This week's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should be a win for the Panthers. Afterall, they demolished the Bucs only a few weeks ago in Tampa Bay before a national television audience. Yet hardly anyone is talking about this game, which worries me.
The Bucs are on a 3 game win streak, most recently winning in Detroit against a decent Lions team. As the Panthers found out on Sunday, any road win against a legitimate NFL team is no easy task.
Warning: This is not the Buccaneers team the Panthers faced in week 8.
Many things add up to this being a classic "trap game" for the Panthers. A game that is overlooked and a win that is taken as a give.
1. The Panthers convincing victory over the Bucs in week 8.
2. The Panthers are riding high on a 7 game win streak (that will most likely end at some point).
3. A huge game against the Saints for the division lead next week on national television.
4. It is Thanksgiving week which means added distraction and extra time off for the players.
Add all of these things together, and Sunday's game against the Bucs could be the biggest trap game of the season.
This will not be the case if we fug around and lose to the Bucs. This team knows that.
Secondly.... Its a rivalry. These cats cant wait to put a smackin on the Bucs. It's in their DNA to want to hurt those butt-pirates.