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CAROLINA (3 - 3) at TAMPA BAY (0 - 6)
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Week 8 Thursday, 10/24/2013 8:25 PM
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104TAMPA BAY38.540
CAROLINA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-3-0.83-33-323.211.3325.8(5.3)1.513.82.8302.2(5.3)2.3
Road Games1-2-1.91-22-121.39.0342.7(5.3)1.718.73.0325.3(5.3)2.3
Last 3 Games2-1+0.72-12-123.712.3334.0(5.6)1.315.73.7285.7(5.1)2.7
Grass Games2-1+1.12-11-225.013.7309.0(5.3)
CAROLINA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)23.211.322.033:3133-128(3.9)18-2863.5%197(7)62-326(5.3)(14.1)
Opponents Defensive Avg.25.413.421.432:0628-108(3.8)23-3861.2%248(6.6)66-357(5.4)(14.1)
Offense Road Games21.39.022.733:4430-117(3.9)21-3460.2%226(6.6)65-343(5.3)(16.1)
Defense (All Games)13.82.817.226:2923-84(3.7)23-3468.3%218(6.4)57-302(5.3)(21.8)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.910.218.828:2326-102(3.9)21-3658.5%224(6.3)62-326(5.3)(14.9)
Defense Road Games18.73.020.026:1625-105(4.2)26-3770.3%221(6)62-325(5.3)(17.4)
CAROLINA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-537.2%1-020.0%1-19(23)2-19(10.3)6-60
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.30.92.2 14-534.5%1-042.6%2-50(23.6)18-2(8.2)6-58
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-540.0%1-050.0%0-6(18)1-13(13)5-47

TAMPA BAY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games0-6-7.11-52-414.510.2297.8(4.7)1.722.012.8340.8(5.5)1.7
Home Games0-3-3.41-21-214.711.3292.3(4.5)
Last 3 Games0-3-3.40-32-117.712.3313.7(4.5)1.725.012.7337.3(6.1)1.7
Grass Games0-3-3.41-21-214.711.3292.3(4.5)
Division Games0-2-21-11-118.58.5305.0(4.8)1.523.517.0331.0(6)1.5
TAMPA BAY - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)14.510.217.731:1727-101(3.8)20-3753.1%197(5.3)64-298(4.7)(20.5)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.61120.230:2926-103(4)23-3860.7%251(6.6)64-354(5.6)(15.6)
Offense Home Games14.711.317.731:4528-111(3.9)20-3654.6%181(5)64-292(4.5)(19.9)
Defense (All Games)22.012.819.528:4325-89(3.5)23-3663.9%252(7)61-341(5.5)(15.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.712.220.630:5926-106(4)23-3861.2%259(6.9)64-365(5.7)(16.1)
Defense Home Games20.08.019.728:1524-90(3.7)23-3860.0%274(7.2)63-364(5.8)(18.2)
TAMPA BAY - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-536.2%0-033.3%1-22(22)1-10(7.5)6-59
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.30.61.9 14-538.6%1-032.9%2-36(21.7)18-2(8.5)6-52
Stats Against (Home Games) 13-434.2%0-00.0%1-23(22.7)1-7(5.5)6-52
Average power rating of opponents played: CAROLINA 19.2,  TAMPA BAY 20.2
CAROLINA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/15/2013@ BUFFALO23-24L-3.5L43.5O32-12521-38-183133-14927-39-2872
9/22/2013NY GIANTS38-0W2W47U46-19415-27-208216-6014-27-903
10/6/2013@ ARIZONA6-22L-3L41U20-9521-39-258428-9019-28-1603
10/13/2013@ MINNESOTA35-10W2.5W44.5O39-13120-26-236013-7532-44-2152
10/20/2013ST LOUIS30-15W-7W42O38-10215-17-180021-6323-34-2543
10/24/2013@ TAMPA BAY            
11/10/2013@ SAN FRANCISCO            
11/18/2013NEW ENGLAND            

