8:25 PM ET, October 24, 2013
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
The Carolina Panthers are trying to move above the .500 mark for the first time in five seasons and impress their YouWager fans. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the other hand are simply hope to a win a game.
Tonight the visiting Carolina team will look for a third consecutive win while trying to keep the Buccaneers winless.
Not since finishing 12-4 in 2008 — three seasons before Cam Newton became the face of the franchise – have the Panthers (3-3) been above .500. After outscoring the Minnesota Vikings and the St. Louis Rams 65-25 over the last two weeks and visiting a Buccaneers (0-6) team off to its worst start since 2009, Carolina seems in good shape to again rise above mediocrity.
Carolina has already made the most of a favorable three-game stretch that ends Thursday with Tampa Bay, who remain positive even while being in danger of going 0-7 for the second time in five years.
The Panthers also believe Tampa Bay’s difficulties don’t justify any reason to take them for granted, especially with games versus Atlanta, San Francisco, New England Patriots and Miami to follow.
With rookie quarterback Mike Glennon starting his fourth straight game and star running back Doug Martin likely out with a shoulder injury, the Buccaneers have a challenge to face on difficult challenge on a short week.
Rookie backup Mike James, who rushed for 45 yards on 14 carries Sunday, is expected to start against a Panthers defense that’s fourth in the league giving up 84.5 yards per game on the ground.
According to the NFL free picks,Carolina is currently fifth allowing 217.7 passing yards per contest, which also doesn’t bode well for a Bucs offense entering this game 31st in both total yards (297.8 per game) and scoring (14.5 points per game).