Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers debut did not go as planned. The veteran NFL quarterback and his teammates were humbled in a 34-23 loss in Week One at the hands of reigning NFC South champions, New Orleans Saints. Overall, the team seemed disgruntled as it was obvious that they still need some time to settle into Brady’s style of play.
Meanwhile, Teddy Bridgewater’s fairytale story did not have a ‘happy ending’ last week. Carolina Panthers were held to a narrow 34-30 defeat on home turf against Derek Carr-led Las Vegas Raiders. Both teams will be hoping to pick up their first wins of the season when they meet at the Raymond Jones Stadium on Sunday.
Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week Two matchday predictions.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians wasn’t pleased with his team’s display in the opening week loss against the New Orleans Saints. Brady threw a few misplaced passes and Arians did not hold back in his criticism of the veteran. WR Mike Evans played through a hamstring niggle last time out. His participation in the game will once again be a game-day call.
Arians might utilize his three running backs (Ronald Jones, LeSean McCoy, and Leonard Fournette) a little more this week. The Panthers’ defense found it hard to cope with the Raiders’ strong running game last week, and the Bucs will look to exploit that flaw. We expect a better display from the Tampa Bay defense in this Week Two clash.
Arguably, Teddy Bridgewater could have put in a better shift against Las Vegas in Week One. After a poor third quarter, the Panthers put up 15 points in the final third of the game but fell four points short of taking the game into OT. New Panthers Head Coach Matt Rhule will be eager to secure his first win in the NFL, that too against Brady’s Buccaneers.
RB Christian McCaffrey will pose a threat to the Buccaneers defense and keep them busy all afternoon. However, the Panthers offense will also be kept occupied by a sharp Tom Brady and his star-studded supporting cast. This one is going to be a nail-biter.
CB Kevin Johnson – Liver
CB Greedy Williams – Shoulder
LB Mack Wilson – Knee
LB Jacob Phillips – Knee
T Jack Conklin – Ankle/Finger
T Chris Hubbard – Ankle
C JC Tretter – Knee
WR Jarvis Landry – Hip
DE Olivier Vernon – Abdomen
T Jedrick Wills Jr. – Shin
DT Geno Atkins – Shoulder
Tom Brady wins this for the Buccaneers and Bruce Arians. His loss from Week One will spur him to push himself and his teammates to go that extra mile when they host the Panthers on Sunday.
It also depends on the fitness of two of his star wide receivers, Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. But if Teddy Bridgewater decides to take the game into his own hands, it might spell trouble for Tampa Bay at the Raymond Jones Stadium. Either way, this game will be a treat for the neutral crowd so make sure you don’t miss it.