NFL Preview Capsule: Buccaneers at Panthers
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TAMPA BAY (4-1) At CAROLINA (5-9)
Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox
OPENING LINE — Panthers by 7
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Tampa Bay 4-10; Carolina 8-5-1
SERIES RECORD — Panthers lead 13-9
LAST MEETING — Panthers beat Bucs 38-19
LAST WEEK — Bucs lost to Cowboys, 31-15; Panthers beat Texans 28-13
BUCS OFFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (27), PASS (18)
BUCS DEFENSE — OVERALL (30), RUSH (25), PASS (26)
PANTHERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (5), PASS (10)
PANTHERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (25), PASS (18)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Bucs have lost eight straight games. … Bucs have scored 20 or more points in one of past eight games. … .. QB Josh Freeman has eclipsed 3,000 yards passing for second straight year, but has more interceptions (18) than touchdown passes (15). … Freeman didn’t play in last meeting with Carolina. He has won past two starts against Carolina with 419 yards passing, four touchdowns and no interceptions. … Bucs WR Mike Williams had 93 yards receiving in last meeting with Carolina. … RB LaGarrette Blount was held to 19 yards rushing in the last meeting with Carolina. … TE Kellen Winslow has caught a pass in 90 straight games. … Ronde Barber has started 197 consecutive games, most by cornerback in NFL history. … DE Adrian Clayborn tied for second among NFC rookies with 7 1/2 sacks. .. Panthers QB Cam Newton has 30 touchdowns (17 passing, 13 rushing), the most by rookie in NFL history. … Newton needs 18 yards passing to break Peyton Manning’s rookie passing record. Newton has 3,722 yards passing. … In his last meeting with Bucs, Newton became first quarterback in NFL history to rush for three touchdowns, throw a touchdown pass and catch a pass. … RB DeAngelo Williams has four rushing touchdowns in past four games. … WR Steve Smith is second in NFC with 1,299 yards receiving and needs 101 to reach 1,400 yards receiving for third time in career. … Panthers TE Richie Brockel scored first career touchdown last week on trick play. Brockel was on U.S. national team that won gold medal at IFAF World Championship. … LB Jordan Senn had 14 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble last week against the Texans.
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