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Quick turnaround games are always tough to gamble on because they are often unpredictable. Usually the home team has a huge advantage, but that’s not necessarily the case in a game in which the home team is 0-6.
The spread on the Buccaneers first primetime game in about two years is Panthers by six and an over/under of 40.
We have two bets we really like this week. We love picking against the Buccaneers. Lay the six with Carolina and feel good about it. The Buccaneers might be able to keep the game close, but when all is said and done, it’ll be more than a touchdown difference.
The key to this game will be focus and determination. As odd as it sounds, this is a big game for the Panthers. With a win, they can move to 4-3 and be right in the thick of the playoff chase in the jumbled NFC.
Meanwhile, the Buccaneers have cashed it in and are looking forward to next year (well, everyone but Schiano). when a game features a must win for one team, and a “who really cares” for the other one, it’s pretty easy to pick a winner, and you shouldn’t be too scared to lay points either.
As far as the total, 40 is a remarkably low number in the NFL, and while at first glance one would think it’s a clear under bet, I’m going to advise going the other way. The Buccaneers have been putting some points on the board (not a lot, but they’ve been improving with Mike Glennon.)
I love the Bucs defense, and the Panthers have shown well defensively, but that number is far too low for a short rest game. Defensive players take a beating week in and week out and need time to recover. Simply put, games on Thursday don’t really allow for it.
I hate both offenses, and despise both quarterbacks, but there will be some points in this game. Unfortunately for us Buccaneer fans, more of them will be scored by the Panthers. But that’s where sports gambling comes in. Make some money on the Bucs misery, it’ll make it sting just a bit less.
Panthers -6 and the over.
Let’s count some money.