The PewterReport.com staff shares its thoughts on the upcoming Bucs game and pick who we think we win, including a score prediction and a pick-to-click – a Tampa Bay player we think will play really well. Let us know you thoughts and add your prediction in the comment section.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-3) vs. Carolina Panthers (3-2)
WHEN: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 9:30 A.M. ET
WHERE: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM, LONDON, ENGLAND (62,062)
TELEVISION: NFL NETWORK
PLAY-BY-PLAY: RICH EISEN
ANALYSTS: KURT WARNER, STEVE MARIUCCI, MICHAEL IRVIN
SIDELINE: MELISSA STARK
BUCS RADIO: 98ROCK, FLAGSHIP STATION (WXTB-97.9 FM)
PLAY-BY-PLAY: GENE DECKERHOFF
ANALYST: DAVE MOORE
SIDELINE: T.J. RIVES

PewterReport.com Publisher/Bucs Beat Writer Scott Reynolds

The Bucs and Panthers’ rematch game figures to be much different than the game in Carolina in Week 2 with one exception. Tampa Bay’s 20-14 victory was a close affair, and I’m expecting another close game in Week 6. But otherwise it’s different as this game is London, Kyle Allen is in at quarterback for the injured Cam Newton, the entire right side of Tampa Bay’s offensive line is missing, the Bucs secondary has been shellacked through the air the last three weeks, and the Panthers have won three straight after losing their first two games of the season.

Carolina’s a hot team right now, and Christian McCaffrey is a hot player right now and is even getting some early league MVP consideration as he has rushed for 587 yards and six touchdowns, while averaging 5.6 yards per game, with 31 catches for 279 yards and one receiving TD. After being held to 37 yards on 16 carries by the Bucs in Week 2, McCaffrey exploded for 153 yards and a touchdown in a win at Arizona, had 179 total yards and a score in a win at Houston and rushed for 176 yards and two scores and added another TD through the air in a win last week against Jacksonville. Can Todd Bowles’ defense put the clamps on McCaffrey again?

Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett
Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett – Photo by: Getty Images

Outside linebacker Shaq Barrett got to Newton three times in Week 2 and will have to get back to his sack attack against Carolina after being held sack-less last week in New Orleans. Barrett’s three sacks versus the Panthers earned him NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors a few weeks ago. Conversely, the Bucs will have to stop Panthers’ first-round pick Brian Burns, who was 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for a touchdown through five games. He could tee off against Josh Wells, who will get the start for Demar Dotson at right tackle, while veteran Earl Watford fills in for injured right guard Alex Cappa.

After struggling to put points up last week at New Orleans, the Bucs offense needs to come to life again in order have a chance of sweeping the Panthers. The emphasis this week should be getting wide receiver Mike Evans and tight end O.J. Howard, as Chris Godwin will continue to get his looks. Both of these teams are evenly matched and this game could go down to the wire. The guess here is that a Matt Gay field goal wins it for Tampa Bay.

Reynolds’ Score Prediction: Bucs 26, Panthers 23
Reynolds’ Pick-To-Click: OLB Shaq Barrett
Reynolds’ Record: 1-4

Pewter Report Editor/Bucs Beat Writer Mark Cook

Back and forth, back and forth. That’s my mind going back and forth on who I think wins this game on Sunday.

One one hand the Bucs have already beaten the Panthers once and should have some confidence going into Sunday. On the other hand, beating a team twice in one season isn’t an easy accomplishment. Add in the fact many left the Panthers for dead just a few weeks ago, and all they have done since that Week 2 loss to the Bucs is win. Without Cam Newton.

But here comes another backup quarterback  – the Bucs Achilles heel it seems. Kyle Allen isn’t winning games for the Panthers, but he isn’t losing them either. Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner has done of masterful job of giving Allen a solid gameplay that includes a heavy dose of Christian McCaffrey who has been outstanding over the course of the season – minus when he faced Tampa Bay. If the Bucs bottle up McCaffrey they should win the game. Of course we all thought if the Bucs shut down Matt Brieda, Saquon Barkley and Alvin Kamara they would win. How did that go?

