Our local Carolina Panthers travel to Tampa Bay this weekend, and I have to say I’m a little concerned. Both teams are 5-2 going in and there has been a rivalry brewing amongst the two teams for quite a while now. This story on Yahoo! Sports talks about how the Panthers have swept the Bucs for the past two seasons, and that can only mean one thing – Tampa Bay is due. Add that to the fact that Carolina’s rushing game is currently ranked 31st in the league and Tampa Bay has the number one rushing defense and it’s not looking like a good situation for John Fox and the boys.
So, I’m a tad worried, but still optimistic. As with any rivalry, once that first whistle is blown and the clock starts ticking, statistics go out the window.