It is week 2 in the NFL and the Carolina Panthers will be playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Raymond James Stadium. This all sounds quite normal and par for the course. But at this moment, in this season, it is anything but typical.
This season, the bargain basement rebuilding Carolina Panthers have a chance to effectively end the season of the over priced, over paid, and over the hill Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That’s right. If the Buccaneers lose to the Panthers this Sunday you can go ahead and stick a fork in them. They won’t be recovering.
After a poor showing against the New Orleans Saints, the word is now officially out on Tom Brady. He is barely a shadow of his former self. He is like Superbowl 50 Peyton Manning but without the league’s best defense to cover for him. His two interception sub 80 quarterback rating performance has placed a giant target on his back. Teams will no longer fear Brady. Instead, they will feast.
Do the young upstart Carolina Panthers have the ability to defeat the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay? They just might. The Las Vegas Raiders are likely a better team than the Buccaneers this season, and Carolina went toe to toe with them, faulty headsets and all, and took the game down to the wire. The Carolina Panthers are a team that should improve with each new game. As players begin to gel and the coaching staff further adapts their plays to their talent, things will improve.
I look for an improved Carolina Panthers team this week. Led by Christian McCaffrey and Teddy Bridgewater, their offense will score 30+ again on Sunday. The only real question is: Can the Panthers defense contain an angry Tom Brady looking for redemption? We will see.
One thing is certain. If the Carolina Panthers hand the Tampa Bay Buccaneers an 0-2 start, Tampa Bay will join countless other NFL failures who tried to spend their way to a Superbowl.
There may not be an overabundance of things for Carolina Panthers fans to be excited about this season, but this opportunity should excite even the most discouraged fan. Let’s have some fun. Let’s end the 2020 Buccaneers.
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