Buccaneers at Panthers NFL Week 15 Game Capsule

Published: December 10th, 2014
By Buccaneers Gab

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-11) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-8-1)

SERIES

BUCCANEERS PANTHERS
SERIES LEADER 17-11
STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 4-3 Rivera: 5-2
LAST WEEK L 34-17 at Lions W 41-10 at Saints
LAST GAME 9/7/14: Panthers 20 at Buccaneers 14. Carolina TE Greg Olsen catches 8 passes for 83 yards & TD. Panthers rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin adds 6 receptions for 92 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/1/13: Panthers 27, Buccaneers 6. Carolina QB Cam Newton throws for 263 yards & has 3 total TDs (2 pass, 1 rush). Panthers WR Ted Ginn Jr. has 36-yard TD reception.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Dick Stockton, Brady Quinn, Kristina Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 92 (TB), 136 (Car.). XM: 226 (Car.).

STATS

PASSING McCown: 145-250-1790-9-11-73.9 Newton: 234-401-2812-16-11-81.8
RUSHING Rainey: 94-406-4.3-1 Stewart: 116-563-4.9-3
RECEIVING Jackson: 60-861-14.4-2 Olsen (TE): 71-850-12.0-6
OFFENSE 307.4 341.8
TAKE/GIVE -8 -1
DEFENSE 364.8 356.5
SACKS McCoy: 8.5 Addison, Johnson: 6
INTs Banks: 4 (T2C) Harper: 3
PUNTING Koenen: 40.3 Nortman: 45.0
KICKING Murray (R): 75 (27/27 PAT; 16/20 FG) Gano: 93 (27/27 PAT; 22/26 FG)

NOTES

BUCCANEERS: QB JOSH MC COWN aims for 3rd in row vs. Car. with 2+ pass TDs…RB DOUG MARTIN rushed for 138 yards in only game at Car. RB BOBBY RAINEY had TD catch in Week 1…Rookie WR MIKE EVANS had 2 TDs last week & has 8 TDs in past 6. Leads NFL rookies with 10 rec. TDs & 935 rec. yards. Averages 16.4 yards per catch, most by rookie (min. 40 catches). WR VINCENT JACKSON had 10 catches for 159 yards last week. Is 2nd on team with 861 rec. yards & needs 139 for 6th career 1,000-yard season…LB LAVONTE DAVID has 30 tackles, sack & INT in past 3 meetings. Since 2013, is only player in NFL with 250+ tackles (265), 5+ sacks (7) & 5+ INTs (5). Leads team with 121 tackles. DT GERALD MC COY had sack in Week 1. Has 6.5 sacks in past 7 & 16 sacks in past 20. LB JACQUIES SMITH has 5 sacks in past 4, incl. 2 sacks last week. CB JOHNTHAN BANKS has INT in 4 of past 8. Leads team with 10 PD. DE LARRY ENGLISH had sack & FF last week…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON has won past 2 starts vs. TB. In 6 career starts vs. TB, is 4-2 with 102.9 rating, 10 pass TDs & 6 rush TDs. Last week, had 3 pass TDs with 114 rating & rushed for 83 yards & TD. Has 4 career games with 200+ pass yards, 2+ pass TDs, 80+ rush yards & 1+ rush TD, most in NFL…RB JONATHAN STEWART has 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in past 9 meetings. Has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 6 at home vs. TB. Rushed for 155 yards & TD (69 yards) last week. RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS has 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.) in past 12 meetings. Has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5 vs. TB at home…Rookie WR KELVIN BENJAMIN had 6 catches for 92 yards & TD in NFL debut vs. TB. Is 2nd among rookies with 9 rec. TDs & 848 rec. yards. Ties for 2nd among rookies with 59 catches. TE GREG OLSEN had 8 catches for 83 yards & TD in Week 1. Had 10 catches for 72 yards & TD last week…LB LUKE KUECHLY had 9 tackles, sack & FF in Week 1. Since entering NFL in 2012, leads league with 452 tackles. DE CHARLES JOHNSON aims for 3rd in row at home with sack. Has sack in 6 of past 9 games.