NFL Week 2 Predictions: Panthers vs Bucs Vegas Odds & Expert Breakdown: In week two of the 2010 NFL predictions season, the Carolina Panthers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an early season NFC South divisional NFL picks showdown. Las Vegas odds experts have the Carolina Pantehrs as a +3.5 point week 2 NFL picks favorite at home. In 2009, both teams performed well against the Las Vegas odds, especially Tampa Bay, which went 5-3 against the spread in their NFL predictions contests as a road underdog. Carolina swept the NFL picks season series against Tampa last season 16-6 and 28-21.
Carolina (0-1) struggled offensively against the New York Giants in their week one NFL picks 31-18 loss. Matt Moore, who had performed so well at quarterback during the last half of 2009, had a tough time against the Giants. He threw three interceptions and completed just 14 of 33 balls. He was replaced by 2010 draftee Jimmy Clausen. Moore will need to show improvement against the Bucs or the Panthers could have a quarterback controversy brewing. The running game, the bread and butter of the Panthers, also needs to improve for Sunday's week 2 NFL predictrions contest as DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart combined for only 74 yards rushing. The only bright spot was reliable receiver Steve Smith, who caught 5 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Tampa Bay (1-0) intercepted ex-Panther Jake Delhomme twice in its opening 17-14 NFL predictions win over the Cleveland Browns. The Browns were able to move the ball in the NFL picks contest but could not convert yardage into points. The Bucs successfully controlled the Browns’ running game but the Panthers bring a whole new level. Carolina will want to pound the Bucs and both backs have had success against Tampa Bay in their past NFL predictions battles. Linebackers Geno Hayes and Barrett Ruud were strong in the middle, leading the team in tackles, but they’ll need to strap it on tight against the Panthers.
Carolina will need to run the ball to win this week 2 NFLpredictions contest and then hope Moore can make the throws down the field. Tampa Bay is a young team and could feed off last week’s opening NFL picks win. To cover or outright win, the Bucs will need to control the run in Sunday's NFL predictions contest, first and foremost, or they will have no chance.
Look for the Bucs to do that, covering, and possibly winning this week 2 NFL picks battle on the road.
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