Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to right the ship in Week 2 vs. Carolina Panthers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t open up the 2020 season as many would’ve hoped, but that doesn’t mean they can’t right the ship in Week 2.
The Buccaneers, who fell 34-23 to the New Orleans Saints Sunday afternoon, will now return home to play their first game of the season in Raymond-James Stadium this Sunday against yet another NFC South Divisional rival: The Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers, just like the Buccaneers, enter the match-up with an 0-1 record. Carolina fell 34-30 at the hands of the Las Vegas Raiders at home this past weekend.
As we begin to look ahead to the NFC South Divisional match-up, here’s a look at the early Vegas odds.
Buccaneers are Vegas favorites for the first time this season
The Buccaneers open as 9.5-point favorites over the Panthers as we head into the match-up.
While the Bucs should certainly be favored, a game this early on in the season while Tampa Bay is still trying to figure things out in an environment that won’t include a home crowd doesn’t necessarily promote an environment of putting a ton of confidence in the Bucs winning a game by double-digits.
It’s not to say that Tampa Bay shouldn’t be favored by double-digits.
The Bucs are clearly the more talented team and they now have a game under their belt as they try to get that offense up-and-running at a high level, but there are still questions about what the unit will look like and what they’ll be able to accomplish in the second week of the season, even if the opponent is the Panthers.
In addition to the spread, the over/under point total for the game is listed at 49.5.