Panthers-Buccaneers final score
The Carolina Panthers won a shootout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London, beating their NFC South rivals by a final score of 37-26. My under lean on 47.5 points did not end well, but I got the win with Panthers -2.
The Panthers looked like they were set to cruise in this matchup. They took a 10-0 lead before Ronald Jones ran in a score to cut the Bucs lead to 10-7. The Panthers then went on a 24-3 run to take a 34-10 lead. They looked set to cruise thanks to an atrocious game by Jameis Winston, but the Bucs showed some life. They scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter and converted both two-point conversions to cut the lead to 37-26. They got the ball back in the final few minutes, but a Jameis Winston interception just before the two minute warning ended it.
It was a brutal game for Winston. He threw for 351 yards and a touchdown, but had five interceptions and a lost fumble (he fumbled another time but the Bucs recovered it). Chris Godwin did have a monster effort thanks to the huge yardage total. He finished the game with ten receptions for 150 yards. Mike Evans returned to the land of the living with nine receptions for 96 yards.
Christian McCaffrey led the way for the Panthers on offense. He only averaged 1.4 yards per carry on 22 rushing attempts, but he had a rushing touchdown and added 26 receiving yards and a touchdown. D.J. Moore led the team with 73 receiving yards while Curtis Samuel had 70 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Kyle Allen finished with 227 yards and two touchdowns.
The Panthers improve to 4-2, while the Bucs drop to 2-4. Both teams have a bye in Week 7.
The Panthers and Bucs kick off in less than 90 minutes from London, and that means inactives are out. There are no unexpected names on the list. Here are the full lists of inactives for each team.
Panthers: CB Donte Jackson, QB Cam Newton, EDGE Christian Miller, G Trai Turner, OT Greg Little, DB Natrell Jamerson, DE Bryan Cox Jr.
Buccaneers: G Alex Cappa, LB Jack Cichy, ILB Noah Dawkins, T Demar Dotson, TE Tanner Hudson, DL Patrick O’Connor
The NFL is back in London for Week 6, and we get an early start providing some breakfast football. The game kicks off at 9:30 a.m. ET and will air exclusively on NFL Network. Apologies to the west coast, although if you don’t have NFL Network, you can probably just sleep in.
We’re here to give you a hand however in preparation for the early matchup.
Game Time/TV channel
It’s a way too early 9:30 a.m. ET start. This means inactives arrive at 8:00 a.m. I live in Washington, D.C. and while I did live in San Francisco for nine years, I got out before these insane early starts. The game will air on NFL Network if you’re up and want to watch.
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Given how early the game is, you’ll want to set your lineup the night before in case you sleep in. Nobody wants to miss out on a key start because they didn’t feel like getting up for 9:30 a.m. football. There are some obvious fantasy starts, but some question marks persist. From the group below, the “decent start” option will depend on your specific lineup situation. They’re not bad starts, but you might have better bench options.
Strong start: WR Chris Godwin, WR Mike Evans, RB Christian McCaffrey
Decent start: QB Jameis Winston, RB Ronald Jones, RB Peyton Barber, K Matt Gay, Bucs D/ST, WR D.J. Moore, WR Curtis Samuel, Panthers D/ST, TE Greg Olsen, K Joey Slye
Sit: TE O.J. Howard, QB Kyle Allen
Pick against the spread
If you want to get a wager in on some London action, I’m guessing you can get up in time for the game. But if not, I’m here for you. I’m not a big fan of Kyle Allen at the moment. He had the huge performance against Arizona, but has regressed since then. However, I do like the Panthers -2 because of Christian McCaffrey and a solid pass defense. They rank poorly against the run, but Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber aren’t exactly a dynamic duo.
I’m inclined to take the Panthers -2, and I lean under on the 47.5 point total. I think the defenses show up in a decent way in this one.
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