterback in the NFL.

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