The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been facing must-win situations for weeks on end by now and yet they continue to lose each time. Can they grab their first win against the inconsistent Carolina Panthers? More importantly: can they do it without Doug Martin and Carl Nicks and with Dashon Goldson and Mike WIlliams possibly out as well?
The Carolina Panthers won't make it easy on the Bucs, but stranger things than underdog wins have happened on short weeks. The Panthers' offense has been weirdly inconsistent with 30-point wins alternated by six-point losses. Consistency isn't to be found in Carolina, but a matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can't hurt them.
Game time: 8:25 PM ET
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
TV Channel: NFL Network, WMOR channel 32
Announcers: Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock and Alex Flanagan
Odds: Panthers by 7
Buccaneers injury report:
Out: RB Doug Martin, G Carl Nicks, RB Jeff Demps
Questionable: S Dashon Goldson, WR Chris Owusu, WR Mike Williams
Probable: CB Mike Adams, S Mark Barron, DE Da'Quan Bowers, TE Tom Crabtree, G Davin Joseph, DT Akeem Spence, S Keith Tandy
Panthers injury report:
Questionable: DT Dwan Edwards
Probable: LB Chase Blackburn, S Colin Jones, WR Brandon LaFell, S Robert Lester, CB D.J. Moore, TE Greg Olsen, CB Josh Thomas