4 keys to victory for the Panthers against the Bucs in Week 2

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Neutralize the Bucs’ tight end duo

With star wide receiver Chris Godwin not suiting up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it would not be a surprise to see Tom Brady go to his tight ends more prominently against the Carolina Panthers.

This was something he enjoyed mixed success doing in Week 1. Rob Gronkowski is coming off a year out and will need time to get up to speed and O.J. Howard did manage a touchdown that might enhance his chances of a more increased role down the line.

Gaining important yardage on short to intermediate routes was something that the Raiders did extremely well last weekend. The Panthers’ lack of ability in coverage from the likes of Shaq Thompson and Tahir Whitehead was there for all to see and Brady is going to test this area of the field early and often.

Defensive coordinator Phil Snow has his work cut out in this particular area. He can have the right scheme in place to maximize their potential. But the simple fact of the matter is that they might not have enough quality to meet his expectations.

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This is going to be another stern test of their credentials, in no uncertain terms. Expect to see a lot more cornerback involvement at the second level and another outing where rookie Jeremy Chinn will be tasked with anything and everything to help the Panthers succeed.