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Buccaneers giving away free tickets for Panthers game

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been among the worst teams in the NFL after a surprising 2-0 start to the season. Despite winning last week against the equally hapless San Francisco 49ers, Dirk Koetter’s squad has come out on top just twice in its past nine games.

The issue here has been a lack of any real competitiveness, as the Bucs have yielded an average of 31 points per game this season.

After seeing last week’s game draw the lowest attendance to Raymond James Stadium since all the way back in 2010, the Bucs are doing something to remedy this. In fact, they’re giving away free tickets for Sunday’s game against the division-rival Carolina Panthers.

Those are some drastic measures right there. Obviously, seeing a stadium half-empty is not good optics for a team. But the idea of handing out free tickets is foreign in today’s NFL.

The good news? Sunday’s game comes against a quarterback in Cam Newton who remains one of the hottest tickets in the NFL. Maybe that will lead to an uptick in attendance. Then again, it’s free. Who wouldn’t want that deal?