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David Dorey
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WEEK 8 CAR at TB (THU) DAL at DET NYJ at CIN SEA at STL (MON)
ATL at ARI GB at MIN PIT at OAK On Bye:
BUF at NO MIA at NE SF at JAC BAL, CHI, HOU
*UPDATED CLE at KC NYG at PHI WAS at DEN IND, SD, TEN

Prediction: CAR 27, TB 13 (Line: CAR by 6)

Players of Interest: Timothy Wright, Mike James

The 3-3 Panthers are on a two game winning streak but are 1-2 in road games. The Buccaneers remain winless though their losses tend to be much smaller than the 0-7 Jaguars. The Buccaneers swept the Panthers last season, winning 16-10 at home in the season opener. This is the Thursday night game. Somehow the NFL had 13 games to choose from and this is what they came up with as the best choice.

1 SEA 7-12 10 @SF -
2 @BUF 23-24 11 NE -
3 NYG 38-0 12 @MIA -
4 BYE WEEK 13 TB -
5 @ARI 6-22 14 @NO -
6 @MIN 35-10 15 NYJ -
7 STL 30-15 16 NO -
8 @TB - 17 @ATL -
9 ATL - ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
CAR @ TB Rush Catch Pass
QB Cam Newton 30,1 240,1
RB DeAngelo Williams 40 2-20
WR Jason Avant 4-40
WR Jerricho Cotchery 4-50
TE Greg Olsen 5-50
PK Graham Gano 2 FG 3 XP

Pregame Notes: The Panthers are on a nice streak of facing the worst teams in the NFL. After beating the Vikings and Rams, they face these Buccaneers and then the Falcons. Then it all goes black with one homestand against the Buccaneers left in the remaining eight weeks for a very certain win. Facing horrible defenses have allowed two straight games over 30 points and the offense looks much better than it will in about three weeks. Jonathan Stewart returns just in time for it all to go bad.

QUARTERBACKS: Cam Newton enjoyed the schedule so far and twice posted three passing touchdowns thanks to the Giants and Vikings. He added a rushing score in each of those games but hasn't done anything with his running in any other games. He should have two more good weeks before owners may want to consider trading him away.

Newton passed for 303 yards and three scores in Tampa Bay last time.

RUNNING BACKS: Jonathan Stewart is back to practice and the Panthers have 21 days to either activate him or place him on injured reserve. Week nine is considered the most likely game for him to get back onto the field and further dilute what is a barely average backfield. DeAngelo Williams is the starter but still never scored this year and even in the face of soft match-ups has not been better than a mediocre fantasy play in any week. Michael Tolbert is the designated scorer with four touchdowns but he has such minimal yardage that he doesn't merit any fantasy consideration.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Steve Smith comes off his best game of the year when he posted five catches for 69 yards and a touchdown. That makes two weeks in a row with a score but his yardage remains moderate despite facing such bad defenses. Brandon LaFell posted big games against the Giants and Vikings but failed to break 50 yards in any other match-up. Ted Ginn seemed to be taking a step forward after three straight weeks of 60+ yards and two scores but he settled right back down into two-catch mediocrity the last two weeks. There is marginal value here but only because the schedule is so easy currently.

TIGHT ENDS: Greg Olsen is nursing a sore foot but chugs along with moderate yardage in most weeks. He scored only once this year but at least turns in around 50 yards almost every game.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: Everybody likes the Buccaneers. So far every opponent throws at least one touchdown if not three and the lowest passing yardage was 225 yards. This is an offense designed to make the passing game look good for the opponent except for the guy who gets stuck with Darrelle Revis - Steve Smith in this case. The Bucs are decent against the run and no running back has rushed in a score on them. This looks to be a lower scoring win since the Buccaneers problems are more on offense than defense.

WHAT TO WATCH: DeAngelo Williams may be getting his last start of the year and amazingly did so little with the opportunity.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points CAR 11 20 15 22 19 10
Preventing Fantasy Points TB 19 12 15 18 23 17

 

1 @NYJ 17-18 10 MIA -
2 NO 14-16 11 ATL -
3 @NE 3-23 12 @DET -
4 ARI 10-13 13 @CAR -
5 BYE WEEK 14 BUF -
6 PHI 20-31 15 SF -
7 @ATL 23-31 16 @STL -
8 CAR - 17 @NO -
9 @SEA - ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
TB vs CAR Rush Catch Pass
QB Mike Glennon 170,1
RB Mike James 50 2-10
WR Vincent Jackson 5-50
TE Timothy Wright 6-70,1
PK Connor Barth 2 FG 1 XP

Pregame Notes: On the plus side, the Buccaneers have finally broken the 17 point barrier with two consecutive games with 20 or more points. The downside is that the Eagles and Falcons have terrible defenses and after facing the Panthers here, the Bucs have to go up to Seattle. Losing Doug Martin is also going to further weaken an offense already struggling but at least Mike James looked really good in the preseason.

QUARTERBACKS: Mike Glennon posted nice stats for the last two weeks. He threw for 273 yards and two scores on the Eagles and then 256 yards and two more touchdowns on the Falcons. For a team that only totaled four touchdowns over the first four games, it has been a big step up thanks to facing such weak defenses. Glennon gets a far bigger test this week and next.

RUNNING BACKS: Doug Martin tore the labrum in his shoulder and won't play this week. He refuses to accept that he's gone for the season and is getting a second opinion but it is already a lost season and Martin is but one of many big disappointments with NFL running backs. He ends with just one touchdown back in the season opener and only once topped 100 rushing yards. Mike James stepped in last week but only gained 45 yards on 14 runs. The rookie was very impressive in the summer and HC Greg Schiano doesn't feel the drop off will be much. Then again - how far can it go down? This is already one of the five worst rushing attacks in the NFL and not getting any better.

In other news, week eight is just long enough for almost every Martin owner to have cut Mike James loose as their handcuff. He was drafted in many leagues but likely exists on almost every waiver wire by now.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Vincent Jackson feasted on the poor secondaries of the Eagles and Falcons, scoring twice in each game and turning in 114 and 138 yards respectively. But those came after two weeks of not exceeding 35 yards in a game as well. Mike Williams has been downgraded on Tuesday because of his hamstring and will likely be a game time decision on Thursday night. Should Williams miss this week it puts a very significant dent in the passing offense.

TIGHT ENDS: Timothy Wright was building in importance and gained 91 yards on seven catches in week six but then fell to just two catches for 15 yards in Atlanta while Vincent Jackson was catching nearly every pass. Wright will be of more interest if Williams cannot play or is limited. His big game came when Williams was out.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: Not good. The Panthers have only allowed a total of five passing touchdowns over their six games played and rarely any yardage of note. The secondary only gave up two scores all year to wideouts and only one player managed to top 100 yards. Considering that Jackson may be very alone downfield, expect Revis to take care of limiting him. Glennon turned to the tight end Wright once already when Mike Williams was out so he makes a risky play but one with upside. Mike Smith is just a desperation play at running back given the minimal success that Doug Martin was having.

WHAT TO WATCH: This is going to be low scoring and probably boring. This is going to be another bad Thursday game. Look to see if Timothy Wright can get back into the game plan.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points TB 31 27 18 32 29 23
Preventing Fantasy Points CAR 2 13 6 8 5 11

WEEK 8 CAR at TB (THU) DAL at DET NYJ at CIN SEA at STL (MON)
ATL at ARI GB at MIN PIT at OAK On Bye:
BUF at NO MIA at NE SF at JAC BAL, CHI, HOU
*UPDATED CLE at KC NYG at PHI WAS at DEN IND, SD, TEN


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