We're just in Week 2, but neither side wants to lose a divisional game already. The New Orleans Saints won in Week 1, meaning a loss this week will already put one side behind the curve early on.
These two sides last matched up in Week 13 of last season when the Bucs won 23-14 behind 2 TDs from Jameis Winston.
Week 1 Analysis:
Cam Newton wasn't as mobile in Week 1 as we're used to. He seemed to stick around in the pocket much more than usual, and defending him appeared more straight-forward than in previous seasons. He had just three carries all game, gaining no positive yardage on those attempts.
Head coach Bruce Arians and the Bucs will have to contain Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey. He's coming off a Week 1 performance of 209 yards and 2 TDs. Potentially the best dual-back in the league right now.
Jameis Winston is projected to finish with 280 passing yards on 22 completions. He averages 2.2 TDs and 0.7 INTs per sim.
Cam Newton is projected to finish with 258 passing yards on 20 completions, along with 49 yards on the ground. He averages 2.5 TDs total per sim and 0.6 INTs per.
Tampa Bay to cover.
Two-star (out of four) hot-trend pick here. Odds indicate there's a 52 percent chance the Bucs cover on the road. That happens in a similar percentage of simulations. The ideal pick would be to buy a half-point and push it up for +7.5. The Panthers' average margin of victory in sims is +6 points.
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