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Author: Jon Kuzma
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This week’s Thursday Night Football match-up included the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers. It was a sloppy contest that actually had to be delayed at one point because of a storm. Once play resumed it was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who emerged victorious 20-14 and the star of the night was Chris Godwin.
When we think about the Buccaneers passing attack usually Mike Evans is the guy that’s lighting it up but Godwin has been the team’s number one receiver through the first two games. Godwin had 121 yards and 1 touchdown against an improved Panthers defense and was the main reason Tampa Bay was able to pull out the win. Peyton Barber did add 82 yards and 1 touchdown along with Godwin’s effort but outside of that there wasn’t much happening. From an in game strategy standpoint Godwin was able to succeed because of two things the Bucs did. First they lined him up all over the field both outside as an x or z receiver and in the slot. This helped Godwin get some favorable match-ups against weaker defensive backs. The other thing Bruce Arians did was let Godwin play to his strengths and that meant using the post route often. Jameis Winston made sure to use the middle of the field and let Godwin find the holes in the defense. Against Carolina that was enough to get it done and if everything goes according to plan Chris Godwin should wind up in the Pro Bowl this year.
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It’s clear Chris Godwin is good enough to be a number one receiver in the National Football League.