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BUCS POLL

Which play was biggest in the Bucs' 34-24 victory over the Chargers?

Leonard Johnson's 83-yard interception return TD: 76 percent

Adam Hayward's 29-yard blocked punt return TD: 16 percent

LeQuan Lewis' interception: 3 percent

Dallas Clark's 3-yard TD catch: 2 percent

Vincent Jackson's 31-yard catch: 1 percent

Tiquan Underwood's 15-yard TD catch: 1 percent

Other: 1 percent

Total: 808 votes

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Inside the numbers

10-14 Record for Bucs against the Panthers.

354 Rushing yards by QB Cam Newton this season, most among the Panthers.

69 Touchdown passes for Josh Freeman, one behind Trent Dilfer for third in Bucs history.

138 Rushing yards needed by Doug Martin to become the 11th player in Bucs history to reach 1,000 in a season.

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What they're saying

The Panthers and Gen. Petraeus have something in common. They're both wondering how they let themselves get into this mess. Tampa Bay's visit completes a small circle in this season. It was 10 weeks ago that the Panthers went to Tampa, and, perhaps, it was an omen that game day dawned with heavy rain and thunder. It only got worse for the Panthers.

Roy Green Jr. Charlotte Observer

The Bucs have scored 28 or more points in a team-record five straight games. It is no coincidence that QB Josh Freeman hasn't thrown a pick in the last four.

Brian Billick Fox Sports

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The picks

Interesting chat last week with Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik about the Bucs offense, which is Chargers-of-the-'80s right now. He said when Greg Schiano interviewed Giants aide Mike Sullivan to be offensive coordinator, he stressed that he didn't want the Tom Coughlin offense or the Kevin Gilbride offense or the Eli Manning offense - he wanted the Mike Sullivan offense. And here it is, in all its splendor. Sullivan, I believe, will do today what he has done in the last five weeks (since Oct. 1, the Bucs average 35.6 points a game, mighty New England 33.0), which is bang at the Carolina front with Doug Martin, troll the middle with Mike Williams and Dallas Clark, and threaten deep with Vincent Jackson and Tiquan Underwood. Bucs, 30-27.

Peter King

Sports Illustrated

Something says Cam Newton bounces back from a bad game against the Broncos. Panthers, 33-31.

Pete Prisco

CBSSports.com

The Panthers have played seven close games this year and only have been blown out twice (to each of the Manning brothers). I foresee another close game Sunday - I am only 4-5 on Panther predictions this season after getting the Denver game right last week. Bucs, 26-22.

Scott Fowler

Charlotte Observer

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