Containing Cam. The last time these two teams met, the Tampa Bay defense continually lost contain on quarterback Cam Newton. That resulted in a big rushing day for the Panthers quarterback, who ran for 50 yards and a touchdown. Tampa Bay’s defensive ends and linebackers have to do a much better job against Newton to have a chance this time around.
The Revis Watch. Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis (groin) will be a game-time decision. If Revis can’t play, the Bucs likely will ask rookie Johnthan Banks to cover Carolina receiver Steve Smith. Banks did a nice job on Detroit’s Calvin Johnson last week. But it’s a lot to ask a rookie corner to shut down elite receivers in back-to-back weeks.
Tampa Bay’s running game. It will be crucial for the Bucs to make an impact with their running game against one of the league’s top front sevens. Running back Bobby Rainey was bottled up against Detroit. The Bucs need to open up the way for Rainey by letting quarterback Mike Glennon take some shots down the field.