The Carolina Panthers swept the season series in 2013 with a 31-13 victory in Tampa Bay on October 13th, and a 27-6 win at home on December 1st. The Buccaneers
were a team that struggled last season with a rookie quarterback and had several injuries.
This season is going to be a lot different due to a number of changes for both teams. The biggest change for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is their new Head Coach Lovie Smith. Coach Smith will give the Buccaneers a fresh start and a different style from Greg Schiano. Lovie is more relaxed, player friendly and is defensive minded. They also drafted Johnny Football’s favorite target Mike Evans, who has a lot of potential.
The Carolina Panthers had some big changes as well with the new receiving core and the new defensive backs. The wide receivers on the 53-man roster consist of Kelvin Benjamin, Jason Avant, Jerricho Cotchery, Brenton Bersin, and Corey Brown. On the defensive side of the ball, Thomas DeCoud, Antoine Cason, and Roman Harper were all added this season to help improve the weak deep passing defense that was taken advantage of last season.
So the question is…. How will the Panthers defensive backs matchup with the Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson?
According to the depth chart, Melvin White and Antoine Cason are going to be starting for the Carolina Panthers at the cornerback position. This means that they will be battling with Evans and Jackson all game. Evans and Jackson are both big and physical receivers so the coverage is going to have to be tight. They can’t let the Buccaneers receivers use their bodies to out muscle them when going up for the ball. White, Cason and the Panthers safeties are going to be providing a “no quarter” kind of coverage all game! This will be a good test for our secondary.
My final score prediction: 28-14 ……… of course the Panthers WIN!
What do you think will be the final score of this matchup?
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