This game, like most in the NFL, will come down to which team can protect their quarterback the best. And that task won’t be easy with guard Alex Capp and tackle Demar Dotson ruled out of Sunday’s game.

Tampa Bay will need to protect quarterback Jameis Winston and it is imperative they get wide receiver Mike Evans back involved in the offense. Don’t expect O.J. Howard to contribute a whole lot as most likely he will be held in often to help block with the absence of Dotson in the lineup.

Like most games in the NFL it will be close and either team is capable of winning. These are two evenly matched teams and it most likely will be close heading into the fourth quarter. The Panthers pull it out with a late field goal and send the Buccaneers home from across the pound with a 2-4 record.

Cook’s Core Prediction: Panthers 27, Bucs 24
Cook’s Pick-To-Click: WR Mike Evans

PewterReport.com Beat Reporter Trevor Sikkema

If this team’s good, they’ll win this week. There, easy enough, right?

Not exactly, but that is still my thought.

I understand that the Buccaneers have a beat up offensive line going up against one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. But Winston has been getting the ball out of his hand at one of the fastest rates in the league, so long drop backs and deep pass protection schemes weren’t in the game plan anyways. The offense is going to remain balanced with a steady dose of both run and pass. Will Earl Watford and Josh Wells on the right side have to step up? Yes, they will. But I don’t think it’s as doomsday as it would be with other teams — it shouldn’t be anyways. But, on that note, the running game will likely need to give this team, more than they did last week. That will hold the key to how easy they can go on this make-shift offensive line. Ronald Jones gets the first long touchdown run of his career this week? Yeah? Maybe?

On the other side of the ball, there’s only one team so far this season that has stopped running back Christian McCaffrey, and it’s the team he’s facing this weekend. Will the Bucs be able to hold McCaffrey under 60 total yards again? Probably not. But if they keep him at less than 100 yards combined between rushing and receiving, that should be enough.

Make Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen beat you — and don’t let him beat you. Shaq Barrett needs a bounce back week. You know what, never mind. Someone on the rest of the defensive line step up and get the quarterback on the ground. (Shaq can feel free to join, too.) Offensive line isn’t the only side of the trenches that needs to step up for Tampa Bay.

Mike Evans scores after a bad week last week and the Bucs win.

Sikkema’s Score Prediction: Bucs 24, Panthers 23
Sikkema’s Pick-To-Click: WR Mike Evans
Sikkema’s Record: 1-4

PewterReport.com Bucs Beat Writer Taylor Jenkins

Since falling to the Bucs in Week 2, the Carolina Panthers have rattled off three consecutive wins over the Cardinals, Texans and Jaguars with quarterback Kyle Allen under center.

Per usual, this game will begin and end with stopping running back Christian McCaffrey, or at least limiting his damage. McCaffrey is first in the league with 105 rushing attempts, first in the league with 587 rushing yards, first in the league with 866 yards from scrimmage and sits seventh in the league at 5.6 yards per carry behind an offensive line that’s averaging 3.66 rushing yards before contact.

Even if Tampa Bay is able to slow down McCaffrey, Allen has been great for Carolina so far this season. The second-year quarterback is 3-0 in his three starts this year, completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 674 yards and five touchdowns while failing to throw an interception.

The Bucs will aim to contain McCaffrey and force Allen to beat them through the air, which isn’t necessarily a formidable task with a secondary that’s currently allowing a league-worst 323.6 passing yards per game.

Defensively the Panthers have a stout front seven and they’re allowing just 197 yards per game through the air. With that said, it will be critical for running backs Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones to keep the Bucs on schedule and avoid letting the offense get backed into long third downs.

All-in-all, I see this game being a hard-fought divisional matchup where neither team pulls away. In a close game, it will test the Bucs resilience and I wouldn’t be surprised if the result once again boils down to one final drive.

