Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 3 Studs vs Carolina Panthers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have their home opener and came out with a victory. I would never say this is a must-win game this early in the season. Tom Brady and the Bucs were biting at the bullet to get back on the field. The Brady era did not start the way they wanted after they lost to the Saints in week one. Brett Favre earlier this week commented on how Bruce Arians said about Tom Brady. Brady then got fired up during his weekly press conference saying that there was no problem between the two. This was yet another divisional game against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. This gave Tom Brady and the offense a chance to score early. They did not on that drive, but they did have a good game.

Christian McCaffrey

McCaffrey was picked in most fantasy football drafts number one overall. He showed why in week one versus the Las Vegas Raiders. The Panthers nearly started their season off with a won, but it was not meant to be. He was but on warning by Buccaneers linebacker Devin White earlier in the week. The Bucs did a great job in both games last year against McCaffrey. In today’s game, he had 18 carries for 59 yards and two touchdowns. Many will look at the stat sheet and say he failed to run for 100 yards. The Tampa Bay defense did a great job again and he left the game with an ankle injury. He scored the only two touchdowns that the Panthers had.

Buccaneers Running Game

This was not a part of the offense last year at all. That has all changed in 2020. Even in week one against the Saints, they showed it will be a big part this year. Today it was the Leonard Fournette show. He had 12 carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Fournette counterpart Ronald Jones had seven carries for 23 yards and one touchdown. That was three of the four touchdowns the Buccaneers had today. With Tom Brady and Mike Evans shining in the passing game, they were balanced on offense. I believe they had to step up today with the absence of Chris Godwin.

Buccaneers Defense

I know what people are going to say on this one. How can you put them on the stud list when they let Teddy Bridgewater throw for 367 yards? Here is how they are here they caused four turnovers. They picked up Bridgewater twice. The Bucs defense also had two fumble recoveries. They also made big stops when they needed too. With both interceptions, they had a shorter field for Brady and the offense. The defense has been good in the first two weeks. This will make it easier to win games for the Bucs moving forward.

This is the type of game that the Buccaneers needed. They travel to Denver next week to play a Broncos team that is rattled with injuries. The Broncos are currently on their backup quarterback. The Bucs defense should have a big game. Brady and the offense had this week to create some chemistry that started in week one. The run game will be a big part of the offense next week against the Broncos. If the defense can cause turnovers than they will win another game. I do not see another issue brought up the media about Brady and Arians after what happened today.

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