NFL Week 2 Prediction: Buccaneers Offense Has Chance Against Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FNN SPORTS) – After greeting Week 1 with losses, the Buccaneers and the Panthers will both be hungry for a win tonight in Charlotte. The odds are standing favorable for the Panthers, but here are some things to look for in tonight’s matchup before leaning in one direction over another.
The Panthers have an edge on the Bucs with a dominant running game in Christian McCaffery, who rushed for 128 yards and had 81 receiving yards against the Rams’ strong defense in Week 1. As seen in the Bucs versus 49ers Week 1 game, the Bucs defense let up too many rushing yards, so if Tampa’s defense struggles with this again, McCaffery is a more relentless running back than San Francisco’s two running backs. Although when comparing the Bucs offense to the Panthers offense, the Bucs have more weapons at their disposal with a healthier Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, O.J. Howard, Cameron Brate, Peyton Barber, Ronald Jones II, and potentially Tanner Hudson, who is a new addition to the Bucs offense, yet shown himself to be a very athletic and versatile option for Tampa Bay.
Tonight will be a huge indicator on Winston’s developments at quarterback and a test for the offensive line. Carolina doesn’t have the same insane front-line pressure on defense as the 49ers did, but they have the Bucs former team captain, Gerald McCoy, leading the Panther defense and key players Shaq Thompson and James Bradberry. The Panthers defense allowed the 6th lowest passer rating in Week 1 and those stats against the Rams is significant. For the Bucs offense to have a progressive chance, Winston’s many weapons will have to help, and the running game will have to be more than just present but dominantly effective.
We will see which team is more hungry to take this win tonight at 8:20pm in Charlotte.
Kasey Hudson is a Florida National News sports contributor. | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jaguars Wide Receiver Calvin Ridley, Previously Suspended for Violating the NFL’s Gambling Policy, Reinstated
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Wide receiver Calvin Ridley was reinstated to the Jaguars’ active roster, the National Football League announced today.
Acquired via trade by the Jaguars on Nov. 1, Ridley, 28, has 248 career receptions for 3,342 yards and 28 TDs in 49 games spanning four seasons with the Falcons.
The Jaguars and Ridley offered the following statements regarding the reinstatement:
STATEMENT FROM THE JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
“The Jaguars organization is aware of the NFL’s ruling to reinstate Calvin Ridley. We look forward to building a relationship with Calvin as both an individual and as a player. Calvin is a proven playmaker and we are excited to see him compete among and with his new teammates, first during our Offseason Program in April and ultimately into the 2023 season, as we collectively pursue a championship for Jacksonville.”
STATEMENT FROM CALVIN RIDLEY
“Today’s reinstatement by the NFL brings an end to a challenging chapter of my professional career, one that was self-inflicted and began with an isolated lapse in judgement. I have always owned my mistakes and this is no different. I have great respect for the game and am excited for the opportunity to restart my career in Jacksonville. I look forward to showing my new coaches, teammates, and the entire Jaguars organization exactly who I am and what I represent as a player and person.”
Tom Brady: ‘I’m Retiring for Good’
TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Is it finally the end of an era for Tom Brady? The greatest quarterback of all-time announced on Twitter, Wednesday morning that he is retiring from football and didn’t mince words.
Truly grateful on this day. Thank you 🙏🏻❤️ pic.twitter.com/j2s2sezvSS
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) February 1, 2023
“Good morning guys, I’ll get straight to the point, I am retiring for good,” Brady said. “I know the process was a pretty big deal last time so when I woke up this morning I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first. I won’t be long winded, you only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year.”
“I really want to thank you guys, to every single one of you for supporting me, my family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors, I could go on forever, ” he added as the emotions clearly kicked in. “There are too many. Thank you guys for allowing me to live my dream. I wouldn’t change a thing, I love you all.”
Brady’s 23rd season didn’t exactly go as planned with a career-ending 31-14 loss to Dallas in the NFL Wild Card round. His sentiments to the media following the game, seemed like Brady would be gone in Tampa, but many were unsure if it would be the last time we’d see him on a field.
His storied career is the best ever.* 7 Super Bowl Wins
* 3 NFL MVP Awards
* 15 Pro Bowls
* Most Career Wins
* Most Career Touchdown PassesAs a starter, he made the playoffs in 20 of 21 seasons. Now that Brady is hanging up his cleats, he will make a new start in the NFL world. As the lead analyst for Fox Sports NFL broadcasts. A 10-year deal reportedly worth $375 million.
So we may see Brady at Super Bowl LVII in Arizona after all, but it will be in the Press Box, not under center this time.
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jamal Agnew Named to the 2023 Pro Bowl Games
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Jacksonville Jaguars // WR Jamal Agnew was named to the 2023 Pro Bowl Games as a return specialist to replace Ravens WR Devin Duvernay, who is unable to participate due to injury, the NFL announced today. Agnew is the first Jaguars Pro Bowler since 2019 and the 31st Pro Bowler in franchise history. Agnew is the first return specialist to make the Pro Bowl in team history and the fourth specialist, joining punters Bryan Parker and Chris Hanson and kicker Mike Hollis.
Agnew returned 21 kickoffs for 547 yards (26.0 average) and 25 punt returns for 205 yards (8.2 average). Agnew’s 26.0 kick return average was the second-highest in the AFC (min. 20 kick returns) and he had two kick returns of at least 50 yards in the regular season, including a 54-yard return in Jacksonville’s Week 18 victory against Tennessee.
In the postseason, Agnew returned seven kickoffs for 265 yards (37.9 average) and three punt returns for 23 yards (7.7 average). Agnew’s 37.9 return average is the second-highest in a single NFL postseason by any player with a minimum of five kick returns. Agnew had four kick returns for 134 yards with a long of 52 yards against the Chargers and three kick returns for 131 yards with a long of 63 yards against the Chiefs.
The 2023 Pro Bowl games will take place in Las Vegas beginning on Thursday, February 2 with the Pro Bowl players competing in skills challenges. The Pro Bowl Games competition culminates with a seven versus seven NFC action-packed Flag football game at Allegiant Stadium.
- South Florida News4 days ago
Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez Promotes Water Safety Ahead of Memorial Day
- Entertainment4 days ago
Movie Review: Disenchantment under the sea in live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’
- Central Florida News1 day ago
Orange County Property Appraiser Amy Mercado will seek re-election 2024
- Cannes Film Festival3 days ago
PHOTOS: The Big Winners from the 2023 Cannes Film Festival
- Central Florida News1 day ago
Karen Castor Dentel files paperwork to run for Orange County Supervisor of Elections