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?
Ranking NFL's top five lockdown corners; plus, what Odell Beckham Jr.'s return means for Browns
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explores the contract dispute between Xavien Howard and the Dolphins. Plus, ranking the NFL's top five lockdown corners, what Odell Beckham Jr.'s return from injury could do for the Browns and why Tua Tagovailoa's rough practice isn't a big deal.
Tom Brady on playing until he's 50: 'Even for me, that's a long time'
Bucs GM Jason Licht has said he'd let the ageless Tom Brady play until he's 50. Even for the all-time great, that might be stretching it a bit,. Brady has two seasons left on his recently signed extension with the Buccaneers and intends to make a decision on what's to become of the most successful career in NFL history after that.
Jets encouraged by Zach Wilson's desire to master offense following first minicamp
Zach Wilson knows being an NFL quarterback isn't as easy as being drafted and putting on a helmet. It's not an easy task, but the New York Jets' first-rounder isn't shying from the challenge. He's also not keeping the difficulty of it hidden.