Sunday, February 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs-Panthers: Numbers, what they're saying

Bucs vs. Panthers

8:25 tonight, Raymond James Stadium

TV/radio: NFL; Ch. 32; 620-AM, 103.5-FM, 95.3-FM

Line/over-under: Panthers by 6; 40½

Bucs poll

Which NFL team is the worst this season?

Jaguars (0-7): 68 percent

Bucs (0-6): 28 percent

Vikings (1-5): 2 percent

Giants (1-6): 1 percent

Other: 1 percent

Total: 142 votes

Inside the numbers

11-14 Bucs' record against the Panthers

5 Seasons since Carolina (currently 3-3) has been over .500

35 Completions out of 43 attempts by the Panthers' Cam Newton over the past two games

555 Passing yards for Newton in two games against the Bucs last season

105 Quarterback rating for Newton in four starts against the Bucs.

36 Times the Bucs' Vincent Jackson has been thrown to by Mike Glennon over the past two games

19 Catches for Jackson over the past two games; for 252 yards and four touchdowns

What they're saying

The Panthers continue their tour of the NFL's worst teams (including the Giants, Cardinals, Vikings and Rams) — a fortuitous bit of scheduling that could only be luckier if the Panthers next played Jacksonville. They get Tampa Bay twice, starting tonight with rookie quarterback Mike Glennon. So this should be easy, right? The Buccaneers are 0-6. Carolina is 3-3 but has won three of its last four and has one of the NFL's top defenses. Well, no. I don't think it will be that easy. The Bucs are going to beat somebody this season. The Panthers just can't let it be them.

Scott Fowler Charlotte Observer

It's not hard to envision trouble on the horizon. Bucs QB Mike Glennon is not noted for his mobility, and his offensive line hasn't been playing very well. Throw in the fact that Carolina has two good defensive ends in Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson, and Glennon could be in for a long night.

Pat Yasinskas ESPN

The picks

Could this be the end for Greg Schiano if the Bucs lose at home? Tampa Bay is struggling on offense, can't play the pass on defense that well and Carolina has gotten it going the past two weeks. I think Cam Newton has a good game here, but for some reason I think the Bucs hang around — and not because they like their coach. Panthers, 20-17.

Pete Prisco CBS Sports

The effort of Tampa Bay's players has begun to come under scrutiny as the team returns from its sixth consecutive loss under beleaguered coach Greg Schiano and 11th defeat over the past 12 games dating back to last season. Panthers, 23-17.

Evan Silva Rotoworld

With a two-game winning streak and suddenly effective units on both sides of the ball, the Carolina Panthers are oozing confidence. Facing winless Tampa Bay should do nothing to erase that self-assurance. Panthers, 17-10.

Barry Wilner Associated Press

Week 1 Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 6Week 7Week 8Week 9Week 10Week 11Week 12Week 13Week 14Week 15Week 16Week 17

Jets 18, Bucs 17

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Saints 16, Bucs 14

0-2

Patriots 23, Bucs 3

0-3

Cards 13, Bucs 10

0-4

Eagles 31, Bucs 20

0-5

Falcons 31, Bucs 23

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Panthers

8:25 tonight NFL, Ch. 32

Seahawks

4 Nov. 3 Ch. 13

Dolphins

8:40 Nov. 11 ESPN

Falcons

1 Nov. 17 Ch. 13

Lions

1 Nov. 24 Ch. 13

Panthers

1 Dec. 1 Ch. 13

Bills

1 Dec. 8 Ch. 10

49ers

1 Dec. 15 Ch. 13

Rams

1 Dec. 22 Ch. 13

Saints

1 Dec. 29 Ch. 13

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