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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers: Lineups and analysis

Probable starters


WR: Mike Williams 19

LT: Donald Penn 70

LG: Jeremy Zuttah 76

C: Jeff Faine 52

RG: Davin Joseph 75

RT: Jeremy Trueblood 65

TE: Kellen Winslow 82

WR: Arrelious Benn 17

QB: Josh Freeman 5

RB: LeGarrette Blount 27

FB: Erik Lorig 44


DE: Da'Quan Bowers 91

DT: Albert Haynesworth 95

DT: Brian Price 92

DE: Adrian Clayborn 94

LB: Quincy Black 58

LB: Mason Foster 59

LB: Geno Hayes 54

CB: Aqib Talib 25

CB: Ronde Barber 20

SS: Sean Jones 26

FS: Tanard Jackson 36

Special Teams

P: Michael Koenen 9

PK: Connor Barth 10

KO: Michael Koenen 9

PR/KR: Preston Parker 87

panthers offense

WR: Steve Smith 89

LT: 69 Jordan Gross 69

LG: 70 T.Wharton

C: Ryan Kalil 67

RG: Geoff Hangartner 63

RT: Byron Bell 77

TE: Jeremy Shockey 80

WR: Brandon LaFell 11

QB: Cam Newton 1

RB: DeAngelo Williams 34

RB: Jonathan Stewart 28

Panthers defense

DE: Greg Hardy 76

DT: Terrell McClain 97

DT: Sione Fua 94

DE: Charles Johnson 95

LB: James Anderson 50

LB: Dan Connor 55

LB: Jordan Senn 57

CB: Chris Gamble 20

CB: Captain Munnerlyn 41

SS: Charles Godfrey 30

FS: Sherrod Martin 23

Special teams

P: Jason Baker 7

PK/KO: Olindo Mare 10

KR: Kealoha Pilares 81

PR: Armanti Edwards 14

Injury report

Bucs Out: DE Michael Bennett (groin). Questionable: QB Josh Freeman (right shoulder), DT Brian Price (ankle). Probable: DE Adrian Clayborn (back), DT Albert Haynesworth (knee), LB Adam Hayward (foot), S Tanard Jackson (hamstring), LB Dekoda Watson (groin).

Panthers Out: LB Jason Phillips (calf). Questionable: LB Omar Gaither (knee), WR Kealoha Pilares (quadriceps).

Stat pack

1 p.m., Raymond James Stadium, Tampa | Radio: 620-AM, 103.5-FM | Line, O/U: Bucs by 2 1/2, 47

This is a tough game to size up given the uncertainty surrounding the status of Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman. But even if Freeman is out, the Bucs offense still should be functional with LeGarrette Blount facing the Panthers' 28th-ranked run defense.

Panthers' best offensive player

For all of quarterback Cam Newton's talent, he'd have a lot less success if not for Steve Smith, right, the NFC's leading receiver. Smith has been reborn this season by playing with a big-armed quarterback for the first time.

Panthers' best defensive player

With star linebacker Jon Beason on injured reserve, end Charles Johnson, left, has set the tone. He leads the Panthers with 71/2 sacks.

What the Panthers do best

They move the ball with balance. Whereas early in the season, Cam Newton was throwing for stratospheric numbers, Carolina since has played with great run-pass balance.

You can beat the Panthers if …

You force Cam Newton into mistakes. He remains a rookie quarterback, and his inexperience can be exploited. Newton has thrown five interceptions and one touchdown over his past three games.

The Bucs must avoid …

Mistakes that continue to lead to defeats. Last week at Tennessee, it was — as usual — turnovers and penalties. More of those will even the playing field for Carolina.

Prediction Bucs 23, Panthers 21

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers: Lineups and analysis 12/03/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 3, 2011 6:40pm]
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