Last Updated on December 31, 2022 7:12 pm by Erwin Noguera
Christmas Eve is over, and this only means that all the presents have been opened, there are no more cookies left, and we have seen an excellent NFL Week 16, so now we face the final stretch of the regular season.
The Christmas holiday weekend brought with it, in addition to intense emotions in the different games, a relentless cold in most NFL stadiums. In addition, we also witnessed some fascinating results shaking up the postseason landscape in both conferences.
Now, week 17 of the NFL regular season has already started with the Thursday Night Football game, so there are only Sunday and Monday’s games left to welcome the year as we all like it, with a lot of NFL.
Sunday, January 1 at 01:00 PM ET at Raymond James Stadium
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Why Bet on the Buccaneers
Tampa Bay is coming off a remarkable and all-important 19-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals in overtime in Week 16. This leaves the Buccaneers with a 7-8 record, which keeps them at the top of the NFC South, so a win on Sunday would be enough to take the division and write their name in the postseason.
Despite having shown many negative aspects during the season, especially in defense, the Buccaneers have known how to come out on top to take important victories. Tampa Bay’s defense has limited opponents to 20 points or fewer in nine games this season, winning seven.
Undoubtedly, Sunday’s game will be the Buccaneers’ biggest game of the year, and they are fortunate to have an experienced Tom Brady to lead them. Brady completes 66% of his pass attempts for 4,178 yards for 21 touchdowns against nine interceptions.
To make a difference, there is no doubt that Brady needs his WR1, Mike Evans, who has caught 67 passes for 917 yards but only three touchdowns.
Why Bet on the Panthers
On the other hand, we have the Carolina Panthers, a team that comes to this week 17 after winning four of their last six games. Thanks to this, they have a 6-9 record and are in second place in the NFC South, just one game behind the Buccaneers.
That is why this game between two teams of the same division is one of the most important and exciting of the day. A win for the Panthers would tie the Buccaneers for first place, and thus, they would fight on the last day for the division title.
In addition, the Panthers already know what it’s like to beat Tampa Bay this season, as they took a 21-3 victory at home at the beginning of this tournament.
The Panthers have one of the worst aerial offenses in the league. So far, Carolina is completing 59% of their passes, the second-lowest mark in the entire NFL.
In Week 16, the Panthers defeated the Lions by a score of 37-23, giving them a significant edge over an NFC opponent.
Final Betting Analysis: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cincinnati Panthers
A divisional battle can always bring surprises, especially with severe postseason implications.
At MyBookie.ag, we can see that there is a Moneyline that favors Tampa Bay Buccaneers at -173, while Carolina Panthers start at +140.
For this game, our selection will be a win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and we also suggest the SPREAD bet on Tampa Bay at -3.
Look for a straight win on the Moneyline Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If you put $100 on the Buccaneers at -173, you’ll be looking at a $57.80 win with a total payout of $157.80.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers