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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the Carolina Panthers in divisional action that should make for a great Sunday afternoon. The Carolina Panthers lead the all-time series by a 24-16 margin. Tampa Bay defeated Carolina by a 31-17 margin on September 20.
Tampa Bay looks to reset after rough Monday night showing
In their last game, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were not able to escape the New Orleans Saints as they lost by a 38-3 margin. As a result, Tampa Bay looks to reset, and get more production from their offense. One player I would watch for in this game is wide receiver Antonio Brown. He made a minimal impact and his first game with the Buccaneers, catching three passes for 31 yards. A 50-yard reception was his longest of the afternoon.
Brown would certainly be a player that you should watch out for in this game for Tampa Bay. In Monday night’s contest, Tom Brady looked his way often. Brady definitely wanted to establish a connection with Brown, and it showed. He was a tremendous asset in what was otherwise a dismal night for Tampa Bay.
Carolina looks to establish high-power offense
For the Carolina Panthers, they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in a 33-31 defeat. They took the Super Bowl champs to the wire, and their offense certainly showed up in this game. For the Panthers, wide receiver Curtis Samuel played well. He caught nine passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. In his return, Christian McCaffrey showed why he is one of the best-threat running backs in all of football. He caught 10 passes for 82 yards, scoring a touchdown of his own.
Nevertheless, it was not enough for the Panthers to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs.
One player that I would watch for Carolina is Samuel. He has had a great couple of games. In addition to Sunday’s effort, he caught five passes for 31 yards and a touchdown against Atlanta a couple of weeks ago. He is really starting to heat up and play a high level. Teddy Bridgewater has seemed to really make Samuel a part of the offense, and that is certainly a positive thing for the Panthers moving forward.
I do not see Tom Brady having two bad back-to-back games. I see the Tampa Bay offense playing at a higher level than they did on Monday. Given how Carolina’s momentum is trending in the right direction, I can certainly see them putting up a fight. However, I would feel comfortable betting Tampa Bay in this one. They have too many weapons for the Carolina Panthers defense to keep up with.
Take Tampa Bay -6 in this one.
-- by Danny the Geek
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