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Know Your Foe: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, round two


CHARLOTTE - Carolina faces Tampa Bay just two weeks after a 32-6 loss in the home finale at Bank of America Stadium.

The Buccaneers pose largely the same challenges, apart from one big one.


The Buccaneers have already spent 72 hours working through the media attention of Brown's exit during the middle of Sunday's game in New York.

But Carolina now gets an offensive attack that may be vastly altered from two weeks ago.

Brown had 10 catches on 15 targets from Tom Brady in Week 16 in Charlotte. Half of every pass attempt and over half of Brady's 18 completions went to Brown.

However, Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski are now back in the lineup, and they had big impacts on Sunday against the Jets, totaling 162 yards and a touchdown between them.


In the last matchup, Tampa Bay out-gained Carolina, 159-67, on the ground.

The Bucs' run defense has been stout all season, but the offensive attack of Ke'Shawn Vaughn (70 yds) and Ronald Jones (65 yds) allowed Tampa Bay to control the clock all game.


The Buccaneers don't have too much at stake with the NFC South title and a third seed in the playoffs locked up.

However, after allowing 24 points and 374 net yards to the Jets, the Buccaneers may still play starters for a long period to get them ready for the Wild Card round.

Carolina has upset playoff teams in the finale before, beating New Orleans in Week 17 in 2018.

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

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