Jenkins’ Score Prediction: Bucs 24, Panthers 20
Jenkins’ Pick-To-Click: RB Ronald Jones
Reynolds’ Record: 0-5

PewterReport.com Bucs Beat Writer Matt Matera

With both teams missing some of their most important players, I have a feeling this game is going to be sloppy. Add in the fact that the game is in London so the sky will be grey with some rain, it’s going to take a couple of plays in crucial moments from the Bucs to pull this one out.

The Bucs offensive line is injured on the right side. Alex Cappa and Demar Dotson are both missing this game, so backups Earl Watford and Josh Wells will have to step up and stop a Panthers defensive line that is second in the league with 20 sacks. They will be mismatched but the Bucs will be ready for that with a game plan that will consist of screens, short passes, and large dose of running the ball. The Bucs have ran well all season and it’s time to turn Ronald Jones loose.

Even with Cam Newton missing the last three weeks, the Panthers have won all three games with backup quarterback Kyle Allen. How have they done it? Using Christian McCaffrey as much as they possibly can to mask Allen’s inefficiencies. But that will change this week as the Bucs defense will shut down McCaffrey like they did in Week 2 and how they’ve done against the top running backs all season.

Obviously the Bucs have had a ton of struggles on pass defense as they are last in yards allowed per game with 323.6 yards. They will get reinforcements this week with Jamel Dean retunring to the lineup as well as linebacker Devin White, who should help out with the pass rush on blitzes to the quarterback.

It’s been a one man show with Shaq Barrett getting to the quarterback, meanwhile not many other Bucs’ pass rushers have generated pressure. But against a backup in Allen, the pass rush will improve from a week ago and the defense will get an important turnover in a big moment that sets the Bucs up for a win across the pond.

Matera’s Score Prediction: Bucs 24, Panthers 23
Matera’s Pick-To-Click: ILB Devin White
Matera’s Record: 2-3

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32 COMMENTS

  1. Given that the PR staff record in picking bucs games is so bad(4-22 by my count), and the majority of you guys are picking the bucs, I’m going with the Panthers sending the Bucs to 2-4 and effectively ending the season. NO we make the playoffs as New Orleans will win Division and wild card teams will likely be from the West(LA, SF, or SEA), East(Philly or Dallas) or North(Minn, GB, Chicago). So if the Bucs lose it’s over and we will once again be talking draft in Mid-October. The big question is does Licht survive this season(in my opinion he should not) given he has 6 seasons with a horrible record as GM and does the team keep Winston and pay him $30mil(IMO we should not). I think this is a total rebuild, draft a QB, get rid of most of the expensive players and start over. The only expensive players I’m keeping are Evans, Marpet, smith and David.

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  2. Going to watch this game live since I have no expectations the Bucs are going to win this game. Too many things are going against them right now. The main reason why I feel like we’re going to lose it’s because they have a very fast quarterback and we love to make rookies look outstanding!

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  3. Panthers will have record number of sacks on the right side of Bucs line. DBs make rookie QB look like hall of gamer. Grim day for the Bucs. Season over. They keeping Licht? Arians?

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  4. doom and gloom

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  5. come on man,,,
    Bucs win 30-28 !!!

    Go Bucs !!!

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  6. This is an important game – a division rival is playing its backup QB while we have our franchise QB hopeful leading a roster our GM has engineered over the last six years. This is the kind of game a good (not great, just good) team needs to win, if we can’t it says a lot about the state of affairs at One Buc.

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  7. Thank God Mark Cook 0-5 picked the Panthers! Now we have a chance! LOL

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  8. The quarter says we lose, it’s 2 and 0 since I started, I going with the quarter.

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  9. Last game, Cam was off, but his guys were open. We should have seen the hole then. Then it was exposed by Jones, Goff, and Bridge. We win this one we still have to catch up to the Saints. There isnt a chance to get a Wild card spot.

