The Carolina Panthers continue their tour of the NFL’s worst teams on Thursday night – a fortuitous bit of scheduling that could only be luckier if the Panthers next played Jacksonville.
Alas, they don’t have the Jaguars on their schedule. But there are only three other NFL teams at the moment who have won one game or less in 2013. The Panthers have already played two of them – the New York Giants and Minnesota – and they get Tampa Bay twice, starting Thursday night in Florida.
So this should be easy, right? The Buccaneers are 0-6. Carolina is 3-3 but has won three of its past four and has one of the NFL’s top defenses.
Well, no. I don’t think it will be that easy.
The Bucs are going to beat somebody this season – the Panthers just can’t let it be them. Tampa Bay has a few things going for it, including rookie quarterback Mike Glennon and wide receiver Vincent Jackson.
Glennon threw at Jackson 22 times last week and 14 the week before. Four of those throws went for touchdowns.
If the Panthers don’t double Jackson on most every play Thursday night, they are nuts. Jackson, if you remember, was also the guy who made the great touchdown catch that helped the Bucs come back from 11 points down in the final 4:03 in 2012 in Charlotte to tie the game in regulation and win it 27-21 in overtime.