(NEW YORK) — The Carolina Panthers (3-3) will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers on Thursday night.
Carolina is averaging 23.2 points a game and head coach Ron Rivera isn’t looking past the winless Bucs.
“You don’t count records when you play teams,” Rivera said. “We’ve got to play hard and play to win. We’re not going to overlook this by any stretch of the imagination.”
Carolina’s defense is allowing just 13.8 points a game and the team is looking to go above the .500 mark for the first time since 2008.
“Not only just being over .500, we’re being 1-0 in the division, that’s what really counts,” Newton said. “For us it’s not only a game that’s a must-win, it’s even a must, must-win being a divisional south opponent.”
The Buccaneers are still looking for their first win of the season and hope the crowd at home will help them.
“I would imagine it’d be pretty good,” Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon said of the home crowd. “It’s a nationally televised game, night games are always fun to play in. I would expect a great atmosphere.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN