Thursday Night Football Week 2: Carolina Panthers Vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Schedule, Odds And Picks

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The Carolina Panthers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tonight on Thursday Night Football to kick off Week 2 of the 2019 NFL season. This NFC South rivalry game is an important one for both sides after they each suffered a tough defeat in their respective openers. The Panthers mounted a valiant comeback attempt against the defending conference champion Rams, but ultimately fell just short in a game that ended 30-27. The Bucs struggled mightily on offense last week against the San Francisco 49ers, turning the ball over four times—including a trio of interceptions by quarterback Jameis Winston—in a 31-17 loss that spoiled new head coach Bruce Arians’ debut on the sidelines. Each side is now looking to bounce back on a short week of rest in order to notch a “W” and get to .500.

Oddsmakers are heavily favoring Carolina to win at home, installing the club as seven-point chalk. The spread has rather significantly since opening at CAR -5, as the books are rapidly adjusting to account for the lack of people interested in backing the Buccaneers. With just a few hours until Thursday Night Football kicks off, a whopping 75% of both total bets and cash wagered is on the Panthers, indicating the betting public has no faith in Tampa Bay to keep things close tonight. The total for the contest has stayed much more consistent, opening at 50.5 and dropping just a single point to 49.5 at this juncture. Bettors are a bit more split on this line, although the under side of the bet is slightly more popular and is drawing 53% of all tickets and 60% of the money.

Will the Panthers turn their 2019 NFL season around with a critical victory against an NFC South rival—as both the shops and betting public believe they will—or can the Bucs surprise everyone with a massive upset in this nationally televised game? Pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com has a take on the action that you will not want to miss. Before seeing which team the Vegas expert likes to both win and cover tonight, have a look at the complete schedule, kickoff start time, viewing info and updated odds for every game on the Week 2 schedule. You can also find relevant betting trends, intriguing tweets and more for this Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers clash on Thursday Night Football.

NFL Week 2 Schedule And Odds

Time (ET) Matchup (TV) Odds Total
Thursday, Sept. 12
8:20 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (NFLN) CAR -7 49.5
Sunday, Sept. 15
1 p.m. Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (CBS) TEN -3 44
1 p.m. Los Angeles Chargers at Detroit Lions (CBS) LAC -2.5 47.5
1 p.m. Buffalo Bills at New York Giants (CBS) BUF -1 44
1 p.m. Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens (FOX) BAL -13 46
1 p.m. New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (CBS) NE -19.5 48.5
1 p.m. Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (FOX) DAL -5.5 46.5
1 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (CBS) HOU -9 43.5
1 p.m. Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers (FOX) PIT -4 47
1 p.m. San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals (FOX) CIN -1.5 45.5
1 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (FOX) GB -3 44
4:05 p.m. Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders (CBS) KC -7 53.5
4:25 p.m. New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams (FOX) LAR -2 52.5
4:25 p.m. Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos (FOX) CHI -2.5 40.5
8:20 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons (NBC) PHI -1.5 52.5
Monday, Sept. 16
8:15 p.m. Cleveland Browns at New York Jets (ESPN) CLE -6.5 44

Odds updated 9/12 at 4 p.m. ET

Thursday Night Football live streamed via NFL.com

Panthers Vs. Buccaneers Week 2 Betting Trends

  • Both teams have performed miserably for bettors during Thursday Night Football, as Carolina is 0-4 ATS in its last four appearances in the time slot, while Tampa Bay is 0-5 ATS in its last five.
  • The Panthers boast a 23-14 straight-up, all-time lead in their NFC South rivalry series with the Buccaneers.
  • Carolina is 8-4 against the spread in its last 12 meetings with Tampa Bay.
  • The Bucs are just 1-5 ATS in their last six road matchups against the Panthers and are 0-7 SU across their last seven overall road games.
  • Tampa Bay has a 7-2 ATS record during Week 2 games over the last nine seasons.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the last six games involving these teams.
  • The road team has covered in seven of the last 10 meetings between the Panthers and Bucs, while the underdog has cashed tickets five of the last six times these rivals have clashed.

Panthers Vs. Buccaneers Week 2 Stats And Info

Ian Rapoport reported that Bucs head coach Bruce Arians isn’t ready to give up on Winston after an abysmal outing to start the 2019 NFL season (via NFL.com):

My understanding is the Bucs are still very confident in Jameis Winston. Obviously last week was not as good as they wanted. But in Bruce Arians' tenure -- first of all, he's gotten success out of basically every single quarterback, but it does take some time. They know that. And even his best reclamation project, Carson Palmer, took several weeks to really get into it and understand the offense and get comfortable and kind of limit some of the mistakes. Not to say Jameis Winston is going to be (Palmer), but at the very least they are confident.

