Despite the fact that the Bucs have made some major moves this offseason, notably signing wide receiver Vincent Jackson, the Panthers are still slight favorites in the Week 1 matchup.
Depending on which website you use, the Panthers are favored from anywhere between one and three points, with 5Dimes only giving the Panthers a 1-point edge. Just Bet and Top Bet give the Panthers a 2-1/2-point edge, while Bovada has the Panthers as 3-point favorites.
The over under for the game opened at 46 1/2 points, but 5Dimes and Just Bet have increased it to 47. Top Bet still has the total at 46 1/2.
It's always difficult to predict early season NFL games, but it's clear that Vegas and gamblers prefer Cam Newton to Josh Freeman, despite Freeman and the Bucs having home field.
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