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B/R Consensus Pick: Panthers (12-0)
Schottey: Panthers, 24-10
Both teams are more of a mess right now than they should be. The difference here is that quarterback Cam Newton can make up for the Panthers' shortcomings while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need a hazmat team. Schiano should be fired. If he's not, there are even bigger problems going on here.
Bowen: Panthers, 23-16
The Bucs are a mess, and the Panthers are playing their best football of the season. I'm going with Cam Newton to pick up the divisional win.
Schalter: Panthers, 21-17
Contrary to the narrative, the Buccaneers have talent and are playing hard for Schiano. Underrated Panthers finally on a roll, though.
Freeman: Panthers, 24-17
The Panthers beat a hapless Bucs franchise that stinks out loud.
Miller: Panthers, 24-13
Will this be the week Greg Schiano gets fired? Moving to 0-7 gets the Buccaneers one week closer to salvation.
Frenz: Panthers, 14-9
It goes against every instinct I have to pick a team that hasn't won a game. Won't do it here, either. The Panthers are finding their form, finally, and the Buccaneers are ripe for a beating.
Hangst: Panthers, 23-10
The Panthers have been impressing all season long with their defense, and now they're being matched by the intensity of their Newton-led offense. The only thing the Buccaneers have to their advantage this week is the home field. This is a game the Panthers are built to win.
Hansen: Panthers, 24-17
The Panthers have quietly built a very good defense, and that might be all that's needed to beat a team with Mike Glennon at quarterback. The Buccaneers are close to quitting on Greg Schiano, and Cam Newton is playing some of his best football of the season.
Bardeen: Panthers, 34-17
The Panthers defense is one of the best in the league, and the offense is finally starting to wake up. Carolina has scored 30 or more points in three of its last four games. Tampa Bay won't get its first win of the season at home in Week 8.
Gagnon: Panthers, 24-21
Two NFC South teams going in completely opposite directions. The Bucs have been competitive in the majority of their losses, though, so I think they keep it close at home.
Langland: Panthers, 21-13
Cam Newton has found himself a nice little groove, and the Panthers defense is playing at a high level. This, in turn, should allow them to make quick work of rookie signal-caller Mike Glennon and the Buccaneers.
Kruse: Panthers, 27-13
Cam Newton is rolling (passer rating of nearly 140.0 the past two weeks), and the Panthers have made easy work of back-to-back teams resembling Tampa Bay (Minnesota, St. Louis).