Cam Newton enjoys dealing with the Buccaneers. The one factor is, this is probably not the similar Panthers quarterback who has thrown for 29 touchdowns towards Tampa Bay.
Newton was once so-so within the opening loss to the Rams, and his minus-2 yards dashing have been a profession low. He did pass 25 for 38 for 239 yards, however had no touchdowns and one interception. Had it no longer been for the yeoman effort of operating again Christian McCaffrey (128 yards dashing, two rankings; 10 receptions for 81 yards), a 30-27 defeat would had been a rout.
Nonetheless, the Panthers, tied for No. 17 within the AP Professional 32, are 5½-point favorites over No. 31 Tampa Bay on Thursday evening.
Coming off shoulder issues, Newton threw just one move past 20 yards, hardly ever his standard mode of operation. However he insists he is wholesome.
“You might be best asking me as a result of my shoulder,” Newton mentioned of all of the check-downs towards the Rams. “How about this, communicate to the defensive coordinator for Tampa and ask if they do not assume I will throw the ball over 20 yards and spot how a long way that will get you?”
The Buccaneers did not get very a long way at house vs. the 49ers, falling through 14 issues. They’d much more issues within the passing recreation as Jameis Winston threw two pick-6s towards a San Francisco protection that did not even know what a takeaway was once final season.
“Be informed from what you probably did, get it corrected,” new Bucs trainer Bruce Arians mentioned. “And also you get it corrected, the wins will birth taking place.”
Now not this week.
KNOCKOUT POOL: The Seahawks squeezed through Cincinnati, and so did Professional Choices. Is there somebody in the market who isn’t choosing NEW ENGLAND this week at Miami?
No. 1 New England (minus 14) at No. 32 Miami
We repeat, is there somebody in the market who isn’t choosing New England this week? AP Professional32 has this one proper: best vs. backside.
BEST BET: PATRIOTS, 40-13
No. 13 Chicago (minus 1 1-2) at No. 24 Denver
Broncos trainer Vic Fangio reveals some additional motivation towards former employer.
UPSET SPECIAL: BRONCOS, 17-16
No. three New Orleans (plus three) at No. Four Los Angeles Rams
Saints are not looking for any additional motivation after officiating debacle in final season’s NFC championship recreation.
No. 20 San Francisco (plus 1) at No. 23 Cincinnati
Bengals could be higher than we concept.
No. 2 Kansas Town (minus 7½) at No. 19 Oakland
Raiders could be higher than we concept and can stay it shut.
No. 16 Buffalo (plus 2) at No. 29 New York Giants
Expenses appear to be host in Meadowlands with 2nd instantly recreation there, this time a loss.
No. 6 Dallas (minus 3½) at No. 26 Washington
Cowboys pass 2-Zero in department, Redskins pass Zero-2.
No. 17 (tie) Indianapolis (plus Four) at No. 12 Tennessee
AFC South seems ultra-competitive as soon as once more.
No. 21 (tie) Cleveland (pick-em) at No. 27 New York Jets, Monday evening
Have been top hopes for each golf equipment a mirage?
No. 30 Arizona (plus 12) at No. eight Baltimore
A few thrilling Heisman Trophy QBs on show. Lamar beats Kyler.
No. Nine Los Angeles Chargers (minus 2 1-2) at No. 28 Detroit
Starting to surprise about Matt Patricia’s defensive acumen in Detroit.
No. 25 Jacksonville (plus 7 1-2) at No. 14 Houston
Starting to surprise about Doug Marrone’s safety in Jacksonville.
No. 10 Seattle (plus three 1-2) at No. 15 Pittsburgh
Steelers cannot be that unhealthy, can they?
No. 7 Minnesota (plus three) at No. 11 Inexperienced Bay
Barring a tie, this type of groups can have great jump-start to NFC North name.
No. five Philadelphia (minus 2) at No. 21 (tie) Atlanta
Eagles and Falcons appear to fly into each and every different once a year.
Remaining Week: Towards unfold (11-Four-1). Immediately up (11-Four-1)
Season Totals: Towards unfold (11-Four-1). Immediately up: (11-Nine-Four-1)
Best possible Guess: 1-Zero towards unfold, 1-Zero instantly up
Disenchanted particular: 1-Zero towards unfold, 1-Zero instantly up
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