TAMPA BAY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2013@ NY JETS17-18L-4L39.5U25-6515-31-185229-9024-39-2142
9/15/2013NEW ORLEANS14-16L3W48.5U33-1609-22-113220-7526-46-2962
9/22/2013@ NEW ENGLAND3-23L7L44.5U22-9719-41-226133-15625-36-2021
10/20/2013@ ATLANTA23-31L6.5L43.5O28-11126-44-226118-1820-26-2731
11/3/2013@ SEATTLE            
CAROLINA: New offensive coordinator Mike Shula was promoted from QB coach, so there won't be many offensive changes. Carolina uses a zone-blocking scheme in a number of looks, from spread to wishbone. Jonathan Stewart figures to lead the RB committee in carries, with DeAngelo Williams in a No. 2 role and Mike Tolbert splitting time at halfback and fullback. They use a lot of zone read options with Cam Newton, who could very well lead the team in rushing again as Shula is committed to letting his star pupil make plays. This is a vertical passing game that works off the threat of the run. Shula will continue to make it a point to feed Steve Smith any time he's in single coverage. Smith still does most of his work downfield. Flex TE Greg Olsen serves as essentially a No. 2 receiver, working up the seam most of the time but also coming back on some checkdowns in the middle of the field. They started to work in Brandon LaFell last year as a catch-and-run guy, and he figures to kick inside when they increasingly go three-wide with field-stretcher Domenik Hixon outside. The red zone will continue to be where Newton takes over. He had nearly half the team's rushing attempts inside the 10 last year, and he and Tolbert essentially split goal line chances. When they throw, Olsen figures to be the No. 1 target. This defense will need another year or two before becoming an above-average unit. LB Luke Kuechly led the NFL with 164 tackles as a rookie, and the Panthers drafted two large DTs in Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short who will be great down the road. But although no Carolina player had more than two interceptions in 2012, the team did nothing to bolster its secondary. The best cover men are underwhelming CBs Josh Norman and Josh Taylor, and top SS Haruki Nakamura has no business being a starter in the NFL.
TAMPA BAY: Because the team was involved in so many back-and-forth, comeback affairs, Tampa was more pass-happy than head coach Greg Schiano would have liked. That should change this year, as they'll rely heavily on Doug Martin as the centerpiece of the offense. They'll continue to use a lot of zone blocking in front of Martin, and Erik Lorig will be on the field often as a lead blocker. They added ex-Bengal hybrid back Brian Leonard, one of Schiano's best players at Rutgers. He figures to take some passing down reps from Martin, but he won't get many carries. Rookie Mike James won't be used much either. The Bucs brass is reportedly a little sour on Josh Freeman, and they may opt to take the ball out of his hands more. Most of what they'll do will be based off play-action and aimed at getting the big play. Vincent Jackson will continue to see a ton of passes thrown his way on the outside, with Mike Williams settled in as a complementary player. Martin will see more work in the passing game, both as a safety valve and on screens. The Bucs don't have a big role for the tight ends in this offense, but they don't have much talent at that position anyway. Tampa Bay would also like to get more run-heavy in the red zone, where Martin now takes pretty much all reps. The Bucs boasted the NFL's No. 1 run defense (82.5 rush YPG allowed), but only because teams torched them through the air for a league-worst 297 passing YPG. Shutdown CB Darrelle Revis and hard-hitting FS Dashon Goldson will help fix the broken secondary, but the pass rush (26 sacks, T-3rd-worst in NFL) is still pretty weak, even if DE Adrian Clayborn returns 100 percent from last year's torn ACL. But there's nothing weak about non-stop WLB Lavonte David who recorded 20 TFL (3rd in NFL) as a rookie last year.
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*Panthers-Buccaneers Preview* =============================


While the Carolina Panthers are trying to move above the .500 mark for the first time in five seasons, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers simply hope to a win a game.

The visiting Panthers look for a third consecutive victory while trying to keep the Buccaneers winless Thursday night.

Not since finishing 12-4 in 2008 - three seasons before Cam Newton became the face of the franchise - has Carolina (3-3) been above .500. After outscoring Minnesota and St. Louis 65-25 over the last two weeks and visiting a Tampa Bay (0-6) team off to its worst start since 2009, the Panthers appear to be in good shape to again rise above mediocrity.

"It would be a great boost of confidence to have a winning record," said defensive back Captain Munnerlyn, whose 45-yard interception return for a touchdown highlighted Sunday's 30-15 win over the Rams.

The Panthers have already made the most of a favorable three-game stretch that ends Thursday with the Buccaneers, who remain positive despite being in danger of going 0-7 for the second time in five years.

"You've got to go with the next task at hand," Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said.

"I want to be clear on this because I don't take lightly 0-6. I've never been 0-6. But we do our best. We're trying our hardest. Our guys are working ... and I have found when you have good people and they work hard and they work smart it'll turn. That's what I believe."

Carolina also believes the Bucs' struggles don't justify any reason to take them for granted, especially with games against Atlanta, San Francisco, New England and Miami to follow.

"In this league anything is possible and we know what Tampa Bay is capable of," linebacker Thomas Davis said. "If you look at their games this year they've pretty much been in all of those games. It just came down to executing in the fourth quarter and they could have a much different record. We know that."

With rookie quarterback Mike Glennon starting his fourth straight game and star running back Doug Martin likely out with a shoulder injury, Tampa Bay certainly faces a difficult challenge on a short week.

Martin, whose 3.6 average yards per carry is a yard fewer than he recorded while rushing for 1,454 as a rookie in 2012, was injured during Sunday's 31-23 loss to Atlanta. Schiano said it "probably will be a stretch" for Martin to play Thursday, but has not gone into detail of the severity of the injury despite reports that the second-year back suffered a torn labrum.

"I'm not going to get into specifics of exactly what his issue is," he said. "If it was season-ending I'd let you know. But I don't feel that it is right now. ... We're just going to play it by ear and go from there."

Rookie backup Mike James, who rushed for 45 yards on 14 carries Sunday, is expected to start against a Carolina defense that's fourth in the NFL giving up 84.5 yards per game on the ground.

The Panthers are fifth allowing 217.7 passing yards per contest, which also doesn't bode well for a Tampa Bay offense entering this game 31st in both total yards (297.8 per game) and scoring (14.5 points per game).

"(The Panthers are) definitely really talented. They're one of top defensive teams in the league statistically with how they're playing," said Glennon, the North Carolina State product who threw two TDs and no interceptions against the Falcons, but has attempted at least 43 passes in each of this three starts.

Glennon has targeted Vincent Jackson a whopping 36 times in the last two weeks, with the veteran receiver catching 19 balls for 252 yards and two touchdowns. Jackson had 10 receptions for 138 with no scores in the three games prior to that stretch.

He had six catches for 94 yards and a TD during Tampa Bay's 27-21 overtime win at Carolina on Nov. 18 to sweep the 2012 season series.

Newton has completed 63.0 percent of his passes and thrown six TDs with two interceptions while rushing for 163 yards and four scores to split his four career games against the Bucs. He threw for 555 of his 930 career yards versus Tampa Bay last season, but both picks came during a 16-10 season-opening road loss.

After going 21 of 39 with three INTs and no TDs during a 22-6 loss at Arizona on Oct. 6, Newton has gone 35 of 43 for 446 yards with four touchdowns, no picks and a rushing score over the last two weeks.

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