Stat Leaders: Bucs
QB Mike Glennon 14-21, 247 Passing Yards, 2 Touchdowns
RB Bobby Rainey 18 Carries, 35 Rushing Yards
WR Tiquan Underwood 3 Receptions, 108 Recieving Yards, 2 Touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Lions
QB Matthew Stafford 26-46, 297 Passing Yards, 3 Touchdowns, 4 Interceptions
RB Reggie Bush 15 Carries, 83 Rushing Yards
WR Calvin Johnson 7 Receptions, 115 Recieving Yards
Carolina Panthers 31 Tampa Bay Bucs 13
Keys to Victory for Panthers:
-Cam Newton must continue to take care of the football.
-Find another way to get Deangelo Williams involved. He’s been struggling as of late, so get him involved in the passing game.Get some half back screens going. Keep the defense honest.
-Pressure rookie QB Mike Glennon.
-Continue finding ways to keep Ted Ginn involved. He’s been a playmaker for the Panthers this year. With Revis more than likey on Steve Smith, Ginn should see a lot of looks.
-Stop Vincent Jackson. He’s been on a tear this year.
Keys to Victory for Bucs:
-Get new starting running back Mike James involved early. Try to get him in a rhythm. He’s also a good reciever out the backfield.
-Limit turnovers. Panthers D has been creating some turnovers lately, Mike Glennon has to play smart football.
-Contain Cam Newton. Its hard to completely stop him because he bring that dual threat factor to the table. So Tampa must wrap up on all tackles and play disciplined. If not it will be a long night for the Bucs.
-Protect the QB. Bucs O line has been shaky thus far. That unit has to improve if they want a chance to win tonight. Carolina has one of the better front sevens in the league.
-Tackle on special teams. Playing against Ted Ginn, who can take a punt to the house at any given time. You must account for him and tackle well on special teams or Tampa will be watching the back of his jersey, running into the endzone.
Prediction: Panthers 23 Bucs 20