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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers: What they're saying

The poll

Who is to blame for the Bucs' disappointing season so far?

GM Mark Dominik: 4 percent

Total: 694 votes

By the numbers

9-13 Bucs' record against the Panthers.

30 Combined touchdowns for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (17 passing, 13 rushing), an NFL rookie record.

18 Passing yards Newton needs to break Peyton Manning's rookie record of 3,722 set in 1998.

5 Catches Carolina's Steve Smith needs to break Muhsin Muhammad's franchise record of 696.

3 Consecutive games in which Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman has failed to throw for at least 200 yards.

141.1 Rushing yards allowed per game by the Bucs, 30th in the NFL.

What they're saying

With Josh Freeman back at quarterback after missing Tampa Bay's first game against the Panthers, coach Ron Rivera said it's likely to alter the Bucs' play-calling. With Freeman, who was replaced by Josh Johnson in the Panthers' 38-19 win three weeks ago, the Bucs are more likely to throw more deep passes, particularly if the Panthers' secondary is missing strong safety Charles Godfrey and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn.

Roy Green Jr. Charlotte Observer

Tampa Bay's LeGarrette Blount has gained 55 percent of his yards after contact. Blount has gained 417 yards (No. 20 in the NFL) after the first hit and averages 2.4 yards after contact.

Pat Yasinskas

The picks

“You know what I love about Cam?" owner Jerry Richardson of the Panthers told me the other day about Cam Newton. "He hates to lose. He really hates to lose. That's something I really like to see in our team leaders." It has taken Newton about five months to become one of the main ones on this team. Panthers, 34-13

Peter King Sports Illustrated

The Bucs looked lifeless against the Cowboys last week while the Panthers showed some fight in beating Houston. Carolina's offense is the best unit of the four on the field, and that will play out here. Tampa Bay has packed for the offseason. Carolina big. Panthers, 33-20

Pete Prisco

The Buccaneers have already lost as many games as they won in 2010, not surprising given the way Raheem Morris built his roster. Speaking of surprises, the Panthers did that to Houston last week. Panthers, 30-17

Gerry Dulac Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bucs at Panthers

1 p.m., Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 103.5 FM

Line/over-under: Panthers by 7½; 47½

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16 Week 17

Lions 27, Bucs 20


at Vikings

Bucs 24, Vikings 20



Bucs 16, Falcons 13



Bucs 24, Colts 17


at 49ers

49ers 48, Bucs 3



Bucs 26, Saints 20



Bears 24, Bucs 18


at Saints

Saints 27, Bucs 16



Texans 37, Bucs 9


at Packers

Packers 35, Bucs 26


at Titans

Titans 23, Bucs 17



Panthers 38, Bucs 19


at Jaguars

Jaguars 41, Bucs 14



Cowboys 31, Bucs 15


at Panthers

1 p.m. today Ch. 13

at Falcons

1 p.m. Jan. 1, Ch. 13

Coach Raheem Morris: 36 percent

The Glazers: 33 percent

The players: 27 percent

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers: What they're saying 12/23/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 31, 2011 1:56pm]
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