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Week 18 Game Preview: Panthers at Buccaneers

Panthers Buccaneers

Game Reset

  • Carolina Panthers (5-11) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-4)
  • Raymond James Stadium | Tampa, Fla.
  • Sunday, Jan. 9 | 4:25 p.m. ET | CBS
  • Roster | Depth Chart

History: Panthers vs. Buccaneers

Table inside Article
Category Carolina Tampa Bay
Total Yards/Game 297.8 (30th) 405.8 (1st)
Rushing Yards/Game 108.3 (21st) 99.2 (27th)
Net Passing Yards/Game 189.5 (29th) 306.6 (1st)
Sacks Allowed 50 (29th) 22 (1st)
Third Down Efficiency 36.2 (26th) 47.6 (2nd)
Points/Game 17.9 (29th) 29.4 (2nd)
Total Yards/Game 299.5 (2nd) 332.4 (14th)
Rushing Yards/Game 115.6 (20th) 91.4 (3rd)
Passing Yards/Game 183.9 (2nd) 240.9 (22nd)
Sacks 38 (t-13th) 45 (5th)
Third Down Efficiency 37.9 (10th) 39.2 (15th)
Takeaways 16 (t-24th) 27 (6th)
Points Allowed/Game 22.7 (19th) 21.0 (t-10th)

Stat Nuggets To Know


  • Carolina has not allowed a TD on the opponent's first drive in any game this season, the only team in the league with that distinction. The last time a team went a whole season without allowing an opening drive TD was the 2016 Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • In the first quarter, Carolina has a +45 scoring margin, fourth-best in the NFL. The team's previous-best first quarter scoring margin was +39 in 2006.


  • Shaq Thompson needs two tackles for 100 on the season. It would mark his third-straight year with 100+ tackles, joining Jon Beason, Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis as the only players to accomplish that in franchise history.
  • Frankie Luvu has eight tackles for loss this year, the only player with that amount and less than 300 total snaps played. He's also tied for the NFL lead with three fumble recoveries.
  • Jeremy Chinn currently leads the Panthers with 106 tackles. His 222 career tackles are the most of any player from the 2020 draft class.

Carolina is 25-19 all-time against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, posting a 13-10 record at home and 12-9 on the road.