The Carolina Panthers will try to stay unbeaten when they visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday at the Raymond James Stadium, at 1 PM ET. The NFL week 4 odds makers have listed the Panthers as 3.5-point favorites over the home-team Bucs. The game kicks off on FOX this Sunday, Oct 4th at 1:00 PM ET. Cord-cutters can stream the game live via Fox Sports Go
Carolina is off to a hot start and at 3-0 for the first time since winning its first five and making the franchise’s lone Super Bowl appearance in 2003. If they can pull out a W this week, the Panthers will be 4-0 entering the team’s Week 5 bye week providing a few impact players valuable healing time.
A Buccaneers victory puts them back at .500 and and right in the thick of the playoff race. Tampa Bay can snap the Panther’s three game win streak, which would give the Bucs a boost after a disappointing showing in Week 3.
An In-Depth Look At The Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Week 4 Odds
What: Carolina Panthers (3-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2)
When: Sunday, October, 4, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Tampa, FL
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
Weather: 84° F / Scattered Clouds
Spread: Panthers -3.5
Moneyline: Carolina -165 vs Tampa Bay +145
Game Total: 40
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Carolina vs Tampa Bay
Carolina is 3-0 straight up and 2-1 against the spread after beating the New Orleans Saints at home 28-22 last week.
The Panthers offense averages 23.7 points (15th), 216.0 passing yards (26th) and 132.0 rushing yards (6th) per game. QB Cam Newton has thrown 685 yards, 5 TDs & 2 INTs completing 56.6% of his passes. TE Greg Olsen (15 rec, 215 yards, 2 TDs) and WR Ted Ginn Jr. (10 rec, 188 yards, 1 TD) have been Newton’s top targets after the loss of Kelvin Benjamin.
Underwhelming RB Jonathan Stewart (49 rec, 170 yards, 0 TDs) is the top dog in the backfield after DeAngelo Williams signed with the Steelers. However, Newton (31 att, 144 yards, 2 TDs) has been more effective running the football.
“We can throw for 300, but if he runs for a touchdown and converts a couple of third downs with his legs, those are game-changing plays,” Olsen said about Newton.
Carolina’s defense allows 16.0 points (2nd), 239.0 passing yards per game (15th) and 75.7 rushing yards (4th) per game. Thomas Davis leads the Panthers with 25 tackles, Mario Addison has two sacks and Josh Norman has two interceptions.
New Panthers defensive end Jared Allen: 'My heart and my home' is in a 4-3 defense http://t.co/Nmw8Trhopy
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) October 1, 2015
To bolster their defense, the Panthers traded for stud DE Jared Allen. He came for a reasonable price of a conditional sixth-round pick in 2016. Allen passed a physical and is expected to start in this game. He’ll be reunited with former Bears teammate Charles Tillman, who signed with the Panthers in the offseason and gave his endorsement to acquire Allen.
"He’s a pass rushing specialist and he plays the run very well," coach Ron Rivera said. "He rushes with violence. He doesn’t just sit there and work one way or the other, he’s got counter moves. We watched a lot of tape on him just to make sure that this could potentially be a fit for us."
Tampa Bay is 1-2 straight up and against the spread after losing to the Houston Texas 19-9 last week in an ugly game.
The Buccaneers average 16.3 points (29th), 212.0 passing yards (27th) and 96.0 rushing yards (20th) per game. Rookie QB Jameis Winston has thrown for 678 yards, 4 TDs & 3 INTs, completing 52.2% of his passes.
“He learned something new each week, which rookies do,” Bucs head-coach Lovie Smith said of Winston. “Again, there’s a lot of us that need to play a lot better — of course him included — but we’re going to win a lot of games with him.”
WR Vincent Jackson (9 rec, 145 yards, 1 TD) has been the top target downfield, with WR Louis Murphy (6 rec, 143 yards, 0 TD) chipping. Mike Evans returned last week for his first game of the season to grab seven balls for 101 yards.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) October 1, 2015
RB Doug Martin (46 att, 176 yards, 0 TDs) has showed flashes of what made him a great rookie this season. He has yet to find the end zone as the team has struggled to establish the run consistently.
Tampa Bay gives up 26.7 points (22nd), 210.0 passing yards per game (9th) and 138.0 rushing yards (30th) per game. Lavonte David leads the Bucs with 27 tackles, Jacquies Smith has four sacks and Kwon Alexander has four pass deflections.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup:
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-7 At Home since last season
- Carolina Panthers 6-3 As Favorite since last season
- Carolina Panthers 5-2 When Line was 38.5 to 41.5 since last season
- Carolina Panthers 1-0 As Road Favorite since last season
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-3 As Home Underdog since last season
- Carolina Panthers 11-9-1 O-U All Games since last season
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-2 O-U All Games this season
- Carolina Panthers 7-3 O-U On Road since last season
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-7 O-U At Home since last season
- Carolina Panthers 7-6-1 O-U When Line is <45 since last season
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-7 O-U When Line is <45 since last season
- Carolina Panthers 3-3-1 O-U When Line was 38.5 to 41.5 since last season
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-2 O-U When Line was 38.5 to 41.5 since last season
Carolina has won four straight meetings, including both last season when Newton sat out with injuries. Newton has a 64.6 completion percentage with passing 10 touchdowns and six on the ground in six career games against the Bucs.
The Panthers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 4, 18-8-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in October, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a road favorite, and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite of 3.5-10.0.
The Buccaneers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite, 15-36-1 ATS in their last 52 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in October, 5-12 ATS in their last 17 vs. NFC, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a home favorite and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC South.
My NFL Week 4 Betting Pick: Panthers -3
Players Out or Doubtful:
- Carolina: Jerricho Cotchery, Charles Johnson.
- Tampa Bay: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Johnthan Banks, Akeem Spence, Josh Martin.