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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 10/29/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore




CAROLINA (4 - 3) at TAMPA BAY (2 - 4)
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Week 8 Sunday, 10/29/2017 1:00 PM
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258TAMPA BAY-1.5-1.5
CAROLINA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-3+1.13-34-318.710.3319.1(5.1)1.919.910.0261.9(5.1)0.6
Road Games3-1+3.63-12-221.512.5346.5(5.6)1.718.510.7246.2(5)0.7
Last 3 Games1-2-1.91-22-117.710.0320.0(4.8)
Grass Games2-3-31-32-314.27.6285.6(4.5)
Division Games0-1-20-11-013.06.0288.0(5.2)
CAROLINA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)18.710.320.633:4629-97(3.4)21-3463.0%222(6.5)63-319(5.1)(17.1)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.411.520.530:1725-102(4.1)24-3764.5%254(6.9)62-356(5.8)(15.9)
Offense Road Games21.512.521.034:1831-98(3.1)21-3068.6%248(8.2)61-346(5.6)(16.1)
Defense (All Games)19.910.015.326:1022-81(3.7)20-2967.0%181(6.1)51-262(5.1)(13.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.81119.830:1628-113(4.1)22-3462.8%228(6.6)62-340(5.5)(14.3)
Defense Road Games18.510.715.225:4219-62(3.3)21-3068.0%184(6)49-246(5)(13.3)
CAROLINA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.61.61.813-541.1%1-036.9%2-46(23)17-2(7.6)7-57
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-435.2%1-140.0%0-6(22.5)1-6(5.1)6-51
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.70.61.3 14-640.8%1-049.2%2-36(20.3)22-2(12.3)7-62
Stats Against (Road Games) 12-432.7%2-142.9%0-11(22.5)1-7(6.7)6-45

TAMPA BAY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-4-2.41-44-224.29.7392.8(6.3)1.525.213.0408.5(6.2)1.5
Home Games2-1+11-21-222.716.3384.7(6)0.316.37.7363.7(5.4)2.0
Last 3 Games0-3-3.40-22-124.74.3423.3(6.4)1.729.015.7422.7(6.8)1.7
Grass Games2-1+11-21-222.716.3384.7(6)0.316.37.7363.7(5.4)2.0
TAMPA BAY - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)24.29.722.728:3122-80(3.6)25-4063.5%313(7.8)62-393(6.3)(16.3)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.49.820.231:0826-101(3.9)23-3763.2%246(6.7)63-348(5.5)(16.2)
Offense Home Games22.716.322.729:2326-106(4.1)22-3857.4%279(7.3)64-385(6)(17)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.19.810.118.929:2227-104(3.9)22-3463.6%226(6.7)61-330(5.4)(16.6)
Defense Home Games16.37.722.030:3722-75(3.3)30-4567.9%289(6.5)67-364(5.4)(22.3)
TAMPA BAY - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-749.4%1-00.0%1-27(23.3)1-10(10.2)6-53
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.50.51 14-539.3%1-031.1%2-39(21.5)16-2(8.6)7-59
Stats Against (Home Games) 14-644.2%1-00.0%1-22(22)2-20(12.2)7-56
Average power rating of opponents played: CAROLINA 21.6,  TAMPA BAY 20.3
CAROLINA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/10/2017@ SAN FRANCISCO23-3W-4W44.5U38-11614-25-171215-5124-35-1662
9/24/2017NEW ORLEANS13-34L-5L46.5O22-13219-33-156327-14922-29-2130
10/1/2017@ NEW ENGLAND33-30W9W48O29-14022-29-304219-8032-45-2930
10/8/2017@ DETROIT27-24W2W41.5O28-2826-33-334015-5023-35-1921
10/22/2017@ CHICAGO3-17L-3L39.5U30-10821-34-185326-684-7-850
10/29/2017@ TAMPA BAY            
11/26/2017@ NY JETS            

TAMPA BAY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/24/2017@ MINNESOTA17-34L1L41O9-2628-40-316337-12525-33-3690
10/1/2017NY GIANTS25-23W-2.5L46.5O23-11122-38-323028-9130-49-2880
10/5/2017NEW ENGLAND14-19L3.5L55U20-9026-46-319023-11330-40-2892
10/15/2017@ ARIZONA33-38L-2.5L46.5O21-6827-42-346235-16018-22-2722
10/22/2017@ BUFFALO27-30L3T46.5O25-6932-44-378333-17320-33-2611
11/5/2017@ NEW ORLEANS            
11/12/2017NY JETS            
11/26/2017@ ATLANTA            
CAROLINA: Carolina moved away from the power running game that was so effective in 2015, using more three-wide formations and running QB Cam Newton far less often. The offense struggled: Newton regressed as a passer (his 52.9% completion percentage was a career-worst) while receivers rarely created separation. First-round draft pick RB Christian McCaffrey is effective as a power runner and a slot receiver, and second-rounder WR Curtis Samuel is also a moveable chess piece with run-after-catch ability. New coordinator Steve Wilks, a Carolina assistant since 2012, won't be changing a thing about the Panthers' 4-3 scheme. LBs Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson are the most athletic and effective linebacking corps in the league, though Davis is bound to slow down at age 34. The defensive line was too inconsistent last year, and the Panthers' inexperienced secondary was asked to cover for too long on too many plays.
TAMPA BAY: QB Jameis Winston is developing nicely under head coach Dirk Koetter, reading the field at an advanced level for a young passer. Strong-handed WR Mike Evans led the league in targets last year, and Tampa added deep threat WR DeSean Jackson and first-round draft pick TE O.J. Howard this spring. RB Doug Martin will lead the power running game when his suspension ends in Week 4, with RBs Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber likely to fill in. Tampa's defense improved greatly over the course of last season, allowing just 17.1 points per game in the second half of the year. CB Vernon Hargreaves and DE Noah Spence showed great promise and development as rookies, while veterans CB Brent Grimes and DT Gerald McCoy played at a high level. LBs Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander enjoyed a productive season as the Bucs were the best third-down defense in the NFL.
Bucs host Panthers in battle of frustated clubs

