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
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
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
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