August 30, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) warms up on the field before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
The Buccaneers host the Panthers Sunday, but Carolina enters the game as the betting favorite.
The Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open their season in Tampa on Sunday.
Despite being the road team, the Panthers are currently 3-point favorites, accoring to OddsShark.com. Carolina is 6-4 in its last 10 games against the Bucs and are also 6-4 against the spread during those games. The Panthers were also a strong bet against the spread last season, going 9-7 while Tampa Bay was just 4-12 against the spread in 2011.
Carolina won both meetings between the teams last season and did so in blowout fashion. The Panthers beat the Bucs 48-16 at home and came out with a 38-19 win in Tampa. Oddsmakers are expecting a lot of offense Sunday, with the over/under currently set at 46.5 points, one of the higher totals of Week 1 games.