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Panthers-Buccaneers Capsule
By: Staff  Writer - AP
Published: 10/23/2013  at  11:59:53 AM
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CAROLINA (3-3) at TAMPA BAY (0-6)

Thursday, 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network

OPENING LINE - Panthers by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Carolina 3-3, Tampa Bay 1-5

SERIES RECORD - Panthers lead 14-11

LAST MEETING - Buccaneers won 27-21 OT, Nov. 18, 2012

LAST WEEK - Panthers beat Rams 30-15; Buccaneers lost to Falcons 31-23

AP PRO32 RANKING - Panthers No. 16, Buccaneers No. 31

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (7), PASS (28)

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (4), PASS (5)

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (20), PASS (29)

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (5), PASS (18)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Heated NFC South rivalry. Teams alternated sweeping season series past four years. Bucs won both meetings last year after Panthers swept by combined 86-35 in 2011. ... Panthers 7-5 all-time at Tampa Bay. ... Carolina's Cam Newton has 105 QB rating in four career starts vs. Tampa Bay, while also rushing for 163 yards and four TDs and scoring on a pass reception. ... In past two games vs. Vikings and Rams, Newton completed 81.4 percent of passes with four TDs, no interceptions. ... Panthers have run ball effectively, making Newton even more dangerous passer. ... WR Steve Smith has reception in 97 consecutive games and became 29th player in NFL history with 800 career receptions last week. ... WR Brandon LaFell has been especially productive against Tampa Bay, averaging 47.3 yards on three TD receptions in past three games. ... Rookie QB Mike Glennon makes fourth start for Bucs. Attempted league-record 130 passes over first three starts. His 76 completions also most through three games. ... Tampa Bay WR Vincent Jackson has 19 receptions for 252 yards, four TDs past two weeks. ... Bucs leading rusher Doug Martin (454 yards) unlikely to play after injuring left shoulder last week. Rookie Mike James (57 yards, 17 carries) figures to make first start in his absence. ... Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis has faced Carolina once, returning one of his two interceptions 67 yards for TD for New York Jets in 2009. When Revis has interception, his teams are 16-3 (including playoffs).

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