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  10. Bucs 40
    Panthers 37

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  11. God…I want to go with my Bucs. But I won’t. So..prove me wrong TB. Kick some A** over there in mother England. Its bad when you’s been a Buc fans for ages..wishin and a hoping. I just think..givin out record against rookie and backup QB’s, we are HIT. Go into the bye at 3-3 and that gives you a fighting chance. Go in at 2-4 well….you playin forever ketchup. Damn..fellow Buckaroos, it must be nice being a Patriots fan knowin..you got more than a 75% chance of winning a game. What a rush aye? We…are always holding on to our pray beads and rabbits feet… I’ll be watchin..with an early AM libation. GO BUCS!!

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  12. 1. I love the optimism of the PR staff.

    2. you have the NFC South standings wrong below. Flip us with Carolina so our record is the true 2-3 we are. We are not 2nd in the South, we are third.

    3. no way we win this game. An already suspect offensive line is missing it’s starting right side against a talented front even without Short. 6-8 sacks for the panthers. And until proven otherwise, we can’t stop a first string, second string or third string quarterback. Let alone this is the third road game in a row and the team is looking ahead to the bye. Nah, this is going to be a blowout. Ugliest loss of the season thus far. Jamie’s gets happy feet after getting his brains bashed in the first half and becomes the turnover machine we all hate.

    Bucs 10 Panthers 32
    Winston 3 ints

    Prove me wrong Tampa! I love you guys but we are doing predictions here and that’s mine. I hope I’m wrong and we eek out a W on the road eeeer at home

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    • Lol. Exactly what happened so far and it’s only the 3rd quarter.

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    • Man did I call this one or what? A big F you to everyone who disliked my comment. The egg is on YOUR face.

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  13. One thing Pewter predictions missed Panthers with Kyle Allen at QB average 31 points and Bucs Defense allows average 30.3 points a game , Bucs need to score 32 points to win game. Bucs will need James throwing deep ball to win game.

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  14. Growing weary of being Cellar Dwellers

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    • Don’t worry yohoho. If you’ve been a fan since inception like I have you will become..COMFORTABLY NUMB on Sundays..with a little help from a few..libations!

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  15. Kyle WTF Allen. See how fast getting rid of one polarizing QB, and replacing him with a steady hand can change a football team? Gone is pouty Cam cross dressing Newton. That’s the last time Carolina lost, to us with Cam ending his career. Make no mistake, Allen is the new QB of the Panthers, so he no longer is a back up. Still, he’ll have back up luck on his side since he’s playing the Bucs. I’m picking the Pants to avenge their last loss. They will go into the bye on a four game win streak making the division a two way race with N.O.. We will battle Atl for the basement title.

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  16. If you want this team to ever be a winner again, start drafting from the SEC conference, the Big Ten, or the ACC stay away from all the other losers. the upsetting thisg is, its going to be another losing season and no playoff appearance. This team stinks so bad I could just VOMIT

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  17. Man, what a bunch of haters! You guys all crack me up. I love this site…

    Look, right now we are 2-3 and in 3rd place. It’s a marathon, not a sprint or so they keep saying. What does that mean for us? It means until we actually lose, our record is 13-3, that’s what it means! Teams with less talent go on winning streaks all the time. Why not us?

    Our defense tormented McCaffrey and Newton the entire game last time, and they’re supposedly even better now with Devin White back, Ryan Smith getting playing time, and Shaq Barrett hungry for seconds. The real test is on the right side of our OLine. Sure, they’re not starters, but they’re not rookies either. Plan the offensive scheme around your weakness and you’ll do great.

    Stop thinking that Kyle Allen is going to torch us. The coaches are making adjustments every week to account for the weaknesses in the secondary. One of these weeks it’s actually going to work. I say it’s this week. I wouldn’t be surprised if Kyle Allen gets picked off multiple times, get sacked multiple times, and McCaffrey actually loses a fumble.

    Bucs win! Bucs win! Bucs win! And if not, well, we’ll be 12-4.

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    • Nice try bucianco. Let’s talk tomorrow about this time.

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      • This is called “Fun with Futility 101” lol

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    • Finally a strong comment. Great Job!

