The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hitting the road to take on the NFC South rival Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in primetime on Thursday Night Football.
Both teams dropped their openers, the Bucs falling 31-17 to the 49ers and the Panthers getting edged by the defending NFC champions Rams 30-27.
But for those who aren’t a fans of the traditional spread — which has the Panthers pegged as a touchdown favorite for the game — there are other, more creative ways to bet on the contest between the division rivals.
Here are five prop bets worth a look for the game.
Cash in on a Big Day From Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey
GettyPanthers RB Christian McCaffrey
The Panthers have made no qualms that Christian McCaffery is their guy on offense. He’s going to carry the load and has his eyes set on a historic season.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton spoke about some of those expectations this week at practice.
“He told me straight up, he said one of his goals is to have 1,000 yards receiving and 1,000 yards rushing,” Cam Newton told reporters this week.
Newton even joked that the reason the Panthers didn’t take too many deep shots was because offensive coordinator Norv Turner has McCaffery on his fantasy team.
“I think coach has got C-Mac up for fantasy this week,” Newton said, per Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith. “He picked C-Mac for fantasy. I should have went over and seen who he was drafting in his league. That’s probably why we aren’t doing deep passes.”
Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk are the only players in NFL history that have collected 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving in the same season.
“I think C-Mac’s going to be the third one,” Newton said. “And he’s a person, I don’t think he could just stop at 1,000, he wants like 1,500 apiece.”
McCaffrey will be busy against the Bucs. After Week 1, he’s second in the NFL with 128 rushing yards and tied for third in the NFL with 10 catches.
Take Christian McCaffrey over 6.5 catches (-140) and over 88.5 rushing yards (-130).
Odds via MyBookie.
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