The 2013 New England Patriots overachieved this season, but they couldn’t overcome a powerful Denver Broncos squad in the AFC Championship Game.
The New England Patriots still have some injury concerns, but a first-round playoff bye is allowing the team to do some healing.
The Buccaneers have a new coach and an incumbent quarterback, Josh Freeman, coming off a bad season. The open 2012 against reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year, QB Cam Newton and the rising Carolina Panthers at home in what could be a high scoring game. Head coach Greg Schiano and Freeman have a tough task if they are to start the year with a win.
The Panthers and Buccaneers each have top players banged up, but it’s Tampa Bay thats feeling the pain, especially at cornerback. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton had a record setting rookie campaign passing the ball, and could have a field day to start his second year against a secondary with little depth.