Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to go through a largely under-the-radar Carolina Panther pass rush if they want the NFC South division crown this year. After splitting the season series last year in two of Tampa Bay's most high-profile games of the season, the Bucs will face off with the division foes on Weeks Two and 10.

Carolina's 5-11 record in 2019 wouldn't clue you in on how effective the Panthers were at taking down opposing quarterbacks - they were second in the league with 53.0 sacks. Where they rank in other defense categories might, though. But the biggest factor in Carolina's downturn was undoubtedly the inconsistency at signal caller. Quarterback Cam Newton again battled through injury and succumbed in Week Three, after the team's first meeting with the Bucs on Thursday Night Football the week before. Tampa Bay took that primetime contest in spectacular fashion on fourth-down nearly goal-line stop that preserved their lead. The Bucs wouldn't be as successful though in London as the two teams faced off overseas.