Originally posted on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 9/9/12
Game one of the Bucs regular season has finally arrived. There is no better way to open a schedule than to kickoff against a division rival that stars one of the most exciting players in the game today. Here are a few keys to today’s game that can have the Bucs send Carolina away with a loss. Contain Cam Newton This is a no-brainer. Against the Buccaneers last season, Cam Newton had a total of eight touchdowns (four passing, four rushing), 375 yards passing, 119 yards rushing, and no interceptions. If Tampa Bay can manage to spy on Newton while holding the receivers, his day should be limited, at least through the air. One less running back to worry about. Carolina will be without running back Jonathan Stewart. He rushed 21 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns (one receiving) against the Bucs last season. The Panthers will still have DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert running against the Buccaneers’ defense. However, the absence of Stewart leaves the Bucs’ defense breathing a tad-...
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