NFL.com and NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport has his thoughts on the game:
Why this game is intriguing: The fall of sophomore-slumper Cam Newton and the hapless Panthers has been well-documented. It's time to document a team headed in the other direction. Like Carolina's opponent on Sunday. The Buccaneers have won three in a row, and we're long past the days of debating coach Greg Schiano's use of the victory-formation defense. Because now the Bucs are the ones kneeling, after all. If Tampa Bay makes it four in a row, one major reason will have been deep connections between quarterback Josh Freeman and receiver Vincent Jackson. Can the Panthers corral that pair?
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