September 30, 2015 - Jesse Lawrence
Undefeated Panthers on hunt for another win, go to Tampa Bay in cheapest game of Week 4
The reigning NFC South champs will get their first taste of No. 1 overall draft pick Jameis Winston in Week 4 when the Carolina Panthers visit Raymond James Stadium to take on the division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This figures to be the first of many times the Panthers’ D squares off against Winston and the Bucs, and in this first encounter, Carolina will try to remain undefeated, entering the weekend as one of the few unbeaten teams left in pro football. Fans of both sides couldn’t ask for better value, as the average ticket price, according to TiqIQ.com, is just $85.82 on the secondary market, making it one of the least expensive games this week. Furthermore, the get-in price is just $29 for this critical divisional clash. Last season, the NFC South winner, Carolina, won the division with a lackluster 7-8-1 record, so these games against division opponents within this particular group all have significant meaning. The same will apply to this Week 4 tilt. With this game representing an opportunity to remain at the top of the entire National Football League, while coming against a very beatable opponent, Panthers fans might be tempted to get to the game, even from a distance away. Luckily, Hipmunk.com makes all of it possible, as they sport affordable Tampa airfare from most major airline carriers. Furthermore, they have cheap Tampa hotel listings for out-of-town fans seeking to stay a few days, with rooms starting from $63 per night. Only a few games into the new campaign, the Panthers have done a great job silencing all of their critics, as they’ve exhibited fantastic balance on both sides of the ball, en route to their perfect start. Dual-threat quarterback Cam Newton has put the team on his shoulders and has been largely fantastic despite really only having tight end Greg Olsen to work with in the passing game, although veteran Ted Ginn Jr. is starting to step up as well. Newton has been extra busy on the ground as well, as he’s had to pick up some slack with running back Jonathan Stewart slumping a bit in the beginning of 2015. In the past two seasons, which both resulted in division titles for the Panthers, Carolina hasn’t lost to Tampa Bay, having swept the season series in each year. However, one could easily argue that this is a much different Buccaneers team compared to recent years, now having their quarterback of the future, to go along with other useful pieces that makes this offense tick. Even so, with how good the Panthers have looked in the early-going, it looks this is their game for the taking, as Winston and Newton do battle for the very first time.