The Carolina Panthers will be heading to Tampa Bay to play the winless Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football. The Panthers are coming off blowouts in back-to-back weeks with a 35-10 win against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6 and a 30-15 win over the St. Louis Rams in Week 7. Carolina currently sits at 3-3 and could go over .500 with a win for the first time in their last 70 games.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tickets are currently averaging $67 on the secondary market, a 36% decrease over the season average at Raymond James Stadium. The average price has also dropped 18% in the last week. The $67 average price is the lowest for any game during Week 8, lower than the get-in price for four other games this weekend and significantly lower than the $127 average for Carolina Panthers tickets. The starting price for this game is also a fairly low $17, the third lowest for Week 8 games. The demand would be much higher if this game was going to be played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, but Buccaneers fans in the Tampa Bay area aren’t as excited about their team.
Carolina’s turnaround this season from a 1-3 start coincides with a decision by head coach Ron Rivera to start being more aggressive on fourth down calls. For the majority of Rivera’s tenure as Panthers head coach, he was one of the most conservative coaches when it came to going for it on fourth and short in games. For the past two games, Rivera has put faith in quarterback Cam Newton and the rest of the offense to pick up a fourth down when needed instead of kicking the ball to the opponent. The aggressiveness has given the Panthers the edge in the past two games and, with a win against the Buccaneers, could make Carolina a sleeper playoff contender in the NFC.
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