NFL Week 1 Picks – Panthers vs. Buccaneers Opening Spreads


One could make a disagreement that the Buccaneers were the general winners in free agency this offseason and the Panthers were the big losers. Tampa will probably look different under new coach Lovie Smith. The Bucs were very active in free agency and in reworking the offensive line. The important thing signings were quarterback Josh McCown (Bears), center Evan Dietrich-Smith (Packers), defensive end Michael Johnson (Bengals) and cornerback Alterraun Verner. McCown was excellent this past year in the place of an injured Jay Cutler, but he’s never started the full season and in fact wasn’t even in the NFL in 2012. His rating of 109.0 this past year was one of the greatest in the NFL, nevertheless now teams have tape on him and he won’t surprise anyone. Let’s take a look at NFL Week 1 Picks and Opening Spreads in this Panthers vs. Buccaneers matchup.

NFL Week 1 PicksQuite often McCown simply threw the ball up jump-ball style and let Chicago’s two big receivers, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, go get it. He may be able to keep doing that since the Bucs have two big receivers too, veteran Vincent Jackson and 2014 first-round draft pick Mike Evans from Texas A&M. He’s one of the favorites for Offensive Rookie of the Year at +600 on NFL odds.

The Panthers had little trouble sweeping the Bucs last year. The newest meeting was Week 13 in Charlotte, a 27-6 Carolina victory. It absolutely was the Panthers’eighth straight victory of 2014. The Bucs managed just 206 total yards and one third-down conversion against that terrific defense. Mike Glennon, who will backup McCown this season, was 14 of 21 for 180 yards with a pick. Newton threw for 263 yards, two touchdowns (one to LaFell, someone to Ginn) and two interceptions. He also led the team with 68 yards rushing and had a 1-yard TD run. The teams also met Week 8 in Tampa, a 31-13 Panthers victory as 6.5-point favorites on NFL odds. Newton threw for two scores and ran for one for the reason that game as well. Glennon threw for 275 yards with a touchdown but Tampa Bay fell to 0-7. The Bucs played without starting running back Doug Martin and top safety Dashon Goldson.The Panthers are 2-point road favorites on NFL odds.

NFL Free Picks: Take the points and the’under’39.5 points although oahu is the lowest total on the board. Carolina is 0-5 ATS in its past five season openers. The’under’is 9-1 in its past 10 games overall. The’under’is 4-0 in Tampa Bay’s past four home games in September.

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