Panthers Buccaneers Betting Tips – Cam Newton has Another Explosive Season Opener
Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sunday September 9, 2012 4:25PM EST
The Carolina Panthers' opening game last season was quarterback Cam Newton's first regular season NFL game. If Newton was nervous, he hid it from the betting websites very well. Newton threw for over 400 passing yards in his NFL regular season debut on his way to a rookie year that saw him shattering several long-standing rookie passing records. The worst thing that could happen for the teams in the NFL South is that Cam Newton would mature by a year and become an even better football player. The Buccaneers are about to see that maturity up close and personal.
The football betting experts know that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made some significant free agent moves in the off-season, but the team is going to need time to gel if it is going to win. Just as the Philadelphia Eagles needed time for its superstars to mesh together, so will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It will take some time before fans will start seeing Vincent Jackson regularly catching touchdown passes from Josh Freeman. The Bucs are right in having the utmost confidence in Freeman as he has shown that he can be the quarterback of the future. But it is going to take time to bring this team together into a winning unit that will put the Bucs back into playoff contention.
Why the Panthers Will Win
It almost looked like Cam Newton did not care which players were surrounding him as he took apart the NFL rookie passing record books. This year, the Panthers have focused on upgrades on the offensive line that will give more protection to Newton and open up the Carolina running game. Now Cam Newton will have a two-pronged running attack to go along with his accurate and strong throwing arm. For a team like Tampa Bay that is still developing, Cam Newton may be a little too much to handle on the opening day of the season.
Why the Buccaneers Will Win
The sportsbook experts know that Tampa Bay is not just rebuilding its roster, but it is also rebuilding its confidence. In 2010, the Buccaneers looked to be an NFC team on the rise. In 2011, that rise came crashing down and the Buccaneers looked lost. A new coach and a new attitude on offense will be the two things that the Buccaneers look to use to rebuild its fortunes. Josh Freeman has more offensive weapons now than he has ever had. As long as the Tampa Bay offensive line can hold together, the Bucs should be able to contend in every game it plays this season.
The Bottom Line
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will improve as the season goes on, but this is a rough way for a developing team to open up a season. Even though the game is in Tampa Bay, look for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers to take control of the game early and never let go of that control for the entire length of the game.
Pick: Carolina Panthers