Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thursday Night Football Panthers @ Buccaneers

3-3 vs 0-6 is what we are treated to this Thurdays Night football, the week before Halloween....well  the ones that chose too...but just don't go running yet... We have a team with a former number 1 overall draft pick, same cat known for the infamous "Superman" Touchdown dance, taking on a team, the same team that acquired the "best corner in the league" aka "Revis Island" this off season, a safety in Dashon Goldson to bolster up that already top 5 rush defense, the SAME TEAM that had the number 5 leading rusher in the all of football as a rookie....start the season 0-6. Ok, I'll admit as purely a football fan this is not what I expected  from Tampa Bay coming into the year and as I even begin to dissect or even discuss what has happened with the Bucs?  Let me start by saying this is a must win game  for the Carolina Panthers...I repeat MUST WIN. An NFC South divisional game, on the road, lets see if the Panthers are for real. The Panthers have a top 5 ranked defense so far in the early season, 3rd in total defensive statistics to be exact. Facing a rookie quarterback, I look for the Panthers defense to make their mark. Look for linebackers Thomas Davis, and Luke Kuechly be active early and often, shutting  down a rush attack that will most likely not have Doug Martin featured. Saftey's Mike Mitchell, Robert Lester and corner-back's Captain Munnerlyn and company will have to be on the same page because who wants to bet they don't throw a few deep ones to Vincent Jackson?!?...Yeah I wouldn't make that bet neither... On the opposite side I would to see Cam Newton be efficient with his passing and decision making. Now his numbers so far aren't ground breaking but he has 10 touchdowns to only 5 interceptions with a 95. percent QB rating...not great but not bad in the same breath. And with that defense playing the way it is? Maybe he doesn't have to be great...not just yet. As for Tampa Bay? "I'ma" keep it short and simple if there is a weak link? And the head of the household is that link? Then down goes that household "yall gettin evicted" (sorry best I could come up with)...

Cam Newton wins big in this GQ photo shoot and Panthers make a statement on national television 35-17...

...As for the Buccaneers?? ..It's

Here's further pre- game break down along with some key match ups in tonight's game:

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