2013 Week 8 NFL Thursday Night NFL Picks Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2013 Week 8 Thursday Night NFL Football
Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Date: 8:25 p.m. ET – Time: 8:25 p.m. EST  –  Network: NFL Network
Week 8 Thursday Night Football Odds: Carolina -6.5 (O/U: 40) @ JustBet

Buccaneers Panthers Free PicksThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars are the only two teams without wins this year (and have become punchlines in the 2013 NFL season).  But, the difference this Tampa Bay team that is hosting Carolina tonight and the sorry Jaguars is that the Bucs have been very much in all but one of their six games this year.  They’ve played fairly well defensively despite their offense constantly putting them in bad situations. Still, Tampa Bay obviously won’t be anyone’s play of the week anytime soon due to the disaster they have become.  They also start a first-year quarterback making just his 4th start.  And, things just keep getting worse for the Greg Sciano regime. To pile on the misfortunes for the Bucs, they also lost their workhorse running-back Doug Martin for the season in their loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

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Unlike Tampa Bay, Carolina has been able to right the ship, winning 3 of their last 4 and getting back to .500. Ron Rivera has this squad playing sound defense (at 14 points per game) and also has them believing they are true playoff contenders. Cam Newton also seems to have learned a thing or two about ball control as he has learned limit his turnovers. After turning the ball over 4 times in week 5 at Arizona, he has no interceptions and one fumble since. He’s alson been more accurate, completed 77% of his passes in week 6 at Minnesota and very impressive 88% in week 7 against St. Louis. Despite Carolina’s 3-3 record, it seemed like they were going to win the game in 2 of their 3 losses, but just couldn’t close them out.

Carolina @ Tampa Bay Side Trends of Note
Tampa Bay is 10-27 ATS in their last 28 home games (one push)
Tampa Bay is 0-4 ATS when coming off a loss.
Carolina is 6-2 when playing NFC teams.
Carolina is currently 5-1 when playing a sub .500 team.

Carolina @ Tampa Bay Over/Under Trends of Note
Overs are 8-1 in Carolina’s last 9 games as a Divsional Road Favorite
Overs are 4-1 in the last 5 matchups between Carolina & Tampa Bay
Overs are 6-1 in Bucaneers games when playing Atlanta the previous week.
Overs are 3-1 in games where Carolina is playing their 7th game of the year
Overs are 2-1 in Carolina’s road games this season (40 Point Average)

Panthers @ Buccaneers Free Pick for 10/24/13: Over 40 (@ JustBet)

 

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About the author: Lou Palumbo

 

Lou Palumbo has been a blogger and sports handicapper for almost 15 years now and is the type of writer/handicapper we look for at TC-Sports-Picks. From a very young age, he's had a passion for sports, numbers, technology and business. This interest has led him to his career working in the sports betting industry, using his skills as an employee & partner at several top sports handicapping firms. He's is also known for his role in creating & managing the forums at Cappersinfo.com, a well known sports betting portal with a popular handicapping forum. He's also developed working computer systems to assist in beating the books, and has generated several winning seasons in every major betting sport. Lou has also developed a keen understanding as to what makes the oddsmakers set a number, what type of plays attract the sharps, and what makes the sports betting public fall for a sucker bet. It's safe to say, he's well in the black in his sports betting career and we're glad that he will be sharing some of that info, and also posting free picks and trends here at Total Choice Sports Picks.

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