Buccaneers at Panthers spread, odds, picks and trends: Expert predictions for NFL Week 16 game

The Buccaneers dropped to 10-4 on the year after a 9-0 loss to the Saints. Tampa Bay is now 1-4 against New Orleans with Tom Brady at QB. But the more staggering stat is the shutout. Brady hadn’t been blanked in a game since 2006. Just to give you an idea of how long ago that was, no member of the Saints’ defense from last week was in the league at that point. The rest of the Bucs schedule are against teams well below .500. Here’s the catch: they’re going to need outside help to secure home-field advantage. And more importantly, Leonard Fournette, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin all exited the New Orleans loss early. Godwin is done for the year with a torn ACL and Evans is week-to-week. Tampa is obviously a much different offense without those three but still opened as an 11.5-point favorite against the Panthers.

Carolina has dropped nine of 11 games since its 3-0 start, including losses in each of the past four weeks. The Panthers fell 31-14 at the Bills last week as the offense continues to sputter. Cam Newton completed under 50 percent of his passes for 156 yards, one touchdown and one interception and a rushing touchdown. Both Carolina scoring drives started inside Buffalo territory. Yes, this is a heavy line and Tampa is banged up. We just haven’t seen enough from the Carolina offense to indicate they can cover. The Panthers haven’t covered the spread in any of their nine losses. Odds, Over/Under, Moneyline

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