Ed Werder tweeted that veteran Carolina tight end Greg Olsen should be on the field tonight despite being officially designated as questionable:

ESPN Stats & Info found that Jameis Winston now has more multi-interception performances than anyone in the league since he was drafted No. 1 overall four years ago:

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera likes what he saw on Sunday from rookie pass-rusher Brian Burns, who made his debut after being selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft (via Panthers.com):

He did some really good things. He gave us a little extra push, a little quickness off the edge. He read a play very nicely, made a nice tackle for loss. A little undisciplined a couple of times in his rush lanes, a little undisciplined a couple times in his run gap responsibilities. I think that’s things we’re going to get with young guys and giving young guys opportunities to get on the football field and they have to understand how important it is to do their job. As far as I was concerned he really did a heck of a job and had a pretty doggone good day for a rookie starting out there.

NFL Research noted that Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey became the only player to notch multiple performances with over 10 receptions and 120 rushing yards. He gashed the Rams last week for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 19 rushing attempts and caught 10 passes for 81 yards in the same game:

Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles praised McCaffrey and said it will be hard to stop the star running back from making his mark on Thursday Night Football in Week 2 (via Buccaneers.com):

[McCaffrey] creates a lot of problems. He had about 200 total yards yesterday [himself in 343] yards of offense. Again, not just running the ball but catching the ball, as well. He is a great route runner, he has great hands [and] he is probably one of the best all-around backs in the game right now.

NFL Matchup on ESPN pointed out that these teams both ranked amongst the top teams in the league at defending the pass in Week 1:

Shannon Sharpe is taking the Panthers tonight because he thinks that Cam Newton is the better quarterback involved:

Panthers Vs. Buccaneers Week 2 Injury Report

Carolina

Bruce Irvin, LB/DE: Hamstring (DNP) - OUT

Rashaan Gaulden, S: Groin (Limited) - QST

Greg Olsen, TE: Back (Full) - QST

 

Tampa Bay

Blaine Gabbert, QB: Shoulder (DNP) - OUT

Injury report courtesy of BucsNation.com

 

Thursday Night Football Week 2 Pro Predictions

Pick: Buccaneers +7

Prediction: Panthers 21 – Buccaneers 17

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The Carolina Panthers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tonight on Thursday Night Football to kick off Week 2 of the 2019 NFL season. This NFC South rivalry game is an important one for both sides after they each suffered a tough defeat in their respective openers. The Panthers mounted a valiant comeback attempt against the defending conference champion Rams, but ultimately fell just short in a game that ended 30-27. The Bucs struggled mightily on offense last week against the San Francisco 49ers, turning the ball over four times—including a trio of interceptions by quarterback Jameis Winston—in a 31-17 loss that spoiled new head coach Bruce Arians’ debut on the sidelines. Each side is now looking to bounce back on a short week of rest in order to notch a “W” and get to .500.

Oddsmakers are heavily favoring Carolina to win at home, installing the club as seven-point chalk. The spread has rather significantly since opening at CAR -5, as the books are rapidly adjusting to account for the lack of people interested in backing the Buccaneers. With just a few hours until Thursday Night Football kicks off, a whopping 75% of both total bets and cash wagered is on the Panthers, indicating the betting public has no faith in Tampa Bay to keep things close tonight. The total for the contest has stayed much more consistent, opening at 50.5 and dropping just a single point to 49.5 at this juncture. Bettors are a bit more split on this line, although the under side of the bet is slightly more popular and is drawing 53% of all tickets and 60% of the money.

Will the Panthers turn their 2019 NFL season around with a critical victory against an NFC South rival—as both the shops and betting public believe they will—or can the Bucs surprise everyone with a massive upset in this nationally televised game? Pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com has a take on the action that you will not want to miss. Before seeing which team the Vegas expert likes to both win and cover tonight, have a look at the complete schedule, kickoff start time, viewing info and updated odds for every game on the Week 2 schedule. You can also find relevant betting trends, intriguing tweets and more for this Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers clash on Thursday Night Football.

