4 biggest challenges for the Panthers against the Buccaneers

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Matt Rhule and Teddy Bridgewater
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Matt Rhule and Teddy Bridgewater /
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What are some of the biggest challenges facing the Carolina Panthers when they come up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday?

The Carolina Panthers enter Week 2 with seemingly little hope of picking up their first victory of the season.

They go into their clash at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as massive underdogs in what is Tom Brady’s home debut for the organization. The Carolina Panthers are clearly up against it against a team that wants to be in the postseason picture at the business end of the campaign. But there is nothing to suggest that Joe Brady’s offensive scheme cannot put up some points against a defense that gave up 34 to the New Orleans Saints last Sunday.

Everything will need to go right if the Panthers want to achieve an improbable win. They are a young group that is learning with every passing game. But some concerning deficiencies prior to the season did rear their head at an empty Bank of America Stadium in Week 1.

New head coach Matt Rhule was given a rude awakening in the fine margins involved during a game at the next level. Things might have been far different had the fourth-and-one call late on gone in a different direction. But this steep learning curve is something that would serve the former Baylor man for the challenges that lie ahead.

There is little getting away from the fact that the Bucs’ represent another imposing test for the Panthers at this stage of their development. Let’s take a look at the four biggest challenges facing Carolina’s young roster at Raymond James Stadium.