The top team goes head to head with the fourth-place team in the NFC South division in Week 16. It was a rough week for the defending champions after the Saints shut out Tom Brady and company, 9-0. The team will try to bounce back from the loss as they hit the road to take on the Panthers.
Meanwhile, the hosts will attempt to avoid a four-game losing streak and a five-game losing streak at home. It’s going to be a challenging night for Matt Rhule and his squad if they want to keep the Bucs in their sights.
Nitrobetting tackles the Buccaneers vs. Panthers game in detail. Find event details, crucial stats, the latest NFL betting odds, trends, and expert predictions below
Buccaneers vs. Panthers Game Information
🔜 #TBvsCAR— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) December 22, 2021
- When: Sunday, December 26, 2021, 1:00 PM ET
- Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
- TV: FOX
- Radio: 98ROCK FM (Buccaneers) / WBT 1110 AM (Panthers)
- Live Stream:NFL Game Pass
- NFL Odds: Buccaneers (-10.5) / Panthers (+10.5)
Why Bet on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
The Buccaneers sustained their first home loss of the season against the Saints last weekend despite outgaining their opponents in both passing and rushing yards. The team failed to score a single point in the entire game.
It was a surprising result for the team seeing how they performed in the last few games. Nonetheless, we expect the team to get the best possible result with three regular-season contests remaining. The Bucs still top the league in points, averaging 29.3 per game. They are the best passing team right now with 304.9 passing yards (first) per game average. The visitors challenge a squad who has one of the best passing defenses at the moment.
Defensively, the Bucs have a lot to say about their rushing tolerance. The Panthers have decent rushing statistics but might not be enough to threaten the side that gives up only 89.0 rushing yards (third) per game. Furthermore, the visitors do enough to trouble the Panthers’ passing game. The Bucs currently document 244.6 opponent passing yards (20th) per game.
Wide receiver Mike Evans is on the questionable list due to a strained hamstring. Meanwhile, Antonio Brown is expected to be back in Week 16, and the team needs him to fill the receiving gaps left by Evans.
Why Bet on the Carolina Panthers?
The Panthers have to be on top of their game to keep things at bay. Thankfully, they have robust defensive measures that might be able to pressure the visitors. The team limits teams to 22.4 points (16th) and allows just 294.4 yards (second) per game.
Passing defense is a key component of the Panthers’ unit. They have one of the best records in the league right now. The team gives up 178.8 opponent passing yards (second) per game while limiting opponent passes to 29.8 per game. And although the Panthers don’t have the best rushing defense here, they might have enough to hold off the Bucs’ rushing threats. As a team, the Panthers limit opponents to 115.6 rushing yards (19th) per game.
A healthy squad will keep Carolina competitive in this contest. Only left defensive tackle Derrick Brown is ruled out of the game after he was added to the COVID-19 list. Phil Hoskins is expected to fill his shoes in Sunday’s game.
Buccaneers vs. Panthers Betting Trends
- The Buccaneers are 3-2 in the last five games against the Panthers (4-1 ATS).
- The Buccaneers are 7-3 in the last ten regular-season games (4-6 ATS).
- The totals went under in three of the Buccaneers’ last five games against the Panthers.
- The Panthers are 6-4 in the last ten home games against the Buccaneers (4-6 ATS).
- The Panthers are 3-7 in the last ten home games (3-7 ATS).
- The totals went over in three of the Panthers’ last six home games against the Buccaneers.
Buccaneers vs. Panthers Expert Betting Predictions
Tampa Bay holds solid chances of bringing this one home despite several issues in its recent game. It was uncharacteristic of the team to perform that way against a more vulnerable team. Nevertheless, the visitors are eager to bounce back from the defeat and go all out against the Panthers. They enter the game as favorites.
On the other hand, the Panthers are yet to record 21 points or more in four games. They have lost by double-digits in two of their last three games and are now on the prowl for momentum before closing the 2021 NFL regular season. Covering the spread is doable for the Panthers, but a win demands 110% for the squad.
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