The Carolina Panthers are on the verge of becoming a good team. They are right at the cusp of becoming one of the most feared squads in the NFL. That means they have one objective in Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Don’t blow it. CBSsportsline.com reported that Cam Newton is completing 74 percent of his passes on third down. Yet, after six games, the Panthers are only (3-3).
When you’re approaching Halloween and your team hasn’t won a game yet, the product on the field is not about you. This is all about how the Carolina Panthers prepare and perform on the field.
First and foremost, Cam Newton has a dominant defense playing in the same uniform. The Panthers are second in scoring defense, behind the Kansas City Chiefs. They can certainly become a legendary unit over the course of this year, but they need to win a whole lot more games. They have already garnered one shutout victory this season.
Tampa Bay has been in ruins since day one. In fact, halfway through last season, the Greg Schiano empire started to crumble. With Mike Glennon starting his fourth game, he should have another rough day at the office.
Doug Martin will not be in the backfield for the Buccaneers tonight. That will make it even more of struggle to gain yards against the vaunted Panthers’ defense.
For Carolina, the Tampa Bay defense is nothing to laugh at, but they can’t let this unit win the game. Cam Newton has to be precise with the controlled passing game. One way that Tampa can hang in there with Carolina is by forcing turnovers. If they can’t, then this game shouldn’t be in question.
Carolina’s offense can score offensively, but they can also be stagnant. Three out of the last four games, the Panthers scored over 30. In the loss, they only scored six points. Thursday night games have known to be sloppy, so we will see what type of team shows up on the road.
Carolina is building something strong right now, but a loss would throw everything out the window. It would be a great accomplishment to get over .500. Could this be Shiano’s last stand? The grumbles in the Bay are getting louder for Greg Schiano’s departure. Yet, that won’t help him in tonight’s game.
Tampa Bay 15