The Carolina Panthers
will be missing last year’s Most Valuable Player for their Monday night date against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
, but there are probably other reasons for them to panic. They hit a new low last week on defense, and their running game has hit a snag. So Tampa Bay backers probably have some optimism as they go into this game at Bank of America Stadium that begins at 8:30 PM ET. ESPN will televise it live, and BetAnySports
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Cam Newton got injured last week on attempted run against the Atlanta Falcons and suffered a concussion. He was not cleared by the league’s protocol system to participate, so Derek Anderson will get the start. Anderson is a veteran, having played for number of teams before, including the Cleveland Browns, who he represented once in the Pro Bowl. Ironically, his last two starts have both been victories over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
If Anderson is going to find support from his ground game, the Carolina coaching staff is going to have to dig it up out of somewhere. Newton was the leading rusher for this team last week with 30 yards, and of the team’s streak of thirty games with at least 100 yards on the ground was broken last week. Jonathan Stewart is out of action, and so the back who will get the most focus is Fozzy Whitaker, who has run 27 times for 141 yards, and seems to be most valuable out of the backfield, with 80 receptions.
In the Monday night NFL betting odds posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports
, Carolina is laying points in Charlotte:
Carolina Panthers -5.5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +.5
Over 45.5 points -110
Under 45.5 points -110
Carolina has allowed all four of its opponents this season to score more than 20 points, and they did that only seven times during the 2015 regular season, as they roared to their third straight division title and eventually wound up in the Super Bowl. So the question has to be brought up as to whether Jameis Winston, the Tampa Bay quarterback, can do some damage. Winston has been inconsistent, to say the least, and he was sacked five times last week against the Denver Broncos, being intercepted twice. On the season, he is 58% accurate with only a 6.3-yard average per attempt, and he has thrown eight interceptions.
As much as the Panthers could use a running back who could help them chew up some territory, Tampa Bay could really utilize the services of the running back as well. But Doug Martin and Charles Sims are both listed as doubtful for this game. The Bucs were held to just 215 net yards against the Broncos’ defense last week, and you have to believe that the Panthers, who are prideful if nothing else, are going to be in an angry mood after surrendering 571 yards and 48 points to the Atlanta Falcons last week.
In the 2013 season, Carolina started at its season 1-3, then went 11-1 the rest of the way. One would imagine they still have what it takes to stop most teams; their defensive “three-and-out” average of 32.6% his second best in the league.
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