NFL Week 2 Schedule And Odds

Time (ET) Matchup (TV) Odds Total
Thursday, Sept. 12
8:20 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (NFLN) CAR -7 49.5
Sunday, Sept. 15
1 p.m. Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (CBS) TEN -3 44
1 p.m. Los Angeles Chargers at Detroit Lions (CBS) LAC -2.5 47.5
1 p.m. Buffalo Bills at New York Giants (CBS) BUF -1 44
1 p.m. Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens (FOX) BAL -13 46
1 p.m. New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (CBS) NE -19.5 48.5
1 p.m. Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (FOX) DAL -5.5 46.5
1 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (CBS) HOU -9 43.5
1 p.m. Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers (FOX) PIT -4 47
1 p.m. San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals (FOX) CIN -1.5 45.5
1 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (FOX) GB -3 44
4:05 p.m. Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders (CBS) KC -7 53.5
4:25 p.m. New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams (FOX) LAR -2 52.5
4:25 p.m. Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos (FOX) CHI -2.5 40.5
8:20 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons (NBC) PHI -1.5 52.5
Monday, Sept. 16
8:15 p.m. Cleveland Browns at New York Jets (ESPN) CLE -6.5 44

Odds updated 9/12 at 4 p.m. ET

Thursday Night Football live streamed via NFL.com

Panthers Vs. Buccaneers Week 2 Betting Trends

  • Both teams have performed miserably for bettors during Thursday Night Football, as Carolina is 0-4 ATS in its last four appearances in the time slot, while Tampa Bay is 0-5 ATS in its last five.
  • The Panthers boast a 23-14 straight-up, all-time lead in their NFC South rivalry series with the Buccaneers.
  • Carolina is 8-4 against the spread in its last 12 meetings with Tampa Bay.
  • The Bucs are just 1-5 ATS in their last six road matchups against the Panthers and are 0-7 SU across their last seven overall road games.
  • Tampa Bay has a 7-2 ATS record during Week 2 games over the last nine seasons.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the last six games involving these teams.
  • The road team has covered in seven of the last 10 meetings between the Panthers and Bucs, while the underdog has cashed tickets five of the last six times these rivals have clashed.

Panthers Vs. Buccaneers Week 2 Stats And Info

Ian Rapoport reported that Bucs head coach Bruce Arians isn’t ready to give up on Winston after an abysmal outing to start the 2019 NFL season (via NFL.com):

My understanding is the Bucs are still very confident in Jameis Winston. Obviously last week was not as good as they wanted. But in Bruce Arians' tenure -- first of all, he's gotten success out of basically every single quarterback, but it does take some time. They know that. And even his best reclamation project, Carson Palmer, took several weeks to really get into it and understand the offense and get comfortable and kind of limit some of the mistakes. Not to say Jameis Winston is going to be (Palmer), but at the very least they are confident.

Ed Werder tweeted that veteran Carolina tight end Greg Olsen should be on the field tonight despite being officially designated as questionable:

ESPN Stats & Info found that Jameis Winston now has more multi-interception performances than anyone in the league since he was drafted No. 1 overall four years ago:

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera likes what he saw on Sunday from rookie pass-rusher Brian Burns, who made his debut after being selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft (via Panthers.com):

He did some really good things. He gave us a little extra push, a little quickness off the edge. He read a play very nicely, made a nice tackle for loss. A little undisciplined a couple of times in his rush lanes, a little undisciplined a couple times in his run gap responsibilities. I think that’s things we’re going to get with young guys and giving young guys opportunities to get on the football field and they have to understand how important it is to do their job. As far as I was concerned he really did a heck of a job and had a pretty doggone good day for a rookie starting out there.

NFL Research noted that Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey became the only player to notch multiple performances with over 10 receptions and 120 rushing yards. He gashed the Rams last week for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 19 rushing attempts and caught 10 passes for 81 yards in the same game:

Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles praised McCaffrey and said it will be hard to stop the star running back from making his mark on Thursday Night Football in Week 2 (via Buccaneers.com):

[McCaffrey] creates a lot of problems. He had about 200 total yards yesterday [himself in 343] yards of offense. Again, not just running the ball but catching the ball, as well. He is a great route runner, he has great hands [and] he is probably one of the best all-around backs in the game right now.

NFL Matchup on ESPN pointed out that these teams both ranked amongst the top teams in the league at defending the pass in Week 1:

Shannon Sharpe is taking the Panthers tonight because he thinks that Cam Newton is the better quarterback involved:

Panthers Vs. Buccaneers Week 2 Injury Report

Carolina

Bruce Irvin, LB/DE: Hamstring (DNP) - OUT

Rashaan Gaulden, S: Groin (Limited) - QST

Greg Olsen, TE: Back (Full) - QST

 

Tampa Bay

Blaine Gabbert, QB: Shoulder (DNP) - OUT

Injury report courtesy of BucsNation.com

 

Thursday Night Football Week 2 Pro Predictions

Pick: Buccaneers +7

Prediction: Panthers 21 – Buccaneers 17

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