Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Matchup Preview 10/13/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The Carolina Panthers are heading into Tampa Bay to compete against the Buccaneers this Sunday. The Panthers are on a 3-game winning streak and looking strong. The last team they lost to, however, was the Buccaneers in week 2. The Panthers were playing with an injured Cam Newton, however, and are looking to even out this season’s record and keep their winning streak going. Despite a week 5 loss to the Saints, the Buccaneers are starting to come together as a strong offense, putting up 55 points against the Rams in week 4. With an offensive powerhouse like Christian McCaffrey on their side, and Kyle Allen doing his part in leading the passing game, the Panthers are looking like the favorites on the road in this matchup. However, the Buccaneers shouldn’t be underestimated. As they showed in week 4, they’re fully capable of pulling off quite the spectacular upset. For odds line movement, and full matchup history, see the Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers matchup page.
Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM PST
Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Tottenham; London, N17
Carolina Panthers Analysis:
Christian McCaffrey has been a weapon of mass destruction for this offense. Last week, McCaffrey put up 176 yards on 19 carries (9.3 yards per carry) and scored 2 touchdowns. As if that wasn’t enough, he also went 61 yards on 6 receptions, and scored a receiving touchdown. It was a good day for fantasy owners, and an even better day for McCaffrey. After that game, he leads the league in rushing yards with 587 and is tied for 2nd place with Mark Ingram for touchdowns with 6. He’s a monster, and is a big reason they’ve been winning games. However, the last time the Panthers played the Buccaneers, McCaffrey was held to 37 yards on 16 carries, an average of 2.3 yards per carry. Compare that to his week 5 stats and it’s almost like two different players. Therefore, it’s looking like the Panthers might have to rely more on their passing game. Kyle Allen is no Cam Newton, but he’s definitely playing better than injured Cam Newton was at the beginning of the season. He should be able to get the job done against the bottom ranked Tampa Bay pass defense, with 323.6 yards allowed per game. If Kyle Allen is going to get a big game, he has a really good chance to do it on Sunday.
The Panthers pass defense is ranked fourth in the league for yards allowed per game. This is partially due to their pass rush, which comes in at 2nd in the league for sacks with 20 on the season. The Buccaneers’ offensive line hasn’t been doing Winston many favors, allowing 18 sacks this season, tied for 5th most with Miami and Houston. Carolina’s pass defense is going to make it really hard for the Buccaneers to put points on the board.
Carolina Panthers Depth Chart
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Analysis
As discussed earlier, the Buccaneers did a great job of limiting McCaffrey in their first matchup this season, holding him to 37 yards on 16 carries, and allowing him only 16 yards through the air off of 2 receptions. They also did a great job shutting down the dangerous Rams run game in their week 4 matchup, holding Gurley to 16 yards on 5 carries and Brown to 14 yards on 5 carries. While they still won the game, they got torched through the air. Goff put up 517 yards against them. Bridgewater put up 314 yards last week. The Panthers have dangerous weapons in their passing game, and the Buccaneers are going to need to take care that they don’t allow all these yards through the air like they have been in these past couple of games, because the Panthers have the offensive power to get at them through the air.
The Buccaneers offense has been an interesting one. They have some strong weapons in their receiver core, with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Chris Godwin had a big game on Sunday, taking 7 receptions for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns. Mike Evans, on the other hand, was completely shut down against the Saints, not getting a single reception. The Carolina pass defense is a tough one to go against, and Winston, who’s thrown 5 receptions this season, is going to need to be careful not to add to that total. He’ll most likely be under pressure a lot this game, with their offensive line performing at a subpar level, and the Carolina pass rush ranked second in the league for sacks. If the offensive line steps up, and the defense can contain McCaffrey, the Buccaneers are going to have a great shot at winning this game. However, the Panthers are still the favorites until the Buccaneers can prove they’re capable of doing so.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Depth Chart
D.J. Moore is going to be a good choice at receiver for this game. Against the weak Buccaneers pass defense Moore is most likely going to get a lot of receptions. McCaffrey is also going to have a big game, I think. Even though he was more or less contained in their first matchup, the Buccaneers rush defense hasn’t been playing very well, and an elite back like McCaffrey will cut through them if they’re having an off day. On the Buccaneers side of the ball, starting Godwin might be a good idea. The Buccaneers are going up against a powerful offense, but somebody’s going to be catching the ball. I think that the majority of the targets are going to go to Godwin. Evans might be a good choice too, but after being completely shut down last week I believe Godwin will be getting more targets during this matchup.