The Bucs try to end a three-game losing streak at home today against Carolina. Sweeping the Panthers was a big part of the Bucs' division success last year. Can they get takeaways as well as they did last year? Can their pass defense hold up without key personnel? Here are five things to watch during the game:Get 7 points from No. 3, not 3 from No. 7That means score touchdowns in the red zone with Jameis Winston, rather than field goals with Pat Murray. Amazingly, the Bucs swept the Panthers last year despite getting only one touchdown from seven red-zone trips.Coach Dirk Koetter proudly shared that the Bucs are No. 9 in red-zone offense. Technically, they're one of five teams tied for ninth, but 57 percent is a fine success rate, the Bucs' best since 2012. Mike Evans and Cameron Brate each have three TDs in the red zone, and to help things, Carolina's defense ranks 28th in the red zone, giving up touchdowns 64 percent of the time.Given the injuries on defense, 17 points likely won't win this game like it did in both wins against Carolina last year. That requires offensive efficiency and making the most of scoring opportunities.Minimize losses at cornerbackWith Brent Grimes (right, top) and Robert McClain (right, bottom) sidelined, the Bucs are extremely shorthanded in a pass defense already ranked 31st in yards allowed. Ryan Smith must be improved from what he showed against Minnesota, and Javien Elliott needs to play like he did at the end of 2016.Getting to Cam Newton is all the more important. Carolina has given up 22 sacks, more than twice what the Bucs have allowed. Center Ryan Kalil remains out with a neck injury, so Tampa Bay must try to exploit his replacement, Tyler Larsen. Four of the Bucs' seven sacks have come from tackles Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald, so attacking from the interior isn't a bad idea anyway, so long as the ends can keep Newton from scrambling outside the pocket.Improve on third downThe Bucs offense isn't bad on third downs, ranking 12th with a 41 percent success rate. But Winston (right, top) has only one third-down touchdown pass in 48 attempts all season; by comparison, Ryan Fitzpatrick has two in nine attempts. But Winston also has zero interceptions on third downs — impressive, considering Newton (right, bottom) has two TDs and eight INTs on third downs. So the Bucs have limited Winston's mistakes on a pivotal down, but they're not hitting the jackpot, either. Carolina's defense has zero third-down interceptions this season, so perhaps the Bucs can roll the dice a little more, knowing they may need more points to win due to their cornerback injuries.Keep Winston uprightThe Bucs offensive line has allowed 10 sacks this season; only three teams have given up fewer. But Carolina's defense is tied for second in the NFL with 24 sacks. The ageless Julius Peppers has 61/2, and end Mario Addison and tackle Kawann Short have four each.That reinforces the need to establish the run from the start. If Winston's throwing the ball 40 times, Carolina's defense is on pace to sack him five.Keep penalties downFlags should not be flying much in this game. The Bucs average the third-fewest penalty yards in the league at 44 per game, but Carolina is the league's best with 36. Both teams have made major improvements in reducing penalties.Even one penalty can be huge, however. Only one NFL player has more nullified yards from penalties than Bucs tackle Donovan Smith, who has negated 64 yards on his three flags, most notably a 53-yard pass to DeSean Jackson last week. The yards assessed by a penalty sometimes tell only half the story.