Mac's Keys To Victory vs Bucs

The Mac Attack
December 24, 2017 - 9:05 am

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A win and the Panthers are in the playoffs.  So, as Jameis Winston would say the Panthers "Want to eat a W" this weekend.  Here is how they do it.....

1) Show up- Ok, I'm being a total smart ass.  The Bucs are a mess right now. They have lost 8 of 10 and just put 5 key players on IR. Plus, chances are that WR Desean Jackson and DE Robert Ayers will sit out.  Carolina just needs to show up focused and ready to play  to avoid a big upset.  The Cats are an 11 point favorite.

2) Turnover margin- Over the past 7 games, the Panthers are plus 9 in the TO game.  They have forced 7 TOs in the last 2 games alone and 14 in the last 7. Plus, they have only 4 TOs on offense in the last 7 games too. If they keep this up against a Bucs team that is pretty good at forcing TOs (5th in NFL) but banged up, they should be in business.

3) Fast Start- In their first 11 games, the Panthers didn't score a TD on their first drive one time.  In the last 3 weeks, they have done it every time.  Get off to a fast start and the Bucs will probably start thinking about getting home and preparing for Santa.

4) Run the Ball- ​Carolina is #1 in the NFL in yards per game rushing in the last 7 weeks  (174).  TB is 23rd in run defense and they just gave up 201 yds and 5.7 ypc against Atlanta.  Get the ground game going and the Panthers will be on their way to  Merry Christmas.

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