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Carolina 7 7 7 10 31
Tampa Bay 3 3 0 7 13
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Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida  Weather: 70°, Cloudy  Attendance: 59,073

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Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  1. Carolina beat St. Louis, 30-15, at home last Sunday and is now 7-3 in its last 10 games dating to Week 14 in 2012. The Panthers are averaging 34.3 points per game in their three wins, and just 12.0 points per game in three losses this season.
  2. Tampa Bay dropped a 31-23 decision in Atlanta last Sunday, and is 0-6 for the second time in the last five seasons (also 2009). Dating to Week 12 in 2012, the Buccaneers are 1-11 in their last 12 games.
  3. The Buccaneers won both games versus the Panthers in 2012, with each victory coming by six points. Carolina (2009 and 2011) and Tampa Bay (2010 and 2012) have alternated sweeping each other every year since 2009.
  4. Cam Newton completed 88.2 percent (15-for-17) of his passes in Week 7, setting a new single-game franchise record in the process (minimum 14 attempts). The only other starting quarterback to complete at least 85 percent of his passes in a single game this season is Peyton Manning (Week 3 versus Oakland).
  5. Vincent Jackson caught a career-high tying 10 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns in last Sunday's setback. Jackson has 19 receptions in his last two games overall -- tied with Keyshawn Johnson (November 11-18, 2001) for most of any Buccaneer wide receiver in any two-game span all-time.
  6. Carolina has a plus-5 turnover differential in 2013 -- tied for sixth best in the NFL. Including each of their last two wins, the Panthers have won three straight games, and are 13-1 the last 14 times they've had zero giveaways (dating to Week 15 in 2009).
Team Comparison

Tampa Bay
23.2 Points 14.5
197.3 Pass Yds 196.7
130.2 Rush Yds 101.2
14 Takeaways 10


STATS Senior Writer

(AP) -- 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.

Updated October 22, 2013

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