Injuries and COVID-19 could spell danger for Buccaneers

Jaydon Mickens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers,(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Over the past few days, the news surrounding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has worsened ahead of their matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

The Buccaneers have to win against the Carolina Panthers this Sunday if they hope to keep their offseason hopes alive. Six and three is a great start, but six and four moves the team that much further from a playoff berth.

After dropping two games against the Saints and one against the Chicago Bears, the Bucs have dominated their weaker competition, but overcoming adversity has not been a strong suit of this season.

While many fans would consider this a relatively easy game to win, the Panthers have been a better team than they have received credit for. The new offense headed by Teddy Bridgewater has exceeded expectations, and even the loss of Christian McCaffrey was not enough to derail this team.

Tampa Bay was able to win against the Panthers already this season. Still, the game could become even more challenging to win, given the current information regarding players that will be out tomorrow.

The Buccaneers will need numerous players to step up if they hope to offset the loss of these players, but even then, this game will be tough on the current trajectory.