NFL Pregame Predictions: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Carolina Panthers

By John Beauchamp
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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In just a few moments, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face off against the Carolina Panthers. This game will get off to a slow start for the Panthers on offense, with the Buccaneers making a few mighty stuffs getting off to a hot start, as Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David will make a few hits to turn up the heat.

As the Buccaneers step on offense, coach Greg Schiano will use tight end Tim Wright to pick on Panthers’ linebacker Luke Keuchly. Ever since quarterback Mike Glennon took the starting position for the Buccaneers, Wright has been an impact on the Buccaneers’ offense, catching the ball 15 times. Wright is a bright, young player in the NFL who may become a big name on the Buccaneers, a team that has struggled to find a consistent tight end ever since the departure of Kellen Winslow.

The Buccaneers have struggled to put the ball in the end zone this season, and with the absence of Doug Martin for likely the remainder of the year, it may be tougher than ever.

As the game goes into the second half, the Panthers will start to spread the ball around, throwing the ball in the opposite direction of Darrelle Revis and probably toward rookie Johnthan Banks. The Panthers’ offense has a lot of speed with quarterback Cam Newton and running back DeAngelo Williams, as well as receivers Steve SmithBrandon LaFell and Ted Ginn. If the Panthers can get into a groove in the passing game, they may be impossible to stop.

As this game comes to a conclusion, I see the Buccaneers hitting a field goal late in the game and finally preventing a last minute comeback to give them their first win of the season.

John Beauchamp is a multi-sport writer for RantSports; Follow him on Twitter @John_Beauchamp_ or just add him to your network on Google

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