Bet On Buccaneers Panthers – Panthers Look To Solidify Place In Division Versus Bucs
It was hard to project what to make of the Carolina Panthers heading in to the 2011 NFL season. With a rookie quarterback, and a ton of quality pieces but just as many holes, as well as a new head coach, there was no telling how many games that they would win, if any. But that rookie quarterback has exceeded all expectations in his first year, and as Cam Newton continues to chase the 4,000 yard passing mark in his first pro season, he will look to guarantee that Carolina doesn’t finish in the NFC South basement with a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this upcoming sports betting weekend.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina PanthersSaturday December 24, 2011 – 1:00 PM ET
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
NFL Betting Lines: Carolina Panthers – 7.5
For all the positive turnaround that has happened for the Panthers this year, the same things can be said about Tampa Bay, only in a negative light. The Buccaneers opened their season with four wins through their first six games and appeared poised to take the next step after a 10-win season, but all that has faded away with 10 straight losses.
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Everyone in Tampa Bay has been blamed from the quarterback, to the coaches, to the defense, and even the cheerleaders to a certain extent, but at the end of the day eight straight losses means there are several areas that need to be corrected. Quarterback Josh Freeeman’s progression has been stunted in his second year as the starter, with just over 3,000 passing yards and only 13 touchdowns, and the rushing attack hasn’t been able to make up for the lack of production in the passing game. Meanwhile, the defense isn’t forcing turnovers anymore, and they are having trouble slowing down anyone.
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Panthers’ fans can relate to a defense that has struggled to make stops, but with three wins in their last four games, Carolina has shown some positive steps in the right direction. Defense will become the focus for turning things around with this team as the offense has already proved it could be among the most explosive in the NFL. Newton could hit the 4,000 yard passing mark and has already thrown 17 touchdowns, and considering that he has run for 13 more, his ceiling is limitless. The Panthers have done a good job of surrounding him with quality talent this year and Newton has responded, and now they will look to finish strong.
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Considering what Carolina did in a 38-19 win the first time these teams met in Tampa Bay, it wouldn’t be unrealistic to think that the Panthers are ready for another big win. Newton simply wants it, and the veterans around him will continue to help make it happen this week against a young and unfocused Buccaneers’ team that has struggled with inconsistencies all year to cover the spread listed by the sportsbook at home.
Bet On Buccaneers Panthers Pick: Carolina Panthers