The Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to face off in Week 8’s Thursday Night Football matchup. Carolina, at 3-3, is looking to extend a two-game winning streak by beating up on their winless (0-6) NFC South rivals. The game will be in Tampa Bay, but home-field advantage has done the Buccaneers little good thus far.
The over/under for the matchup is hovering right around 40 points. That total has gone under in four of Carolina’s last six games, and in 13 of Tampa Bay’s last 17 games.
Every NFL expert across Yahoo! Sports, CBS Sports and ESPN is currently projecting New Orleans to win at home. Even against the spread, none of CBS Sports’ eight experts were willing to entertain the idea of the Bills covering as 7.5-point underdogs.
The Bills have some good things going for them, including a solid running game behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, and a front seven spearheaded by Mario Williams and rookie Kiko Alonso. Hoping that they can take down the Saints appears to be too much to ask, however.
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Current Knicks have privately complained about the triangle as well, bemoaning its slow pace and predictable nature. It’s worth noting, though, that the Knicks have been competitive in their past two games while running more of Jackson’s preferred offense.
“It helps us to balance and make the other teams work a little bit,” he said.
The Knicks, of course, have struggled on both ends of the floor for much of the season. They enter play Tuesday 5.5 games out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, having lost seven of their past 10 games.
Regarding Brown’s suggestion that Jackson coach, the 71-year-old has said on several occasions that he doesn’t plan to return to the bench. New York ranks 16th in offensive efficiency and 25th in defensive efficiency, performing well below internal and external expectations entering the season.
“Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings organization,” Spielman said in a statement. “We will continue to have conversations with his representatives and leave our future options open while determining what is best for both parties moving forward.”
Peterson carried 37 times for 72 yards last season, returning in less than three months from his injury on Sept. 18 to play against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 18. However, he sat out the Vikings’ final two games because of an adductor strain he suffered in his first game back.
He won an MVP in 2012 and ranks 16th all time with 11,747 rushing yards, but he has failed to eclipse 40 carries in two of the past three seasons because of suspension and injuries.
Peterson recently told ESPN’s First Take he would like to remain in Minnesota but would be intrigued by the Houston Texans, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers if he becomes a free agent.