NFL Week 4 betting action continues with the 3.5-point favorite Carolina Panthers visiting the Sunshine State to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The game kicks off on FOX this Sunday, October, 4th at 1:00 PM ET.
Carolina Panthers off to a stellar 3-0 start. While they may not as fun to watch as the Pats or Packers, but if you want to win your NFL Week 4 bets then they are a gem.
The Buccaneers have bounced back over the last two games after being embarrassed by the Tennessee Titans 42-14 in the season opener. Jameis Winston has looked more like the No. 1 overall pick and the defense has been much improved
A Closer Look At The Carolina Panthers Vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Week 4 Betting Line Preview
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
The Carolina Panthers have looked like a legitimate threat to every NFC Super Bowl hopeful so far, thanks mostly to an outstanding defense (again) and a heavy dose of dual-threat signal-caller Cam Newton.
Carolina remained unbeaten by man-handling New Orleans in its 27-22 Week 3 despite failing to cover the NFL betting odds as a 10-point favorite. Newton is completing just 56.6 percent of his passes this season, but he’s tossed five touchdown passes against just two picks, not to mention the fact that he’s has five scoring runs and a 4.6-yard-per-carry average.
The Panthers are ranked sixth in rushing (132.0 ypg) and a respectable 15th in scoring (23.7 ppg). Defensively, Carolina is ranked fourth against the run and second in points allowed (16.0).
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were humbled in their 19-9 Week 3 loss at Houston while never really coming close to covering the spread as a 6-point road dog. Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston struggled in completing just 17 of 36 pass attempts for 261 yards with one touchdown pass and one interception. However, the Bucs got almost no production out of their rushing attack, with veteran back Doug Martin leading the Bucs in rushing with just 46 yards. For the season, Winston has completed a discouraging 52.2 percent of his passes while throwing four TD passes and three interceptions.
The Bucs are ranked an awful 28th in passing and an even more discouraging 30th in scoring (16.3 ppg) while also ranking 30th against the run (138.0 ypg) and 23rd in points allowed (26.7).
Betting Stats Related To This Matchup:
75 percent of the betting public likes Carolina to win outright and cover the spread and so do I, mostly because I expect their stout defense to give Jameis Winston a tough way to go in this affair.
Carolina has won four straight against Tampa Bay while the favorite in this series has compiled an incendiary 11-4 ATS mark in the last 15 matchups.
With the Panthers also going 18-8 ATS in their last 26 games against a team with a losing record and Tampa Bay going 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight home games versus a team with a winning road record, I’m thinking this contest has ‘lock’ written all over it.
57 percent of the betting public likes the Over and I’m going to agree with the total for this contest set at a really low 39.5 points and the Over going 7-2 in Carolina ‘s last nine road games.
I really like the way that Carolina and Cam Newton are playing right now and I believe they’re going to win this contest by at least a touchdown.