Facts and Figures: Panthers vs. Buccaneers

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TEAM STATS

The Panthers:

  • Lead the all-time series with Tampa Bay, 21-13. With a win Sunday, Carolina will have swept the season series for the fourth time in the past five seasons. 
  • Are 22-7 in December during the Ron Rivera era, one game behind New England for the league’s best record in the month during that span. 
  • Have averaged a league-leading 165.9 rushing yards over their past eight games. 
  • Have been called for a league-low 72 penalties. 
  • Are 8-1 when receiving the second half kickoff. 
  • Have scored a league-leading 38 points off drives that start the third quarter. 
  • Are 9-0 when leading at halftime and 10-0 when leading after three quarters.

The Buccaneers:

  • Have scored a league-low 52 points in the second quarter. 

NFL Rankings (through Week 15)
Offense
Panthers Buccaneers
Total Yds/Game 17th (334.0) 11th (354.9)
Rush Yds/Game 4th (135.7) 27th (91.0)
Pass Yds/Game 27th (198.3) 5th (263.9)
3rd Down Efficiency 6th (43.3%) 14th (40.0%)
Points/Game  12th (23.6) t20th (20.4)
Defense
Panthers Buccaneers
Total Yds/Game 5th (307.9) 31st (390.8)
Rush Yds/Game 5th (91.6) 23rd (119.5)
Pass Yds/Game 11th (216.3) 32nd (271.3)
3rd Down Efficiency 9th (36.9%) 32nd (49.0%)
Points/Game 11th (20.4) 22nd (24.0)
 

PLAYER STATS

Panthers:

  • QB Cam Newton has accounted for 12 touchdowns and two interceptions in his past four home games against Tampa Bay. Newton needs 38 passing yards for his seventh 3,000-yard season which would tie him with Peyton Manning as the only QBs with seven 3,000-yard seasons to start a career. 
  • RB Jonathan Stewart needs 39 rushing yards for his 8th career 700-yard season. Only Frank Gore (10) and Matt Forte (9) have more since 2008.
  • RB Christian McCaffrey, who leads all rookies with 73 receptions, needs one more to catch Kelvin Benjamin for most receptions by a Carolina rookie. 
  • TE Greg Olsen needs one receiving touchdown to tie Wesley Walls (54) for 9th-most among NFL tight ends. 
  • DE Julius Peppers has 18.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in 18 career games against Tampa Bay. 

Buccaneers:

  • TE Cameron Brate has 14 touchdowns since 2016, third-most amount TEs in that span. 
  • LB Lavonte David leads the NFC with five forced fumbles and has a league-leading five fumble recoveries. 

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