Buccaneers v. Panthers Preview: Week 1

Published: September 3rd, 2014
By Bucstats.com
Not that I don't think he could kick the shit out of me, but those guns aren't big enough to use that as a celebration.

The only player still on the team when I searched “panthers” in the media section.

Minds and hearts will be broken when people see that this isn’t a post by Scott- if anyone is even still frequenting this site.

I’m going to do my damndest to at least post a game preview and review each week.  This site used to be my go-to, like many of it’s readers, for Bucs related news.  For the regular season I’d like to see it get off life support (or exhumed).

Week one is going to determine whether Tampa is going to realistically contend for a wildcard spot come January.  It will be hard enough in the NFC to do that, and even harder if they drop what is to be their best shot at the Panthers this weekend.  Let’s see how Lovie Smith fares, hope Tedord’s offense works, and pray a real defense can get the most out of Gerald McCoy.

Half of Carolina’s talent on offense either retired or walked in free agency, and there’s no better time to catch them out of sync than the first Sunday of the season.  On top of the questionable offensive line, receivers, and use of their running backs, the Panther’s have to worry about Cam Newton’s fractured rib and bum ankle.  Not that I’d be disappointed to see Derek Anderson start in his stead, I’m just being realistic in expecting Cam to show up regardless of what ails him.

Though Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams are back to full strength, I don’t see an offense where the only receiving threat is Kelvin Benjamin being able to put too many points on the board against Tampa’s defense.  The front four should be able to put pressure on Cam, especially with Jordan Gross out of the picture, and the secondary only has to contain the rookie.  Unless Newton and the running backs have a big day on the ground, they shouldn’t be frequenting the endzone.

Josh and the boys (I briefly thought of Freeman only to both shudder and shake my head) face a supremely talented front seven.  The lackluster secondary, I feel, is going to be a difference maker.  Melvin White and Antoine Cason should be overmatched by Vincent Jackson and (even a raw) Mike Evans.  If Seferian-Jenkins gets in on the action then McCown should have a lot of flexibility moving the ball.  McDermott is also going to have to respect a healthy Doug Martin.

This is a very winnable game, and to make things better it’s at home.  Barring injury, I think Tampa comes away in a close one.

Score Prediction:  17-14 Bucs

Buccaneers v. Panthers Preview: Week 1

Published: September 3rd, 2014
By Bucstats.com