2013 Week 13 4* NFL Pick: PANTHERS -7

[Buccaneers/PANTHERS] While the Bucs may be 4-1 ATS in their last five games, there is no proof that they are any better than the the team that lost by 18 points to the Panthers at Home earlier this season. Newton, 88.3 rating, and the Panthers are 5-0 ATS in their last five games in allowing only 13.6 points per game. Look for the Panthers to go to the air against the Buccaneers’ 31st ranked Road passing defense. On the other side, look for Carolina’s #1 rated defense, and #2 Home defense that is only allowing 81.5 rushing yards per game, to slow Tampa’s Glennon, 91.6 rating, who has already powered 13 touchdowns.

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  1. WINNER – Buccaneers 6, PANTHERS 27 – Cam Newton walked into the press conference Sunday afternoon, flashed that familiar smile and gave a tip of the hat to his former college team.

    “War Eagle. War Eagle. War. Damn. Eagle,” Newton said.

    Carolina’s third-year quarterback capped a memorable weekend by throwing for 263 yards and two touchdowns and “Superman” leaped over the pile for another score as the Panthers (9-3) defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-6 on Sunday for a franchise-record eighth straight regular-season victory.

    “It wasn’t prototypical, or the way we wanted to win, but we found a way to win and that’s the most encouraging part about it,” said Newton, who rebounded from two interceptions.

    The victory set up a huge game next Sunday night in New Orleans against the Saints with first place in the NFC South on the line.

    “We’re ready,” said fullback Mike Tolbert, who had 48 yards rushing and 41 yards receiving in the win. “Around here we pride ourselves on being able to follow up one game with another.”

    The Panthers outgained the Buccaneers (3-9) 426-206.

    Newton ran for 68 yards, 53 on a first-quarter run to set up Carolina’s first touchdown. Newton, who led Auburn to a national championship and won a Heisman Trophy with the Tigers three years ago, is enjoying the best stretch of this professional career with 13 touchdown passes and five TDs rushing during the win streak.

    Glennon had thrown a touchdown pass in an NFL record eight straight games to start his career, but the Panthers kept the Bucs out of the end zone. The Panthers have not lost since a 22-6 defeat on the road to Arizona on Oct. 6 and confidence is at an all-time high in the locker room.

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