Extremely early Carolina Panthers game-by-game 2022 record prediction

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Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A road game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is less than ideal at this stage. It’s highly likely that their NFC South rivals will have playoff seeding on their minds and will be doing everything in their power to put one final nail in the Carolina Panthers’ coffin to further boost morale.

Again, this is a contest that can bring a sense of relaxation within the locker room with nothing much expected. However, the added pressure of players and coaches fighting for their jobs beyond the campaign will likely be on the minds of everyone concerned.

Tom Brady won’t want the Bucs to end the season with a whimper. This is only going to bring about complications when the knockout games begin, so keeping everyone focused and momentum trending in the right direction gives Tampa Bay the best possible chance of regaining their crown.

Things have been a complete disaster against the Bucs since Matt Rhule took charge and Brady completely transformed the franchise. Something that’s unlikely to change unless everything comes together.

Week 17 Prediction: Loss (6-10)

Had Brady rode off into the sunset, things might have been different. Unfortunately for the Panthers, that was not the case and he definitely has their number until proven otherwise.