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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers 11/15/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Carolina Panthers on 11/15/2020 at 1:00PM.

Tampa Bay and Carolina face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. Tampa Bay has a record of 6-3 this season. Carolina is 3-6 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Tampa Bay Team Defense Preview

Tampa Bay faces 5.7 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 27.3 yards per drive, and this defense lets offenses score 1.84 points per drive. 33.0% of the time on defensive possessions, opponents will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but on 15.5% of defensive possessions, they force opponents to cough up the ball. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 29.6 and these drives typically last 2:43.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 89.6 and on 3.4% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Tampa Bay has caused a sack rate of 8.1% this season.

We will get more situational with Tampa Bay and examine various situations. They have faced 115 third down attempts this season and opponents have converted 48 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 41.7%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 11 fourth down conversion attempts this season and opponents have converted 6 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 92.9%. Defensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone, which is why defenses strive to avoid this from happening. They have had allowed offenses 30 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 19 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 63.3%.

Tampa Bay Team Offense Preview

Tampa Bay has 5.8 plays per drive, this offense averages 30.7 yards per drive, and they score 2.39 points per offensive possession. On 43.1% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but on 9.8% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their offensive drives start typically at their Own 30.7 yard line, they typically last 2:34.

On 5.8% of passes thrown, it results in a touchdown and 2.0% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Tampa Bay has yielded 13 sacks this season and this has resulted in 86 yards lost.

They rushed for 4.0 yards per carry and for 92.1 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 9 times this season.

Let’s get situational with the Tampa Bay and examine various situations. They have had 110 third down attempts this season and successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 44 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 40.0%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 9 fourth down conversion attempts this season and successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 5 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 55.6%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 32 Red Zone entrances this season and have converted 24 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 75.0%.

Carolina Team Defense Preview

Carolina yields 7.0 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 38.5 yards per drive, and this defense lets offenses score 2.73 points per drive. 51.2% of the time on defensive possessions, opponents will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 14.3% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 31.1 yard line, they typically last 3:06.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 94.7 and 1.5% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Carolina has forced a sack rate of 2.9% this season.

Examining Carolina in a few key defensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have encountered 107 opponent third down attempts this season and opponents have converted 58 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 54.2%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 1 fourth down conversion attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 1 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 68.8%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 33 Red Zone entrances this season and their opponents have converted 20 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a success rate of 60.6%.

Carolina Team Offense Preview

Carolina has 6.9 plays per drive, this offense averages 39.6 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 2.51 points per drive. 48.8% of the time on offensive possessions, they will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 10.7% of the time, they are afflicted by the turnover bug. Their offensive drives start typically at their Own 26.4 yard line, they usually take up 3:20 of time.

3.5% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by Carolina and 1.9% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Carolina has yielded 18 sacks this season and this has resulted in 113 yards lost.

Carolina rushed for 4.4 yards per carry and for 109.9 yards per game. This offense coughed up the ball 5 times this season.

Let’s get situational with the Carolina and examine various situations. They have had 107 third down attempts this season and successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 47 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 43.9%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had 13 fourth down attempts this season and have converted 8 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 61.5%. Offensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone. They have had 30 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 18 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 60.0%.

The Tampa Bay Roster

The Players to Watch for Tampa Bay

Tom Brady QB 6-4 225

This season, Tom Brady has put up 2398 yards and 20 touchdowns. He has thrown 7 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 96.2thus far this season. Tom Brady has thrown 7 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Tom Brady has 6 rushing yards, which puts him in the 18.75 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 17 times this season, which puts him in the 51.56 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2 rushing touchdowns this season.

Ronald Jones II RB 5-11 208

This season, Ronald Jones II has 538 rushing yards on 120 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 4 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Ronald Jones II picked up 118 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 25 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Mike Evans WR 6-5 231

This season, Mike Evans picked up 437 yards. He caught the ball 34 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 7 receiving touchdowns this season.

Rakeem Nunez-Roches DT 6-2 307

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Tampa Bay, Rakeem Nunez-Roches has 3 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 28.45 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Jason Pierre-Paul DE 6-5 275

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Tampa Bay, Jason Pierre-Paul has 21 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 6 times this season, which put him in the 91.13 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 3.0 fumbles this season.

Antoine Winfield Jr. FS 5-9 203

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Tampa Bay, Antoine Winfield Jr. had 34 tackles which puts him in the 77.61 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 2 times this season. Antoine Winfield Jr. as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 63.39 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Jamel Dean CB 6-1 206

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Tampa Bay, Jamel Dean had 34 tackles which puts him in the 91.84 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jamel Dean as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 65.22 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

The Carolina Roster

The Players to Watch for Carolina

Teddy Bridgewater QB 6-2 215

This season, Teddy Bridgewater has put up 2416 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has thrown 6 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 98.7thus far this season. Teddy Bridgewater has thrown 6 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Teddy Bridgewater has 180 rushing yards, which puts him in the 87.5 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 32 times this season, which puts him in the 81.25 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2 rushing touchdowns this season.

Mike Davis RB 5-9 221

This season, Mike Davis has 353 rushing yards on 85 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Mike Davis picked up 278 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 43 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Robby Anderson WR 6-3 190

This season, Robby Anderson picked up 751 yards. He caught the ball 60 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Derrick Brown DT 6-5 326

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Carolina, Derrick Brown has 14 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 28.45 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Brian Burns DE 6-5 250

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Carolina, Brian Burns has 21 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 73.39 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 3.0 fumbles this season.

Jeremy Chinn FS 6-3 221

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Carolina, Jeremy Chinn had 38 tackles which puts him in the 85.07 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jeremy Chinn as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 63.39 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Rasul Douglas CB 6-2 209

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Carolina, Rasul Douglas had 26 tackles which puts him in the 73.47 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Rasul Douglas as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 24.46 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 25 Carolina Panthers 23

Spread Pick: Carolina +6.5 -115 Intertops
Moneyline Pick: Tampa Bay -245 5Dimes
Total Pick: Under 51 -105 Bookmaker