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NFL Gambling - Tampa Bay at Carolina

NFL gambling handicappers may take a second look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after an impressive performance in their football gambling opener.
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NFL gambling expectations remain low for the Carolina Panthers, who did little to alter their status of an also-ran in their football gambling kickoff last week.

The Panthers will host the Bucs on Sunday.  Check Sports-Gambling for both the side and total odds and open an account for all of the action. Kickoff is at 1:05 PM Eastern Time.

The Carolina Panthers failed to cover the NFL odds last week in an 18-31 loss to the New York Giants as 5.5 road dogs as the game soared over the total.  It was a bad beginning for quarterback Matt Moore’s first season as the full time starter as he had to leave the game with a concussion.

Head coach John Fox expects Moore to see action this week although his status was “day-to-day.”  Fox wants to stick with Moore despite his 3 interceptions thrown in the red zone last week.  The defense may have been even worse as it allowed 378 total yards to the Giants.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers scored a 17-14 NFL bet win over the Cleveland Browns as 2.5-point home chalks with the game staying under the number.  The win was a much needed shot in the arm for a rebuilding and young Tampa Bay team along with 2nd year head coach Raheem Morris.

Quarterback Josh Freeman won plenty of respect and praise for playing through a thumb injury to his throwing hand while commanding the win.  “It was a real gutsy performance in my opinion for Josh Freeman,” said Bucs offensive coordinator Greg Olson.  “He came out and played with pain.

It’s a credit to him and his will to play and his toughness.”  Freeman’s 33-yard touchdown pass to Michael Spurlock proved to be the difference in the game.  Freeman completed 60 percent of his passes for 182 yards and 2 TD’s.

Carolina has covered the spread in13 out of their last 18 matchups with Tampa Bay including 6 out of their last 9 head to head NFL gambling matchups at home with the Bucs.  Tampa Bay has gotten the money in 4 out of their last road games with 4 of those games going over the total.

Carolina has paid out in 4 out of their last 5 home games with 4 of those games going over the total.