NFL PREVIEW: CAROLINA PANTHERS (0-1) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (0-1)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 24-15
STREAKS: Buccaneers have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 10/13/19: Panthers 37 at Buccaneers 26
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/13/19
QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER passed for 270 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 98.9 rating in Car. debut last week. Passed for 314 yards with 4 TDs vs. INT for 131.3 rating in his last start vs. TB (10/6/19 w/ NO). • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 134 scrimmage yards (96 rush, 38 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 1. Became 2nd player since 1970 (CHUCK FOREMAN) with 25+ rush TDs (26) & 15+ rec. TDs (15) in 1st 50 games. Has 538 scrimmage yards (89.7 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in 6 career games vs. TB. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 130+ scrimmage yards. • WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 6 catches for 115 yards & TD catch in Car. debut last week, his 9th career 100-yard game. WR D.J. MOORE had 54 rec. yards in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 7+ receptions & 70+ rec. yards. Aims for his 7th in row vs. NFC South with 80+ scrimmage yards. WR CURTIS SAMUEL had 5 receptions last week. Had rush TD & rec. TD in last meeting. • LB SHAQ THOMPSON led team with 12 tackles in Week 1, his 8th career game with 10+ tackles. DE BRIAN BURNS had sack in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with sack. Rookie DT DERRICK BROWN had TFL & PD in NFL debut last week. CB RASUL DOUGLAS had 2 PD in Car. debut in Week 1. S TRE BOSTON had 6 tackles & FF last week. Has 5 PD in his past 4 vs. NFC South. Rookie S JEREMY CHINN had 8 tackles in NFL debut last week.
QB TOM BRADY passed for 239 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs & had rush TD in TB debut last week. Passed for 307 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.6 rating in his last game vs. Car. (10/1/17 w/ NE). Ranks 2nd in NFL history in pass yards (74,810) & TD passes (543). • RB RONALD JONES had 82 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 16 rec.) in Week 1. Had rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 137 scrimmage yards (108 rush, 29 rec.) & rush TD in his only career game vs. Car. (10/6/19 w/ Jax.). • WR MIKE EVANS had rec. TD last week. Had 9 catches for 96 yards in last meeting. Has 5+ receptions in 3 of his past 4 vs. Car. at home. WR CHRIS GODWIN led team with 6 catches & 79 rec. yards in Week 1. Had 10 receptions for 151 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Car. with 100+ rec. yards. WR SCOTTY MILLER set career-highs with 5 receptions & 73 rec. yards in Week 1. TE O.J. HOWARD had rec. TD last week, his 13th career TD catch. • LB LAVONTE DAVID tied for team-lead with 11 tackles & had 2 TFL in Week 1. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. Car. LB DEVIN WHITE tied for team-lead with 11 tackles & had TFL & PD last week, his 3rd career game with 10+ tackles. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had 3 sacks in 2 games vs. Car. in 2019. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL had sack last week. Has 6 sacks in his past 3 & aims for his 4th in row with sack.
These teams split their two meetings in 2019, with the Buccaneers winning in Week 2 in Charlotte (20-14) and the Panthers coming out on top in Week 6 in London, 37-26. Carolina matched a franchise record with seven takeaways in the London game, including five interceptions of Jameis Winston.
Carolina’s 34-30 loss to the Raiders in Week 1 extended its losing streak to nine games, tied for second longest in team history (15 straight spanning the 2001 and 2002 seasons). The Panthers have allowed 30 or more points in five straight games, and 20+ points in 13 straight — both franchise records.
Tampa Bay had three turnovers in last week’s 34-23 loss in New Orleans, and has an NFL-high 44 giveaways since the start of last season (the Panthers are tied for second most with 35). The Buccaneers haven’t opened 0-2 in a season since losing their first three games in 2014.
Last week’s game was Tom Brady’s first with multiple interceptions since the 2018 AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs (won in OT). His third-quarter interception was returned for a touchdown by Janoris Jenkins, Brady’s third straight game with a pick-six (including postseason).
Christian McCaffrey rushed for just 68 yards on 38 carries (1.8 ypc) in last year’s two games against Tampa Bay, which had the NFL’s top rush defense in 2019 (73.8 ypg). The two games were also the only two since the start of last season in which McCaffrey failed to reach 90 scrimmage yards (53 and 57 in the two games).
Tampa Bay has an NFL-high 142 penalties since the start of last season (nine in Week 1), while the Panthers’ 92 penalties over the same span (five in Week 1) are the second fewest in the league (Colts, 84).
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Lindsay Czarniak (field reporter) SIRIUS: 119 (Car), 82 (TB) | XM: 382 (Car), 227 (TB)