The Associated Press


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OPENING LINE — Buccaneers by 2

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Tampa Bay 6-2-1; Carolina 4-5

SERIES RECORD — Panthers lead 14-10

AP PRO32 RANKING — Buccaneers No. 13; Panthers No. 28

LAST MEETING — Buccaneers beat Panthers 16-10, Sept. 9

LAST WEEK — Buccaneers beat Chargers 34-12: Panthers lost to Broncos 36-14





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Bucs have scored 28 or more points in team-record five straight games. … QB Josh Freeman has 13 TDs and one interception in past five games. He’s looking for 100-plus QB rating for sixth straight game. … Freeman 3-1 in past four meetings with Carolina, with six TD passes on one INT. … Rookie RB Dough Martin has 858 total yards from scrimmage in past five games, most by rookie in five-game span since Edgerrin James in 1999. … Martin ranks second in NFL with 1,158 total yards from scrimmage. … WR Vincent Jackson has five TD receptions in last six games and averaging 18.5 yards per catch during span. … WR Mike Williams has at least 100 yards receiving or a TD in six of nine games this season. … CB Leonard Johnson has INT in three consecutive games, including 83-yard touchdown return last week vs. Chargers. … DB Ronde Barber has sack and interception in Tampa Bay’s 16-10 win over Carolina in season opener. … The Panthers were held to 10 yards rushing in Week 1 by the Bucs. … Cam Newton struggled in the season opener against Tampa Bay, but has a combined nine TDs — five passing, four rushing — in three games against his NFC South foe. … RB DeAngelo Williams has four games vs. Tampa Bay with two or more touchdowns runs. … WR Steve Smith had seven 100-yard receiving games against the Bucs. … TE Greg Olsen is coming off his best statistical game as a pro with 102 yards receiving and two scores in a loss to Denver. It was Olsen’s first career 100-yard receiving game. … WR Brandon LaFell had career-long 91-yard TD reception in last meeting at home against Bucs. … DE Charles Johnson has five sacks and DE Greg Hardy 4 1/2 sacks in past three games. … Rookie LB Luke Kuechly leads team with 88 tackles. … DT Dwan Edwards had two sacks in last meeting vs. Tampa Bay.


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