I try to approach each season much less each game with as much optimism as I can. God knows that is what has kept us upright in WHO DAT NATION for so long. But the Achilles Heel of any team can be the dreaded away game.
A hostile environment, adverse weather the team isn’t used to, and a travel weary team spell disaster on the road. We will be facing some tough opponents this upcoming season.
After some surprising defeats at the hands of what I thought would be “candy from a baby” teams, my radar has gone up especially for some away games.
Let me just go ahead and get this out of the way. We of course have some quality opponents in our division one of those being the Atlanta Falcons. Looooord, that really stung to say that! But reality is reality and they are a tough team to face for sure on their turf.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming out of the shadow’s and emerging as a tough opponent as well. They are quickly catching lightning in a bottle and making their mark.
I actually thought the way our luck was going last season, that they might edge us out of the playoffs. Although we’ve beaten them at home the last few years, they can be a shot to the gut.
The Carolina Panthers don’t worry me right at this moment for the fact that they are still under construction. New coach, new players, impending roster shake ups, etc. I do believe that down the road they will be a team on the rise, just not right now even at home.
There are three teams on our away game schedule that I’m a little concerned over. One team is well known, one is an upcoming force like the Buccaneers, and the last team will be the shocker.