We have already arrived at game day for Week 2. The Bucs travel to Charlotte to take on the Panthers in a big divisional matchup. Both teams are 0-1 after losing their season openers and both teams are looking to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start.
Largest victory: A 48-16 win over Tampa Bay currently stands as the largest margin of victory in this series.
QB Jameis Winston: A good bounce-back performance is needed in a big way.
RB Ronald Jones II: Expect Tampa Bay's second-year back to see a lot of action on Thursday night.
WR Mike Evans: The Bucs' ground game will be a focal point, which should open up some throwing lanes for Evans and co.
S Jordan Whitehead: His downhill style should be a perfect match for this game.
DL Kawann Short: One of the best and most underrated defensive linemen in the league.
LB Luke Kuechly: Everyone knows what Kuechly can do. Dude is a monster.
S Eric Reid: All he did was come in off the street last year and become a pivotal piece to the Panthers' defense. So far, nothing has changed.
Outside of McCaffrey and Jones, both offenses struggled to find their footing last week. That could easily happen again on Thursday night, considering the fact that it's a short week and also a rivalry game. Throw in what looks to be an improved Tampa Bay defense and all of a sudden, this game may get thirsty for points.
The front seven for each team will dictate how this game goes. Both teams have brand new defenses that they'll be trotting out, so it'll be interesting to see how much said defenses dictate the game early on. The Panthers allowed three sacks last week, just like the Bucs, so there's room for plays to be made in terms of sacks.
Carolina's passing game appears to be in the works, but so does the Bucs' air attack. McCaffrey will be on the field for basically every snap. The Bucs will have to be aggressive, but disciplined on defense due to offensive packages that Carolina likes to run.
If Tampa Bay can shut down McCaffrey and force Newton to throw a lot, then there's a very good shot the team can reach the 1-1 mark. If the Panthers can force Winston into his erratic style of play, then there's a good chance they win the game.
No matter the result, it'll be fun to watch a division game under the lights in primetime.