Maintain Red Zone Effectiveness
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been extremely effective inside the red zone this season. His league leading passer rating (120.7) and ability to effectively use his legs and running capabilities make him a real threat once the goal line is in sight.
Couple that with Newton’s other weapons like running back Christian McCaffrey and a healthy Greg Olsen, who scored in his second consecutive game last week, and the Panthers ability to turn red zone chances into touchdowns instead of field goals has been solid all season.
For Carolina to continue their current home winning streak and extend the season total to three, a continued effectiveness inside the 20-yard line will be needed. Ultimately, it feels as if Sunday is the textbook definition of a trap game – the Buccaneers season seemingly hangs in the balance and Carolina is heavily favored.
However, a closer examination shows that Tampa Bay could just as easily be 6-1 instead of 3-4 and let’s not forget they went toe-to-toe with New Orleans inside the Superdome and pulled off a 48-40 win with Fitzpatrick.
The Panthers and Buccaneers kick off on Sunday, November 4 at 1:00pm ET.