Final Carolina Panthers game by game predictions for 2021 season

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Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Week 16 and 18

Despite a very kind schedule, the Carolina Panthers aren’t exactly getting a break at the very end of it facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in two of their final three weeks.

Week 16 is going to be a loss for Carolina and there isn’t any argument or advantage.

Their only chance is if Tampa were to lose focus, doubtful for a team led by Tom Brady and Bruce Arians. The Bucs look like the NFL’s version of the Golden State Warriors when they signed Kevin Durant, a championship team who only got better in the offseason.

As big of a leap as Carolina will take this season they still don’t match up against Brady. However, they will beat Tampa in their second matchup this season.

With a playoff spot locked and the game meaningless to the defending champions, the Panthers could end their campaign on a high.

Week 16 Prediction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 Carolina Panthers 17 (8-7)

Week 17 Prediction: Carolina Panthers 24 New Orleans 21 (9-7)

Week 18 Prediction: Carolina Panthers 19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 (10-7)

Final Record: 10-7

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Carolina will end the season at 10-7 in the wildcard chase and as a team who made a big leap forward after finding their franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold. The Panthers look primed to make more noise on a favorable schedule and a signal-caller that possesses every tool needed to thrive.