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After 2017 ended with a 5-11 record Cheap Sean Bunting Jersey , it was clear that Tampa Bay would be under pressure to win this season or else. Up until the Jameis Winston suspension, it seemed like everything would be ok as long as the Bucs showed improvement and finished somewhere in the 7-9 win range. But now, there is a feeling that it’s the postseason or else for the Bucs in 2018.If the Bucs stumble, then we could be looking at another major rebuild in 2019 and beyond with pretty much all of the front office staff removed, Winston gone, and other key players as well. This was discussed last week by BN’s Gil Arcia, so let’s take it a step further and talk about why each player is feeling the heat in 2018. QuarterbacksJameis Winston - He must improve his play on the field as well as his decisions off the field if he wants to remain the franchise quarterback and 2018 will dictate what happens in the future. Ryan Fitzpatrick - The veteran faces the toughest three-game opening stretch in NFL history and will be counted on to keep the Bucs’ season alive. Tampa Bay really needs Winston to step it upKim Klement-USA TODAY SportsRunning BacksRonald Jones II - One of the Bucs’ feature picks of the 2018 draft Sean Bunting Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jersey , Jones is under heavy pressure to lift one of the league’s worst running games in 2017. Peyton Barber - Even though he came on toward the end of last season, it wasn’t enough to keep the Bucs from investing RoJo.Jacquizz Rodgers - Can the vet keep up with all of the youth?Charles Sims - He’s been on the decline since 2015 and signed a one-year deal back in April.Wide Receivers Mike Evans - Tampa Bay’s highest-paid player needs to prove that he is worth the contract he signed. DeSean Jackson - It’ll be hard to justify Jackson’s salary next year if he has the same type of season as 2017. Chris Godwin - The second-year player is expected to become a major factor on offense and avoid the dreaded “sophomore slump”.Adam Humphries - With Godwin’s development, Hump is under pressure to show he can still make plays in this offense.The Bucs will look to Godwin for more plays like this in 2018Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY SportsOffensive LineDonovan Smith - After a down season in 2017, there will be very close attention paid to the potential future left tackle for the Bucs. Ali Marpet - Marpet is expected to continue his development on the line and a down season could affect his upcoming contract. Ryan Jensen - When you’re the highest-paid player in the league at your position then there is always pressure to perform. Caleb Benenoch - Can he take over for JR Sweezy at right guard?Alex Cappa - Cappa is expected to continue the trend set by Marpet, but can he end up starting in his rookie season like Marpet did?Demar Dotson - He is getting older and coming off a pretty bad injury in 2017.Tight EndsCameron Brate - Just like Evans, Brate will have to prove he’s worth his price tag as well as fight off Howard. O.J. Howard - The former first-round pick should build off his rookie year and become one of the top tight ends in the league this season. It’s round two between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers. This time around, Jameis Winston will take his shot at the Cats from the Carolinas. The first meeting was a dominated by the Panthers. Tampa Bay made a heroic attempt at a comeback Caleb Benenoch Jersey , but fell short in the end. The Panthers have lost three games in a row and the Bucs are coming off a win against the San Francisco 49ers. How will this week’s matchup shake out?OverviewAll-time series: The Panthers lead the all-time regular season series, 23-13. The Bucs are 6-11 at home and 7-12 on the road. Carolina won the most recent meeting, 42-28 earlier in the season. Longest win streak: Carolina won six in a row from 2013-2016. Jameis Winston will try and face down his demons against the Panthers todayBob Donnan-USA TODAY SportsLargest victory: The Panthers won 48-16 on Christmas Eve of 2011.2018 offensive and defensive rankings: The Bucs continue to hold on to the league’s top offensive ranking (1st pass, 26th run) and the 27th ranked defense (27th pass, 18th run) . Carolina owns the 13th best offense (21st pass, 5th run) and the 14th best defense (22nd pass, 5th run).What To Watch ForCarolina’s rushing attack video station. the Tampa Bay defense: The Panthers amassed a 35-7 lead in the first matchup thanks to a deadly running game. James Bradberry video station. Mike Evans: Bradberry got the best of Evans last time around. It feels like Evans will get more than just one catch this week. Lavonte David’s return: The Bucs best linebacker is healthy and will play this week. Vita Vea’s development: Can he continue the momentum from the 49ers game?Tampa Bay’s secondary: There are injuries galore to a unit that was already struggling with the starters in place. Impact PlayersTampa Bay BuccaneersQB Jameis Winston: Tampa Bay’s signal caller got his first win since getting benched about a month ago Beau Allen Jersey , can he build off last week’s performance?WR Mike Evans: With DeSean Jackson out Evans will be counted on more than ever this week. The offensive line: This unit has to be better this week. Plain and simple. DT Vita Vea: The rookie looked like a top draft pick against the 49ers and will need to continue that this week. LB Lavonte David: His presence will fire up the defense. CB Brent Grimes: The Bucs’ secondary is hurting. Grimes needs to step up this week. Adam Humphries had a career day in the last meeting between these two teamsPhoto by Streeter Lecka/Getty ImagesCarolina PanthersQB Cam Newton: This is obvious. RB Christian McCafferey: The lone bright spot in the Panthers’ losing streak, Tampa Bay has to corral him on Sunday. TE Greg Olsen: The Bucs did an OK job with George Kittle last week. Now let’s see what they can do with Olsen. DT Kawaan Short: One of the best interior defenders in the game, Tampa Bay’s interior line will have their hands full.LB Luke Kuechly: This is as obvious as Cam Newton. CB Donte Jackson: Jackson has played well this year and has become a major component in the secondary.Game OutlookIf the Bucs can avoid turnovers like last week then this game can be won pretty easily. The Panthers currently have no answers on defense and the offense is dealing with some injuries. But they will have to find a way to shut down Christian McCafferey - which is easier said than done. It will be interesting to see if Tampa Bay can continue the momentum from last week.

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