Thursday Night Capsule – Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers



Week 2 of the NFL’s 100th season gets underway on Thursday, September 12 (8:20 PM ET, NFL Network) as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to Bank of America Stadium to take on the Carolina Panthers in an early season NFC South showdown. The Buccaneers and Panthers meet for the 38th time with Carolina holding the all-time series advantage at 23-14. In Week 13 of the 2018 season, Tampa Bay quarterback JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 249 yards with two touchdowns and a 114.4 passer rating in the Buccaneers’ 24-17 victory over Carolina.

Last week, Winston surpassed VINNY TESTAVERDE (14,820 passing yards) for the most passing yards in franchise history. Buccaneers wide receiver CHRIS GODWIN registered a touchdown reception in the team’s Week 1 loss and has six touchdown catches in his past seven against the NFC South. In 2018, Tampa Bay wide receiver MIKE EVANS, who holds the franchise records for receiving yards (6,131) and touchdown catches (40), joined A.J. GREEN & Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first five seasons.

Carolina running back CHRISTIAN McCAFFREY had 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns, along with 10 receptions for 81 yards, in the Panthers’ Week 1 loss. McCaffrey, who also had 125 rushing yards and 11 receptions in Week 12 of the 2018 season, is the first player in the Super Bowl era to record at least 120 rushing yards and 10 receptions in multiple games. In 13 career games against Tampa Bay, Panthers quarterback CAM NEWTON has 29 total touchdowns (20 passing, nine rushing), his most against any opponent. Panthers defensive tackle GERALD McCOY spent nine seasons (2010-2018) with Tampa Bay and totaled 54.5 sacks, the third-most in franchise history.

Thursday’s contest marks the first of seven games exclusively televised on NFL Network this season and will be produced by FOX. The game will feature Joe Buck, Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink on the call.





LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 23-14

STREAKS: Panthers have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 12/2/18: Panthers 17 at Buccaneers 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/4/18: Panthers 42, Buccaneers 28


QB JAMEIS WINSTON has 14,822 career pass yards & surpassed VINNY TESTAVERDE (14,820) for most pass yards in franchise history. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with 110+ rating. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. division with 350+ pass yards & 115+ rating. • RB RONALD JONES had career-high 93 scrimmage yards (75 rush, 18 rec.) in Week 1. RB PEYTON BARBER has 85+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR MIKE EVANS has 85+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at Car. Is franchise leader in rec. yards (6,131) & rec. TDs (40). WR CHRIS GODWIN had TD catch last week. Had 101 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 7 games vs. NFC South. TE O.J. HOWARD had 2 TD catches in his last game vs. Car. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC South with rec. TD. TE CAMERON BRATE is 1 of 3 TEs (TRAVIS KELCE & ZACH ERTZ) with 20+ TD catches (20) since 2016. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 7 tackles & TFL last week. Has 20 tackles (10 per game), 1.5 sacks & PD in past 2 vs. Car. Aims for 4th in row vs. division with 10+ tackles. Rookie LB DEVIN WHITE had 6 tackles in NFL debut in Week 1. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had sack in TB debut last week, his 15th career sack. CB VERNON HARGREAVES had 15-yard INT-TD in Week 1, 1st INT-TD by TB player since ROBERT MCCLAIN (47-yard INT-TD on 9/17/17). DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 56 career sacks, 3rd-most among active DTs.


QB CAM NEWTON has 10 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 110.4 rating & 5 rush TDs in 6 career home starts vs. TB. Has 29 total TDs (20 pass, 9 rush) in 13 career games vs. TB, most vs. any opponent. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 2+ TD passes. Has 58 rush TDs since 2011, tied-most among active players. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 209 scrimmage yards (128 rush, 81 rec.), 10 catches & 2 rush TDs in Week 1. Is only player in SB era with 120+ rush yards & 10+ catches in multiple games. Has 5 career games with 10+ catches, tied-3rd most among RBs since 1950. Has 318 scrimmage yards (159 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in past 2 vs. TB. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 150+ scrimmage yards & TD. • WR DJ MOORE had 7 catches for 76 yards in Week 1. TE GREG OLSEN had 76 rec. yards & TD catch in last home meeting. Among active TEs, ranks 2nd in catches (670) & rec. yards (7,883) & 4th in rec. TDs (57). • DT GERALD MCCOY spent 9 seasons (2010-18) with TB & had 54.5 sacks, 3rd-most in franchise history. DE MARIO ADDISON has 8 sacks & 3 FFs in 9 career games vs. TB. Had career-high 3 sacks in last home meeting. LB LUKE KUECHLY had 8 tackles in Week 1. Has 956 tackles since 2012, most in NFL. CB DONTE JACKSON had PD last week & had INT in only career home game vs. TB. CB JAMES BRADBERRY had 2 PD, INT & sack in Week 1. Is 1st Panthers DB with sack & INT in same game since CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN (12/15/13).

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NFL Network (8:15 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli SIRIUS: 81 (TB), 83 (Car) | XM: 225 (TB), 226 (Car)