Carolina Facing Dreaded Third Straight On Road

December 1st, 2011

Before this season, the stat geeks at ESPN churned up numbers on how poorly NFL teams fare during a stretch of three consecutive road games.

Over the past 21 seasons, teams have had winning records during those three-game trips only 35 percent of the time, per ESPN.

Joe’s seen other stats from gambling outfits that show Game 3 of the three-game journey offers the worst chance of winning. The Bucs’ last victory, which feels like a century ago, was against the Saints. New Orleans was playing its third straight on the road.

The Bucs get another blessing from the schedule makers on Sunday, as Carolina heads to Tampa for its third of three straight as the away club.

Joe actually watched the first game of the Panthers’ trip in Detroit. It actually soothed Joe somewhat because Joe was finally watching a 2011 defense more porous than the Bucs’. Detroit rolled up 49 points with ease against the Panthers’ banged up D.

If the Bucs can’t pull off a victory Sunday, it surely will be a sad state of affairs. 

12 Responses to “Carolina Facing Dreaded Third Straight On Road”

  1. TheProsUseAdvoCare Says:

    Bucs got this. No reason we can’t beat this team. Lets do it!

  2. bucfanjeff Says:

    With all the heat coming down on the Bucs, you can believe and WIN is expected. A decisive win. Not 20-19 or 23-17, I’m talking a 17-20 point spread. 31-14, 28-10, 24-3 – you get the idea.

  3. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    So…we will only get beat on a last second field goal this weekend

  4. eric Says:

    bucs havent really played a qb that can run this year.

    scary thought imo along with smith who killed us when we played good d.

    that plus their running backs cause a bit of trepidation.

    but ought to score 28 if free is healthy.

    i say its a pick em.

  5. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Bucs will take this one, but it’ll look ugly just like the win against the Colts.

  6. Brain Says:

    GO PANTHERS! 4-12 here we come!

  7. Captain Stagger Says:

    Who is playing better right now:

    Freeman or Newton
    M Williams or S Smith
    Blumpkin or Williams and Stewart

    The defense’s are a wash, but thier offense is much better.

    I’m ready to be disappointed and will be happy not dropping a few hundred bucks to be bored off my A$$ with dropped 7 yard passes and check downs.

  8. digitalone Says:

    You said Blumpkin..

    I hate posting because I want to be positive but I have had a fear of Cam Newton all season. I’ve really hated the Panthers for years now. They make us look like idiots. Cam Newton is the antichrist or an alien. My fear was/is he has had all season to get better. I wish we would have faced them early. Hes going to light up EG biggers and run all over us. hes probably fantasizing about it atm. Cam Newton vs Biggers? Its going to be fugly. I hope/pray that I’m wrong.

    If something doesn’t change, its going to be a long decade of us sucking a** in our division because everyone is getting better except us. Out.

  9. thomas 2.2 Says:

    Bottom Line:

    Both teams have solid offenses. One team has a bad defense (carolina), the other has a worse defense. One team has a qualified head coach (carolina), the other doesnt (and in fact it is even worse than just unqualified).

    The bucs thankfully are at home and Carolina is on the road for the third straight – consequently the bucs squeak out a narrow win – but Cam and Co. will score some points and make it exciting.

  10. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Agree on the narrow win, and it may also be their last of the season.

  11. CC Says:

    The Bucs need to run early and often to keep Carolina’s offense off the field. Otherwise Carolina is going to put up 30 points and 400 yards. Bucs are lucky to have Carolina come down here on three straight road games.

  12. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Wow, I want Tampa to win of course, but the way we are playing, I don’t see it happening.
    Cam Newton is the New Alpha Male of the SEC, he has Steve Smith to throw to, and Ron Rivera’s San Diego style offense, along with 2 bruising backs to keep us honest.
    I see it getting very ugly for us at home, very fast. Only if we successfully run Blount 30 times, and get some turnovers, do I see us winning this game.

    I hope I am wrong.