The Carolina Panthers are unbeaten since starting quarterback Cam Newton went down with a foot injury. Can backup Kyle Allen keep the magic going on Sunday against NFC South rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers? The Panthers are short favorites for the game in London on the Mybookie NFL odds.
How to Bet Panthers vs Buccaneers NFL Week 6 Odds & Game Info
In Week 2 on a Thursday, the Bucs were 20-14 winners in Charlotte. The Bucs sniffed out a fourth-and-1 play from the 2-yard line with Vernon Hargreaves shoving Christian McCaffrey out of bounds with 1:22 left.
Jameis Winston threw for 208 yards and a touchdown, Chris Godwin had 121 yards receiving and a score and Peyton Barber ran for 82 yards, but it was the Bucs defense that won this game.
Tampa Bay held the Panthers without a touchdown and limited McCaffrey to 53 total yards. Cam Newton threw for 324 yards but hasn’t played since due to his foot injury.
- Showers: 19°C/66°F
- Humidity: 83%
- Precipitation: 60%
- Cloud Cover: 86%
- Wind: 15 mph SSW
- Stadium Type: Open
Why Bet on Carolina?
The Panthers improved to 3-0 with backup Kyle Allen under center following a 34-27 home victory over Jacksonville on Sunday. Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey had 237 scrimmage yards (176 rushing, 61 receiving) and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving), his third consecutive game with at least 175 scrimmage yards.
McCaffrey, who has 587 rushing yards and 279 receiving yards this season, joins Pro Football Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas (1991) as the only players in NFL history to record at least 500 rushing yards and 250 receiving yards in their team’s first five games of a season. McCaffrey’s 866 yards from scrimmage are the second most in league history after five games, behind the 988 yards that NFL legend Jim Brown had in 1963.
Allen passed for 181 yards and a touchdown in the victory. Kyle is the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to begin his career 4-0 without throwing an interception in his first four career starts. Allen also became the first undrafted quarterback since Hall of Famer Kurt Warner in 1999 to win his first four career starts.
D.J. Moore caught six of eight targets for 91 yards. Star Greg Olsen failed to catch a pass in the win. He got just two targets. Rookie Brian Burns returned a fumble for a touchdown and forced a fumble of his own, making him just the third rookie since 2000 to record a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery for a touchdown all in the same game.
- Points per Game: 23.75
- Passing Yards: 243.00
- Rushing Yards: 108.25
- Yards per Play: 5.38
- Points per Game: 20.00
- Passing Yards: 156.75
- Rushing Yards: 130.75
- Yards per Play: 4.32
Why Bet on Tampa Bay?
The Bucs were 31-24 losers at New Orleans on Sunday. Jameis Winston completed 15-of-27 passes for 204 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Winston was under siege all afternoon, taking six sacks and failing to find Mike Evans for a single catch. Winston was extremely lucky to escape without a turnover, as he had one interception overturned by a delay of game penalty and another by defensive holding. He also had a fumble recovered by the Bucs. Evans could have a tough time bouncing back against James Bradberry and the Panthers in Week 6. Evans went just 5/64 across two 2018 matchups with Carolina.
Peyton Barber rushed eight times for 32 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs’ Week 5 loss. Neither Barber nor Ronald Jones could find much running room as the Saints kept caving in the Bucs’ offensive line.
Buccaneers right guard Alex Cappa suffered a broken left arm in the loss. Remarkably, he didn’t miss a snap, though the Buccaneers are now bracing for him to miss several weeks. Right tackle Demar Dotson is expected to miss Week 6 with calf and hamstring injuries. It’s unlikely he’ll make the trip to London.
Earl Watford, who started for Bucs coach Bruce Arians with the Arizona Cardinals, is expected to step in for Cappa, while Josh Wells will step in for Dotson. Carolina is currently 10th in the NFL in generating pressure on 30% of dropbacks, and the Panthers have the fourth-highest sacks per dropback rate at 9.2%.
Arians did say that starting middle linebacker Devin White will play against the Panthers after the Bucs held him out one more week due to a sprained MCL. Fellow LB Shaq Barrett — who had been on a historic pace, registering nine sacks in the first four games — did not record a sack Sunday. He also produced zero quarterback hits and just two tackles, going primarily against Terron Armstead.
- Points per Game: 30.75
- Passing Yards: 273.50
- Rushing Yards: 113.25
- Yards per Play: 5.73
- Points per Game: 29.25
- Passing Yards: 318.25
- Rushing Yards: 59.25
- Yards per Play: 5.51
Panthers vs Buccaneers NFL Week 6 Betting Trends
- Under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings
- Underdog is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings
- Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
- Panthers are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games against an opponent in the NFC conference
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Carolina’s last 5 games against an opponent in the NFC South division
- Buccaneers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games at home
- Buccaneers are 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 games played in October
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games played in week 6
Expert Final Score Prediction for Panthers vs Buccaneers
Carolina Panthers 24 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23
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