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Tampa Bay’s travel nightmare ahead of Panthers game tomorrow: Fade the Bucs?

Trying to bounce back from a 38-3 beating by the Saints last week looks like it’s going to get a bit tougher

Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers jogs off the field after being defeated by the New Orleans Saints 38-3 at Raymond James Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Update 10:10 p.m.: It looks like the Bucs got in the air, and are expected to land at 11:31 p.m. in Charlotte.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might have a tougher road to hoe than expected tomorrow against the Carolina Panthers. It looks like the Bucs got stuck in a travel nightmare while leaving the city on the way to Charlotte tonight.

Having been in that building before... I mean it’s nice, but it’s nowhere you want to hang out for seven hours before a flight and a football game the next day. Not exactly comfortable. The only good thing is NFL teams do fly via private charter, so it’s not like when you’re in coach on Southwest and stuck on the tarmac for interminable hours where you can’t get up and move around.

The Bucs are a six-point favorite at Charlotte tomorrow, and as of 10 p.m. on Saturday night it appears the flight delay hasn’t affected the action according to bettors yet. While it opened at -7 this week, the number today has stayed pretty steady only fluctuating between -6 and -6.5.

It would be one thing if the Bucs were a bunch of spry young players that can push through everything, but their quarterback is 43-years-old and not exactly a spring chicken. But coming off a 38-3 blowout last week from the New Orleans Saints, they’ll likely be ready to jump on the field and show they’re still a contender in the NFC.

It just might be on a bit less sleep than expected.