Good chance for shootout, more Moore, streak is alive

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Panthers Vs. Bucs - BY JOUR­DAN RODRIGUE jro­[email protected]­lot­teob­server.com

Five fear­less pre­dic­tions for Sun­day’s Carolina Pan­thers game against Tampa Bay:

1. A SHOOTOUT, FOR REAL THIS TIME

I’ve been pre­dict­ing shootouts in each of the past two games, but Carolina came back from a 17-point deficit to beat Philadel­phia and then took Bal­ti­more to the wood shed.

But with Ryan Fitz­patrick start­ing for Tampa Bay this week­end, I think the chances he gets into a shootout with Pan­thers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton are high.

2. PAN­THERS STAY POR­OUS AGAINST TIGHT ENDS

Be­fore the vic­tory over Bal­ti­more, Carolina had strug­gled to limit tight ends in the mid­dle of the field. Tampa Bay tight end O.J. Howard is dy­namic in the pass­ing game and has 24 catches for 419 yards and three touch­downs this sea­son. He will present a prob­lem for Carolina.

3. FITZMAGIC OR FITZTRAGIC?

If Carolina can get its pass-rush to pop early, they can turn “Fitzmagic” into “Fitztragic.”

Ex­pect de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Eric Wash­ing­ton to be ag­gres­sive early, but take warn­ing: Liv­ing by the blitz can make the back end vul­ner­a­ble, leav­ing guys in one-on-one sit­u­a­tions, if the pass-rush doesn’t get home early on.

4. DJ MOORE DOES IT AGAIN

Pan­thers vet­eran re­ceiver Tor­rey Smith has been ruled out with a knee in­jury, so that means more time for rookie DJ Moore. He had a ca­reer-high 90 yards on five catches and two car­ries for 39 yards last Sun­day, but hasn’t scored since Week 2. This Sun­day, he finds the end zone.

5. PAN­THERS’ STREAK STAYS ALIVE

New­ton hasn’t thrown an in­ter­cep­tion since Week 6 against Wash­ing­ton, and him con­tin­u­ing to take care of the ball on Sun­day ul­ti­mately gives the Pan­thers the edge. Carolina im­proves to 6-2 en route to a short week, and takes care of Tampa Bay 34-28.

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