The Carolina Panthers week two matchup will be their first divisional game of the 2020
season as they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their new-look offense.
Speaking of that Tampa Bay offense, Carolina needs to do a much better job on the
defensive side of the ball, especially with the front-seven. In week one, the Raiders and running back Josh Jacobs ran all over us with 3 touchdowns and 93 rushing yards on 25 attempts. The Buccaneers run game wasn’t as successful in their week one loss to New Orleans but Ronald Jones II still had 17 carries for 66 yards, which is very respectable. The Panthers can not take this Tampa team lightly. One skill position player Carolina will be lucky to avoid is wide receiver Chris Godwin, who has been placed in the concussion protocol. In 2019, in their two matchups against Carolina, Godwin had recorded 18 receptions for 272 yards and a touchdown.
I believe this will be a decently high scoring game as both teams did not play well
defensively in week one but I think the turnover battle will decide it. The Panthers forced 0 turnovers and 0 sacks against Las Vegas and that can’t happen this week. They need to generate pass rush and force at least one or two mistakes by Tom Brady.
I can see both teams hitting 20 plus points with one or two defensive plays really deciding the outcome. My overall prediction is that the Panthers will lose 27-23.