Panthers vs. Buccaneers: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

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Panthers vs. Buccaneers: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
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It's a tale of two teams headed in opposite directions when the Carolina Panthers visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night.

Cam Newton has been playing the best football of his career the past two games for Carolina, and the Panthers have won both games as a result. 

After opening up the season with two straight losses, the Panthers have now won three of their last four contests.

The Buccaneers, on the other hand, are being led on a sinking ship by head coach Greg Schiano, who has just one win to his credit in his team's last 12 games. 

Heading into Week 8, Tampa Bay has a record of 0-6. But one big victory at home could be the spark that turns this season around. 

 

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When: Thursday, Oct. 24, at 8:25 p.m. ET

Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

Watch: NFL Network

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket

Betting Lines (via Covers) 

  • Over/Under: 40.5 pts.
  • Spread: Tampa Bay (+7)

 

Panthers Injury Report (via Panthers.com)

NAME POSITION INJURY MON. TUE. WED. GAME STATUS
Blackburn, Chase LB Foot LP FP FP Probable
Edwards, Dwan DT Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Questionable
Jones, Colin S Non-Injury - DNP DNP Probable
LaFell, Brandon WR Knee LP FP FP Probable
Lester, Robert S Hamstring FP FP FP Probable
Olsen, Greg TE Foot LP FP FP Probable
Smith, Steve WR Ankle - - LP Probable
Thomas, Josh CB Illness - DNP FP Probable

 

Buccaneers Injury Report (via Buccaneers.com)

NAME POSITION INJURY MON. TUE. WED. GAME STATUS
Adams, Michael CB Knee FP FP - Probable
Barron, Mark S Hip LP FP - Probable
Bowers, Da'Quan DE Toe FP FP - Probable
Crabtree, Tom TE Ankle FP FP - Probable
Demps, Jeff RB Groin Out Out - Out
Goldson, Dashon S Knee LP LP - Questionable
Joseph, Davin G Knee FP FP - Probable
Martin, Doug RB Shoulder DNP DNP - Out
Nicks, Carl G Foot Out Out - Out
Owusu, Chris WR Foot LP LP - Questionable
Spence, Akeem DL Wrist FP FP - Probable
Tandy, Keith S Concussion DNP LP - Probable
Williams, Mike WR Hamstring FP LP - Questionable

 

Will Mike Glennon and Vincent Jackson Continue to Shine?

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Tampa Bay features the league's second-worst scoring offense, averaging just 14.5 points per game.

Making matters worse for this team is the news that second-year running back Doug Martin was lost for the season with a torn labrum, as reported by NFL: AroundTheLeague:

But rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has sparked the Buccaneers' offense the past couple of weeks by regularly connecting with receiver Vincent Jackson. Since the team's bye week, they have combined on 19 receptions for 252 yards and four touchdowns. 

Glennon has the arm strength to take advantage of Jackson's big-play abilities, and they've already shown some impressive chemistry.

But things get tougher this Thursday night, as Carolina features the league's No. 3-ranked defense, allowing just 302.2 yards per game, and the league's No. 2-ranked scoring defense, allowing just 13.8 points per game. 

If Jackson has another huge game, then the Bucs could pull off an upset. 

 

Prediction

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Carolina's defense is going to dominate Tampa Bay at the point of attack. Without the threat of a legitimate running game, the Buccaneers will be forced into a one-dimensional approach, which will only make matters worse.

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Although Glennon and Jackson have connected with regularity the past two games for the Bucs, Tampa Bay's offensive line will be overmatched by the front seven of Carolina.

On offense, the Panthers have impressively utilized the running game to set up the pass this season, averaging 130.2 rushing yards per game. 

Provided Newton takes care of the football, this is a game Carolina should win. But anything can happen—especially for road teams on short rest.

 

Final Score 

Panthers win 24-17.

 

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