5 key Panthers matchups to watch vs. the Bucs in Week 10

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Taylor Moton vs. Ndamukong Suh

Taylor Moton‘s level of production for the Carolina Panthers this season has been exemplary. He’s been ultra-consistent besides one disappointing display against the Chicago Bears and there is simply no disputing the right tackle is now one of the best in the business.

The former second-round pick is set for a bumper payday next spring and the Panthers should be looking to give Moton whatever financial security he desires. There are plenty of questions surrounding other areas of the protection moving forward in Carolina, so tying down their greatest asset on the line of scrimmage will be pivotal.

Moton is sure to have his hands full against the Buccaneers and, in particular, with veteran defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. The three-time All-Pro is enjoying a new lease of life in Tampa Bay through the first nine weeks, recording four sacks, 12 quarterback hits, five tackles for loss, and 14 pressures during this span.

This is a challenge that Moton is sure to relish. He has dealt with some of the NFL’s most feared pass-rushers with ease during the campaign and adding Suh to his list of victims will only strengthen his position when the player and his agent head to the negotiating table after the season.

Moton has given up just two sacks and two penalties from 583 snaps in 2020 on his way to a 77.8 grade from Pro Football Focus. How he copes with Suh’s relentless style of play will be pivotal to the Panthers’ chances.