Carolina Panthers Week 6 preview versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London.
The Carolina Panthers franchise is traveling over the Atlantic Ocean for their first appearance in London on Sunday. Facing a divisional rival, the Panthers aim to avenge a loss suffered earlier this season. Back in Week 2, Carolina came close to a victory but their inability to get one-yard when it counted sealed the loss.
Only one month has passed but this team is considerably different. Playing with a seemingly new attitude since starting 0-2, the Panthers used two road victories to build momentum and carried it over into their first home win in nearly a calendar year last week.
Backup quarterback Kyle Allen has been leading the charge in place of Cam Newton on offense and the defense has been putting the pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Currently, the Panthers rank No. 2 in the NFL with 20 sacks.
2019 SEASON: CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-2) at TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-3)
KICKOFF: Sunday, October 13 at 9:30 AM ET
TV: NFL Network (National Broadcast)
LOCATION: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London, England)
WEATHER: 65 degrees, 60% humidity, 9mph NE wind, 40% precipitation
LAST MEETING: 20-14, BUCCANEERS – September 12, 2019 (WEEK 2)
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While the opportunity to play in London is special for everyone involved, the spotlight is shining brighter on Panthers defensive lineman Efe Obada this week.
In a story even the best script writers in Hollywood would find to be “unrealistic”, Obada returns to where he grew up after receiving an opportunity in the NFL through the International Pathway program and overcoming even greater odds just to survive. Born in Nigeria, Obada and his sister were victims of human trafficking to the United Kingdom before being abandoned.
Obada has two career sacks to go along with an interception and if he registers either or a fumble recovery (perhaps a touchdown?) on Sunday, expect emotions to flow. Undoubtedly, he’ll be doing his best to help the Panthers to a fourth straight victory and as a part of this pressure generating defense, the opportunities should be there against a Buccaneers team that has allowed 18 sacks already this season.
The bye week follows and if Carolina can limp into the break on a four-game winning streak behind a roster decimated by injuries, an optimistic approach toward the remaining schedule will be justified.