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Stats You Need To Know: Panthers vs. Buccaneers

Carolina (3-2) travels to London for a rematch with Tampa Bay (2-3) in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Matchup Notes

  • The Panthers are making their first trip to London, while Tampa Bay heads over for the third time. However, the Buccaneers haven't played there since 2011.
  • Carolina leads the all-time series 23-15, however, the Buccaneers have now won the last two, including a 24-17 victory in Charlotte in Week 2 this season.
  • The Panthers are one of the NFL's top rushing offenses, averaging 143.6 yards per game on the ground (4th) and 5.61 yards per carry (1st).
  • Tampa Bay sports the league's best run defense, giving up just 3.12 yards per carry and 69.8 yards per game. The Buccaneers were the only team to hold Christian McCaffrey under 100 scrimmage yards this season. However, the Buccaneers rank last in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 323.6 yards per game through the air.
  • Bucs wideout Chris Godwin ranks third in the NFL with 511 receiving yards and has a league-high six receiving touchdowns. He had 121 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Panthers in Week 2.
Table inside Article
Category Panthers Buccaneers
Offense
Total Yards/Game 370.0 (14th) 359.8 (17th)
Rushing Yards/Game 143.6 (4th) 109.4 (19th)
Passing Yards/Game 249.2 (21st) 274.2 (10th)
Sacks Allowed 14 (t-20th) 18 (t-26th)
Third Down Efficiency 37.7 (19th) 36.1 (21st)
Points/Game 25.8 (11th) 29.4 (5th)
Defense
Total Yards/Game 331.4 (8th) 393.4 (26th)
Rushing Yards/Game 134.4 (24th) 69.8 (2nd)
Passing Yards/Game 197.0 (4th) 323.6 (32nd)
Sacks 20 (2nd) 11 (t-20th)
Third Down Efficiency 42.9 (24th) 39.4 (17th)
Points/Game 21.4 (11th) 29.6 (29th)

Next Gen Stat of the Week

Christian McCaffrey not only bested his own franchise record for longest touchdown run with his 84-yard scamper last Sunday, he also set a new career best for highest top speed.

According to Next Gen Stats, McCaffrey hit 21.95 miles per hour on his run against the Jaguars, tied for the second-fastest speed reached by a player on a touchdown this season.

Stat Nuggets To Know

  • Christian McCaffrey leads the NFL with 587 rushing yards and 866 yards from scrimmage. His six rushing touchdowns tie for second-most in the league. His 31 receptions for 279 receiving yards rank second among running backs in the league. McCaffrey is averaging 5.59 yards per carry, ranking third all-time among NFL running backs (Emmitt Smith, 1995 and Terrell Davis, 1998) with over 100 carries through the first five games of a season.
  • Luke Kuechly leads the NFL with 56 tackles. He recently topped 1,000 career tackles, becoming the youngest player in NFL history with over 1,000 tackles.
  • Kyle Allen became the only quarterback in the Super Bowl era to go 4-0 with zero interceptions in his first four career starts dating back to 2018. He has a 107.4 passer rating in his three games this season.
  • Mario Addison currently ranks third in the NFL with his 6.5 sacks, while his 6.0 sacks over the last three contests lead the league.
  • Brian Burns ranks second among all rookies with 3.5 sacks and is tied for the most QB pressures (9) among NFL rookies.
  • The Panthers have a number of young playmakers making an impact so far. Among players aged 23 and younger, the Panthers lead the NFL with 109 points scored (out of 129) and 1,573 scrimmage yards (out of 1,964). Defensively, three takeaways by young players tie for third in the league and 21 QB pressures tie for fourth.
  • Over the last three games, Carolina sports a +31 point differential, ranking third in the NFL over that span. The team's 16 sacks and 552 rushing yards in that span lead the league.

Chasing Milestones

  • Christian McCaffrey (866) needs 134 scrimmage yards to reach 1,000 through the first six games of this season. He would join Jim Brown (1963) and Marshall Faulk (2007) as the only players in NFL history with over 1,000 scrimmage yards in the first six games of a season. If McCaffrey tops 175 scrimmage yards on Sunday, it would mark his fourth straight game with at least 175 scrimmage yards, tying Edgerrin Games (Weeks 7-10, 1999) for the longest such streak in NFL history.
  • Kyle Allen has gone 4-0 over his first four starts as a Panther. With a win on Sunday, he would become the first Panthers QB to ever go 5-0 in his first five starts, breaking Jake Delhomme's mark from 2003.
  • Joey Slye (4) needs three 50-yard or longer field goals to break Graham Gano's franchise record of six 50+ field goals from 2013.
  • Greg Olsen (59) needs four touchdowns to pass Shannon Sharpe (62) for sixth place all-time in career touchdown receptions by a tight end.
  • Carolina needs one 50-yard or longer touchdown run to break the franchise record for most 50-yard or longer TD runs. The Panthers have recorded three such runs already this year, tying the 1999 and 2008 seasons for most.

Take a look at the best pictures from arrivals, pre-game, locker room, in-game and post-game action from Thursday Night Football against Tampa Bay.

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