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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers Preview and Predictions 09-12-2019


The Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers struggled to overcome deficits in their respective season openers, with the former failing to get much out of anyone other than Christian McCaffrey while the latter saw Jameis Winston throw three interceptions -- with two returned for touchdowns. The NFC South rivals aim to dent the win column at the other's expense on Thursday, when they meet in Charlotte, N.C.

"Obviously, Christian was really good. Outside of Christian, we have a lot of work to do," Panthers Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen told reporters of McCaffrey, who erupted for 209 scrimmage yards (128 rushing, 81 receiving) and two touchdowns in Carolina's 30-27 setback against the Los Angeles Rams. The 23-year-old eviscerated Tampa Bay last season to the tune of 318 scrimmage yards and three TDs (two rushing, one receiving). While McCaffrey's season-opening performance drew rave reviews, Winston's stint was roundly panned in the Buccaneers' 31-17 loss to San Francisco - although coach Bruce Arians wasn't interested in harping on the not-too-distant past. "Learn from what you did, get it corrected," Arians told reporters. "And you get it corrected, the wins will start happening."

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network. LINE: Panthers -7. O/U: 49.5

ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS (0-1): Promising wide receiver Chris Godwin reeled in Winston's lone scoring strike last week and looks to build off his last encounter with Carolina, in which the 25-year-old recorded 101 receiving yards and a touchdown. Star wideout Mike Evans made just two catches for 28 yards in the opener after amassing a career-high 1,524 receiving yards last season. The 26-year-old had his way with the opposition in 2018, although Carolina's 6-1, 212-pound cornerback James Bradberry held him to a season-low 16 yards in Week 9. While Evans struggled to get it in gear on Sunday, second-year back Ronald Jones gained for 75 yards on 13 carries as Tampa Bay averaged 4.7 yards per carry.



ABOUT THE PANTHERS (0-1): Questions were raised about how Cam Newton looked on Sunday, and we're not talking about his "unconventional" postgame attire. The 2015 NFL MVP attempted just one pass of more than 20 yards and wasn't a part of the running game in the read-option, with his rushing total being a career-worst minus-2. "I'm not going to get into no philosophical discussion about throwing the ball downfield because that's not what this game is about. I took what the defense gives me," Newton, who finished 25-of-38 for 239 yards against the Rams, told reporters. D.J. Moore overcame a backward pass that resulted in a fumble to reel in seven passes for 76 yards.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Carolina DT Gerald McCoy faces his former team for the first time after recording 54.5 sacks in nine seasons with Tampa Bay.

2. Buccaneers LB Lavonte David collected 20 tackles and 1.5 sacks against the Panthers in 2018.

3. Olsen expects to play on Thursday after tweaking his back in the season opener.

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Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Capacity: 73,778

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Last Injuries

Carolina Panthers

  • Shaq Thompson

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Thompson has an unspecified injury, and it is undetermined if he will face the Cardinals on Sunday.

  • Greg Little

    Concussion
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Little has been held out of the past two games due to a concussion, and it is unknown if he will be cleared from the concussion protocol in time for Sunday's clash against the Cardinals.

  • Cam Newton

    Foot
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Newton is battling a left foot injury, leaving his availability for Sunday's contest versus the Cardinals up in the air.

  • Kawann Short

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Short is nursing an undefined injury, and it has yet to be established if he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the 49ers.

  • Rashaan Gaulden

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Gaulden was held out of the previous game due to a groin injury, and it is uncertain if he will suit up Sunday against the Cardinals.

  • Bruce Irvin

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Irvin has sat out the last two games with a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will play against the Cardinals on Sunday.

  • Greg Olsen

    Back
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Olsen is nursing a sore back but is likely to face the Buccaneers on Thursday.

  • Trai Turner

    Groin
    Prob Sun | probable

    Turner is dealing with a groin injury, but it is likely that he will suit up against the Rams on Sunday.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Devin White

    Knee
    Doub Sun | doubtful

    White exited the previous game due to a grade one MCL sprain in his left knee and is not expected to face the Giants on Sunday.

  • Demone Harris

    Illness
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Harris has been absent from the lineup during the previous two games due to an illness, and it is unknown if he will be ready Sunday against the Giants.

  • Jamel Dean

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Dean departed the previous game due to a left ankle injury, and it is undetermined if he will suit up Sunday against the Giants.

  • Mike Edwards

    Leg
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Edwards was lifted from the last game due to a left leg injury, and it is uncertain if he will play against the Giants on Sunday.

  • Blaine Gabbert

    Shoulder
    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Gabbert has sat out the past two games with a dislocated left shoulder and is unlikely to be available for Sunday's contest against the Giants.

  • Justin Evans

    Achilles
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Evans has hit the injured reserve list with ongoing soreness in his Achilles tendon, and it is unclear when he will return.

  • Rakeem Nunez-Roches

    Hand
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Nunez-Roches left the last game due to a hand injury but is expected to face the Panthers on Thursday.

  • Devante Bond

    Hamstring
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Bond was held out of the last game with a hamstring injury. He is projected to be active Thursday against the Panthers.

carolina-panthers Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Cam Newton 2 2 70.997 44 89 50 1 6 43 0 572
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Christian McCaffrey 2 2 165 23 35 2
Curtis Samuel 2 2 2 2 1 0
Alex Armah 2 0 1 1 1 1
Cam Newton 2 2 -2 3 5 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
DJ Moore 2 2 165 18 16 24 0
Greg Olsen 2 2 146 41 10 18 0
Curtis Samuel 2 2 123 44 8 17 0
Christian McCaffrey 2 2 97 17 12 17 0
Jarius Wright 2 0 29 14 3 7 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Luke Kuechly 2 2 12 14 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Shaq Thompson 2 2 10 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Tre Boston 2 2 8 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Donte Jackson 2 2 7 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Eric Reid 2 2 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Joey Slye 2 0 6 7 54 3 3
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Chris Hogan 2 0 1 0 21 21
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Cam Newton 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
DJ Moore 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
Donte Jackson 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Joey Slye 2 0 21 0 0 0 0 0 0
Christian McCaffrey 2 2 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Alex Armah 2 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Michael Palardy 2 0 0 446 3 58 9 1 0
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY

tampa-bay-buccaneers Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Jameis Winston 2 2 69.160 41 61 36 3 6 39 2 402
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Peyton Barber 2 2 115 16 31 1
Ronald Jones II 2 1 84 16 17 0
Jameis Winston 2 2 22 9 9 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Chris Godwin 2 2 174 28 11 15 2
Mike Evans 2 2 89 41 6 13 0
Dare Ogunbowale 2 1 42 11 5 7 0
O.J. Howard 2 2 32 15 4 5 0
Peyton Barber 2 2 19 8 3 5 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Vernon Hargreaves 2 2 13 2 0 0 1 15 2 0 0 0
Jordan Whitehead 2 2 10 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Carlton Davis 2 2 9 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0
Lavonte David 2 2 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Shaquil Barrett 2 2 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 28 4
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Cairo Santos 3 0 3 4 53 8 8
Matt Gay 2 1 3 4 40 4 4
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Jameis Winston 2 2 2 0 0 0 1 0
Jesus Wilson 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
O.J. Howard 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
Carlton Davis 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
Ndamukong Suh 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Cairo Santos 3 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Gay 2 1 13 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Godwin 2 2 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Peyton Barber 2 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Vernon Hargreaves 2 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Jesus Wilson 2 1 4 1 11 21