Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Streaking Panthers confident going to Tampa Bay

  • Print

With a two-game winning streak and suddenly effective units on both sides of the ball, the Carolina Panthers are oozing confidence.

Facing winless Tampa Bay tonight should do nothing to erase that self-assurance.

While the Panthers (3-3) are getting solid performances from quarterback Cam Newton and receiver Steve Smith on offence, and tackling machine Luke Kuechly at linebacker and safety Mike Mitchell on defence, they're also plus-5 in the turnover margin.

So why not look up in the standings at a potential wild-card spot, especially facing the most dysfunctional team in the league this year, the Bucs?

"I can't stress enough how proper preparation can increase the confidence come game time," Newton said, speaking for himself as well as the team. "When you come to the line and you know that you've been coached up to expect a certain look -- and then you get that look -- you don't panic."

Panic City might be another name for Tampa, where rookie Mike Glennon makes his fourth start since incumbent quarterback Josh Freeman was exiled. Halfback Doug Martin hurt his shoulder in Sunday's loss.

"I just take the next task at hand," coach Greg Schiano said.

"I can tell you, on a short week like this, you don't get a lot of sleep. You try to get everything done. You try to make it as good a plan, yet not very complicated, because you don't have a lot of time to practise.

"It really has to be between the ears, get yourself, physically, feeling as well as you can as a football team, and we've got to go out and execute against a team that, right now, is pretty hot."

Carolina is a six-point favourite over Tampa Bay



  • Seattle (minus 11) at St. Louis

It's madness to lay this many points on the road in the current NFL. Unless Kurt Warner is coming through the Rams' door, we're laying them...

Best bet: SEAHAWKS, 23-3


  • Dallas (plus 3) at Detroit

Not a big believer in Lions. Nor in Cowboys, but...

Upset special: COWBOYS, 23-21


  • Green Bay (minus 10) at Minnesota

Packers start pulling away in NFC North.

PACKERS, 30-13


  • New York Jets (plus 6 1/2) at Cincinnati

Stamp the winner here as a team to watch.

BENGALS, 20-16


  • Atlanta (plus 2 1/2) at Arizona

Stamp the loser here as a team to ignore.



San Francisco (minus 16 1/2) vs. Jacksonville at London

Jags take their woeful squad across the pond.

49ERS, 30-10


  • Cleveland (plus 7) at Kansas City

Look for a defensive battle royale.

CHIEFS, 13-7


  • Washington (plus 13) at Denver

Look for little defence at all.

BRONCOS, 37-31


  • Buffalo (plus 12 1/2) at New Orleans

Bills won't make it a Big Easy for Saints.

SAINTS, 27-17


  • Miami (plus 7) at New England

A must-win for the Dolphins to stay relevant in AFC East. Sorry...



  • Pittsburgh (minus 3) at Oakland

Once a classic rivalry, now part of Pittsburgh's revival.



  • New York Giants (plus 6) at Philadelphia

Taking a mulligan here. But either way, Giants cover.

With Michael Vick at QB, EAGLES, 24-20

Without Michael Vick at QB, GIANTS 27-10



Against spread: 7-8 (47-58-3). Straight up: 8-7 (63-45).

Best bet: 4-3 against spread, 7-0 straight up.

Upset special: 1-6 against spread, 1-6 straight up.


-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 24, 2013 D6

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


Exclusive architectural tour of CMHR with Antoine Predock

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Young goslings are growing up quickly near Cresent Lake in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba- See Bryksa 30 Day goose project- Day 11- May 15, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Local- A large osprey lands in it's nest in a hydro pole on Hyw 59  near the Hillside Beach turnoff turn off. Osprey a large narrow winged hawk which can have a wingspan of over 54 inches are making a incredible recovery since pesticide use of the 1950's and  1960's- For the last two decades these fish hawks have been reappearing in the Lake Winnipeg area- Aug 03, 2005

View More Gallery Photos


Which Jets prospect has the best chance of making NHL team this season?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google