2013-14 Stats: 156 tackles 2 sacks 4 interceptions
San Francisco 49ers 23 | San Diego Chargers 10
Top Performers: 49ers
QB Colin Kaepernick 15-28 196 passing yards 1 TD, 15 yards 1 TD
WR Anquan Boldin 8 receptions 136 receiving yards
LB Ahmad Brooks 6 tackles 2.5 sacks
LB Patrick Willis 11 tackles 1 interception
Top Performers: Panthers
QB Cam Newton 16-25 267 passing yards 1 TD 2 int, 54 rushing yards
WR Ted Ginn Jr 4 receptions 104 receiving yards
WR Steve Smith 4 receptions 74 receiving yards 1 TD
LB Luke Kuechly 10 tackles 1 sack
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