TAMPA, Fla. -- The stumbling Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are far from Super Bowl form in the early season.

Sunday's game at Raymond James Stadium has developed into the Desperation Bowl with each team urgently searching for positive momentum in the NFC South Division race.

The Panthers (4-3) have dropped two straight games, including Sunday's punchless 17-3 defeat against the Chicago Bears, to go along with an earlier loss against the first-place New Orleans Saints.

Meanwhile, the last-place Buccaneers (2-4) are on a three-game losing streak (by a combined 13 points), punctuated by a 30-27 road defeat against the Buffalo Bills, when Tampa Bay surrendered a seven-point lead in the final minutes.

Both teams are questioning themselves and searching for solutions. The Panthers hoped to take pressure off quarterback Cam Newton this season, allowing him to utilize the team's playmakers. Instead, Newton already has suffered 22 sacks, including five against Chicago.

Carolina's offense has been hampered by the absence of tight end Greg Olsen and center Ryan Kalil. Olsen broke his foot in Week 2 and is out at last eight weeks. Kalil started against the Bears, but re-aggravated a neck injury that had sidelined him for five weeks, leaving his status for the Bucs in doubt.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the transition to rookie playmakers such as wide receiver Curtis Samuel and running back Christian McCaffrey hasn't been as smooth as anticipated.

"It depends on how we as a football team react to what has gone on," Rivera said. "It's the old saying, 'Everybody has a plan until you get hit in the mouth.'

"Well, we got hit in the mouth (against the Bears) -- whether it was by our own doing or by them. We have to find out who we are."

Rivera said he and his coaches have wondered whether they are trying to do too much.

"That's one of the things we have to look at in terms of our personnel groupings," Rivera said. "You put some young guys, new guys out on the field and it's not like you've had in the past. You're missing some key elements.

"When communications are made, they're simple hand signals and their tempo picks up and they can play faster. We're in a situation now that you've got so many new guys as you're going through this communication, it takes a little bit to register."

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, with his status somewhat in doubt because of a shoulder injury, continued his statistically productive season with 384 yards passing and three touchdowns against the Bills. Most of Tampa Bay's woes have shown up on defense.

The Bucs have only seven sacks in six games and their rate of 3.2 percent on sacks per pass attempt is last in the NFL. Tampa Bay ranks 31st in third-down conversion percentage, 30th in pass defense, 30th in total defense and 29th in points allowed at 25.2 per game.

Now the bickering has begun.

Following the game at Buffalo, safety T.J. Ward, a former Pro Bowler acquired from the Denver Broncos in the preseason, spewed his frustration. Ward said he was at his "wits' end" after playing about one-third of the snaps against the Bills.

"I did not come here to rotate," Ward said after the game. "I did not come here to be a part-time player. I came here to make this defense better."

Wednesday, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy chimed in. While couching his statements in claims that he's a "team guy" and will do whatever is asked, McCoy said his pass-rushing effectiveness has been limited by Tampa Bay's 3-3-5 alignment.

"Your rush has to be different for sure," McCoy said. "You can be aggressive, but not as aggressive because when you've got a guy who can run like Tyrod (Taylor of the Bills) could or like Cam (Newton) can, you've got to keep your hands up front and really just kind of mirror the quarterback.

"For me, I make guys move. That's why I give guards hell. Because once I get them in space, it's a problem. But when I'm in a three-man front, I can't really do that."

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he's aware of the complaints and quickly told the players it's always better to handle objections within the team instead of making them public.

"When you lose games you probably should have won, everybody is frustrated," Koetter said. "It's just human nature. The majority of our issues are self-inflicted. We're the only ones who can fix them."

A victory on Sunday would be the best problem-solver. That goes for the Panthers, too.

"The only thing you can do right now is you've got to get one game," Koetter said. "It is a factor (that) we have not played division games and those games can move you up fast. You've got to get one. You've just got to get one win."

Last Updated: 9/22/2018 10:12:49 PM EST

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