Expert Final Thoughts - Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Carolina Panthers

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Kevin Stott

Monday, October 10, 2016 1:26 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 1:26 PM UTC


The defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers find themselves in a desperate situation on Monday Night Football when Tampa Bay Buccaneers come to Charlotte. Let’s take a look at the NFL odds and offer up a side NFL pick.

  NFL Picks Season Record: 36-22-0  Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers (1-3 SU, 1-3 ATS, 109 PS-118 PA) welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3 SU, 1-3 ATS, 77 PS-128 PA) to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Monday Night Football for a huge NFC week 5 primetime showdown and potentially season-crippling loss for the ultimate loser here. Offshore sportsbooks had this game off the betting board with Cam Newton still in NFL Concussion Protocol—but a couple of shops here in Las Vegas had a number posted and was Panthers -7 (Even, CG Technology). 


Monday Night Football Trends

The Monday Night Football Trends here heading into NFL Week 5 show Tampa Bay 2-5 ATS as a Road Underdog and 3-5 Road O/U on MNF with Carolina 3-3 ATS at a Home Favorite and 6-4 Home O/U while the Cats are 11-2 ATS when the SU winner on Mondays.

Carolina is also 5-1 ATS in the L6 and 20-11 ATS the L31 in this series (64.5%) and with a healthy Kelvin Benjamin this time around and fear of a 1-4 start dancing through their helmets, expect Head Coach Ron Rivera (50-39-1 ATS) and the hosts to be on their best behavior and this team has scored 37, 44, 38, 38 31, 49, 46 and 10 (Vikings) in their L8 Home games, including one of those 38’s in a 38-10 win over TB (0-6 ATS L6 on Grass) last year in this spot in Week 17 as 10-point favorites.

If Newton can’t go, 33-year-old backup Derek Anderson will lead the Panthers, priced at +2461 to win Super Bowl at Bookmaker which has a 50% Free Play Bonus and if you think Newton may play and are going to bet Carolina (24-11-1 ATS L36 vs. Teams with Losing Record) anyway, laying 7 now seems prudent as if Newton does clear Concussion Protocol, this number will surely rise. The Buccaneers are last in the NFL in Scoring Defense (33.7 ppg). Go with the Panthers -5 for your NFL week 5 picks.


Predicted Final Score: Panthers 33 Buccaneers 18

Free NFL Picks: Panthers -5

Best Line Offered:  at 5Dimes


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