Monday Night Football Odds, Week 5, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers Betting Lines and Prediction

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) at Carolina Panthers (1-3)

Where Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
When Monday, October 10, 8:30 PM
Lines Carolina Panthers -6 / 46 as seen at Bovada.
TV ESPN
Prediction Panthers 23, Buccaneers 20

The murky playing status of quarterback Cam Newton is the overriding story in what is shaping up as an early-season elimination game between the Carolina Panthers and the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night. Newton, who guided Carolina to the Super Bowl last season, has not practiced all week due to a concussion sustained in last week’s loss to Atlanta.

ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS (1-3): Tampa Bay was held to seven points for the second time in three games in last week’s 27-7 home loss to Denver as quarterback Jameis Winston continues to struggle in his second season. Winston has thrown as many interceptions (eight) as touchdown passes — seven coming in the past three weeks — and has absorbed a league-high 39 hits, although coach Dirk Koetter said playing from behind has left his quarterback more vulnerable. Wideout Mike Evans has 26 receptions and three touchdowns in three games, but running backs Doug Martin (hamstring) and Charles Sims (knee) could both miss Monday’s game with injuries. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is also a question mark due to a calf injury.

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ABOUT THE PANTHERS (1-3): Carolina has issues on both sides of the ball, scoring only 10 points in a Week 3 home loss to Minnesota before its defense was shredded for 48 points in last week’s drubbing at Atlanta. Anderson was 17 of 23 for 172 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, including a game-clinching pick-six, in relief of Newton last week. “Guys have a lot of respect for him,” said Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, who has 24 receptions and a pair of touchdowns. “He’s been in the fire as the starter, as a backup in places he’s been. Every time he’s coming in he’s delivered.” Carolina had one of the league’s stingiest defenses in 2015, but it was carved up for 503 passing yards by the Falcons.

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