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  18. All of you calling for bucs loss should go buy some New Orleans jerseys.
    Buccaneers will win. How can you pick a rookie qb over any NFL team to win. They may get lucky a bit but normally dont do well.
    I think our run defense is fine to stop mccaffery again.
    How can beat writers ever pick them to lose?
    I’m here to read about my favorite team and hate to see many of you constantly find fault and add negative comments.
    Bucs are my team regardless and I love the ups and downs of being a fan.

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    • Lookahere dmbucs…The Bucs are our team. They have been mine since team inception. However, just because fans are critical does not mean they do not want us to win. When one has been disappointed time and time again, yr after yr, for like almost 12 yrs with no playoff appearance, they not only get discouraged..they laugh and joke..like me to cover the pain. I was born in Temple Terrace but no longer live in FL. I get laughed at wearing my Buc stuff to work. I only have the pleasure of doing so When we win..and that like…every now and again. We are just tired of the losing. That’s all. But we do want to win. So Bucs..PROVE US WRONG. Start Winning consistently

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    • been a BUCS fan since 1976,,,,Steve Spurrier was the QB so dont tell me to buy a Saints jersey a team which I truly hate. I want the BUCS to win I just hate losing year after year with no improvement or playoff appearance.

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  19. I’m expecting a loss but hoping for a win. Not to be a debbie downer but it’s just everything is against us this week: We’re down our starting RG and RT, going up against one of the best defenses in the league, going up against a back up QB (we always make back ups and rookie QBs look like stars), the Panthers have a boatload of weapons against our trash secondary, and we never won in London before. Hopefully Leftwich calls a good game Sunday and Devin White and Jamel Dean give our D a major boost but I’m not optimistic about our chances at all.

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  20. @ twspin
    I grew up in Tampa and my pop started taking me when they got the team.
    I get people being disappointed in a loss but after a day I start thinking about how we are going to crush the next opponent.
    My friends love that I’m a bucs fan, they say only great fans can be a fan if a team that doeant win much.
    Saying that, what about the league in general. There are plenty of teams that have not won a playoff game in a decade.
    Bengals, lions, Redskins, 49rs, browns, dolphins, jets, Bill’s, and more.
    Hiw about teams that have been more consistent but haven’t won a sub in forever like
    Vikings, chargers, Falcons, and others.
    Are they all jumping ship? A few teams have won most of the superbowls over the last 30 years.
    I’m okay with that. This may be our year. If we get hit and win a few we become the darlings and stay there till we lose. But what if Winston stays hot and defense just plays a little better in the secondary?
    Maybe we just keep rolling. You only have to beat a couple teams in the playoffs.
    As far as I’m concerned Panthers still can eat cow patties and Falcons are weak. Saints are good and who doeant like Brees si they are allowed to be the wildcard and the Bucs can just win the division.
    Go Bucs, the only real team in the NFL..

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    • Luv your optimism dmbucs. I use to be..like that. Every single game. But now I figure..its a true treat on Sundays when we do Win. I hope this is the case in the morning. I’m nor mad at ya. Continue to be upbeat. For now though I am..cautiously optimistic until the team strings together 3 or 4 straight. GO BUCS.

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  21. I think it’s pretty simple boys, if Jameis balls out the Bucs win! If McCaffery balls out for 120 yards plus we lose! If our horses come to ball, I also don’t see us losing. But that means Jameis, Evans, Chris, OJ, RoJo have to bring it! Also, need Shaq to get back on track and Suh, White, Vea, David to man up! This is what o prefer to see happen… but this is a big ask! Go Bucs! Crumpets and tea blokes? Peace.

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  22. Merriam-Webster defines a fan as “a very enthusiastic supporter or admirer.” The word fan itself came about as a shortened form of the word fanatic, meaning “marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion.”

    Crazy to run into so many antibucs fan 5 games into the season. Probably the same uneducated ones talking playoffs after the Rams game.

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  23. Watching live with 1:05 to go in the first qtr. TD Panthers. Down 10-0. My biggest concern is once again the secondary. Only 2 passes have been contested. Every receiver is wide open. Bucs need to play press coverage and blitz or this will be a very long day.

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