Panthers vs. Bucs: Revisiting our (sorta) bold predictions for Week 7

The Carolina Panthers shocked plenty of people with their Week 7 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And that certainly includes us.

Tampa Bay still runs a tight ship on defense, allowing the seventh-fewest total yards per game. They also have yet to allow more than 255 passing yards to any of the quarterbacks they’ve faced this season—a group that already includes Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers and Dak Prescott.

Result: Walker completed 16 of his 22 passing attempts for 177 yards.

Prop: O/U 0.5 passing touchdowns for Walker

These pirates are pretty stingy, too. The Buccaneers are up to nine takeaways on the season, with six of them coming via the interception, and have relinquished the seventh-fewest passing yards (193.3) per contest.

In turn, Walker is usually a big play waiting to happen, often times for the defense. His propensity to force the issue is probably what led to Week 6’s ultra conservative game plan, but he and offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo will need to take way more chances downfield.

And while that could led to more scoring opportunities, this Carolina offense is far too broken up—especially with two of its best players traded away earlier in the week—to get on track just yet.

Result: Walker threw for two touchdowns—a 20-yarder to wide receiver DJ Moore in the second quarter and a 29-yarder to tight end Tommy Tremble in the fourth quarter.

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Speaking of opportunities, Brady and his bunch are going to get a ton of them against the Panthers. With Carolina averaging an NFL-low 53.8 offensive plays per game, that’ll give Tampa Bay plenty of time and tries to crack the defense.

Result: Brady completed 32 passes for 290 yards.

Brady has thrown for fewer than 35 attempts in just two of this season’s six games—with one of them resulting in 34 tries.

The Buccaneers currently boast the league’s worst ground attack, averaging just 67.5 rushing yards per contest. And the Panthers, despite their 26th-ranked run defense, can prove rather stout at times.

Prop: O/U 29.5 receiving yards for Fournette

As we said, Fournette is a staple in Tampa’s passing plan. He’s hit the 35-yard receiving mark in each of the last four outings.

Result: Fournette recorded a season-low seven receiving yards on two catches.

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Prop: O/U 41.5 rushing yards for Foreman

With McCaffrey gone, Foreman should get the lion’s share of carries over Chuba Hubbard. But the Buccaneers defense, which has allowed the 14th-fewest rushing yards per game, remains one of the strongest groups against the run.

Result: Foreman broke that mark on just one run, a 60-yard rumble in the third quarter that help set up a 17-yard run to the end zone by fellow back Chuba Hubbard. He finished with 118 yards on 15 carries.

McCaffrey accounted for over a third of the Panthers’ passing targets last week. Those attempts are going to have to find a new home, and Moore—who saw seven of them against the Rams—is the obvious beneficiary.

Result: Moore recorded season-highs in receptions (seven) and receiving yards (69).

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Evans, who should be headed to Canton one day, is obviously quite good. But so is Panthers cornerback Jaycee Horn.

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