The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hit the road to take on their division rival Carolina Panthers. Here’s how the game will go for the Buccaneers.
Boy. The time travel bandits really did a number on Tampa Bay last week after our spoilers were revealed. Golly. That’s all we’ll say about that.
The Bucs were once bitten by the injury bug earlier this season. Now, just in time for the holidays, the injury bug has a full-blown feast and invited its friends. Traveling to Carolina, the Buccaneers will be without starters Leonard Fournette, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antoine Winfield. Fortunately, they still have number 12 taking snaps. This is your official spoiler alert. Read on if you dare.
Tom Brady has overcome many odds and obstacles in his beautiful career, so being without two receivers and a running back may seem like just another day around the way for the GOAT. While on paper the Bucs are a much better team than the once again Cam Newton-lead Panthers, the defense they feature down in Charlotte is nothing to sneeze at.
Brady won’t have as strong of a day with his primary weapons consisting of Ronald Jones, Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown, but that’s still a lineup a lot of teams would love to have, especially with the offensive line intact. The offense will be able to put up points, something they weren’t so fortunate to accomplish a week ago.
On the other side, the familiar foe that is Newton will struggle against the stout front-seven that is Tampa Bay, the first time he’ll be seeing them since returning to the Panthers.
The Buccaneers will win this rather uneventful, but still significant game by a score of 27-14 to improve to 11-4 and take one step closer in their first-round bye hopes, their stronghold on the NFC South, and their ultimate quest of going for two as Super Bow champions. Do with this information what you will.