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Week 7 Game Preview: Panthers vs. Buccaneers


CHARLOTTE - The Carolina Panthers (1-5) return home and return to NFC South action with a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3) on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium.

Scroll below for more information on the Week 7 matchup, team connections, series history and stats comparison, presented by Amazon Next Gen Stats.

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History: Panthers vs. Buccaneers

  • Carolina is 24-19 all-time against the Bucs | Series History
  • Current Streak: Buccaneers W4
  • Carolina's last home win against Tampa Bay came in November of 2018

Player/Coach Connections

  • A number of Panthers are originally from Florida, including Brian Burns, Sam Franklin Jr., Marquis Haynes Sr., CJ Henderson and Eddy Piñeiro.
  • Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht was previously a scout for the Panthers in 1998.
  • Several Bucs players have ties to the Carolinas including Giovani Bernard (UNC), Ryan Succop (S. Carolina), Dee Delaney (Beaufort, S.C.) and Nick Leverett (Salisbury, N.C.).

Statistical Comparison

Table inside Article
Category Carolina Tampa Bay
Total Yards/Game 260.0 (32nd) 332.0 (21st)
Rushing Yards/Game 90.3 (26th) 67.5 (32nd)
Net Passing Yards/Game 169.7 (29th) 264.5 (6th)
Sacks Allowed 19 (t-25th) 9 (t-3rd)
Third Down Efficiency 23.6 (32nd) 37.8 (22nd)
Points/Game 17.2 (t-27th) 20.2 (20th)
Total Yards/Game 356.8 (21st) 302.5 (7th)
Rushing Yards/Game 133.3 (26th) 109.2 (14th)
Passing Yards/Game 223.5 (17th) 193.3 (7th)
Sacks 9 (t-28th) 21 (3rd)
Third Down Efficiency 43.2 (23rd) 42.7 (22nd)
Takeaways 6 (t-23rd) 9 (t-10th)
Points Allowed/Game 24.3 (t-23rd) 17.2 (5th)

Notes and Trends

Most of the yards

  • In Week 6, Christian McCaffrey accounted for 158 of the team's 212 scrimmage yards at LA. That percentage of 74.5 was the highest by a player of his team's scrimmage yards since Week 11 of 2003 (Warrick Dunn, 74.6).
  • McCaffrey has 670 scrimmage yards this season, ranking fourth in the NFL.

Defensive Touchdowns

  • The Panthers scored their NFL-best third defensive touchdown of the season in Week 6, when Donte Jackson returned an interception back for six.
  • The franchise record for defensive TDs is four, set in 2013 and 2015.

Brown putting together banner season

  • Derrick Brown had a career-high seven tackles and a half-sack against the Rams.
  • This season, he leads all defensive linemen with six passes defended, while his PFF grade of 89.9 ranks fourth among qualified defensive tackles.

Ekwonu stringing together dominant performances

  • Over the last two weeks, Ikem Ekwonu has posted an overall blocking grade of 75.8, tops among rookie tackles in the NFL.
  • He and Taylor Moton had pass block efficiency ratings of 99.3, tied for fourth among offensive tackles in the last two weeks.
  • As a team, Carolina's pass blocking grade of 69.2 ranks seventh in the NFL this season.

Special teams strength

  • The Panthers rank fourth in the NFL with a total PFF special teams grade of 91.1.
  • This season, Carolina has blocked two field goals, ranks fourth with a FG made percentage of 92.3, ranks third with a net punting average of 44.9 and leads the league with 450 kick return yards.

2022 Statistical Milestones to Watch

  • DJ Moore (321) needs four receptions to pass Wesley Walls (324) for fifth-most in franchise history.
  • Christian McCaffrey (50) needs one scrimmage TD to break a tie with Muhsin Muhammad (50) and move into fifth place in franchise history.
  • Brian Burns (29.5) needs 3.0 sacks to tie Kawann Short (32.5) for seventh place in franchise history in career sacks.
  • Derrick Brown (14) needs four pass deflections to tie Julius Peppers (18) for the most by a Panthers defensive lineman in his first three seasons.
  • Shaq Thompson needs 61 tackles for his fourth consecutive season with at least 100 tackles. That would tie Jon Beason (4 straight) for third-most behind Thomas Davis (5 straight) and Luke Kuechly (8 straight).
  • Donte Jackson (13) needs one interception to tie Doug Evans and Richard Marshall for fifth in franchise history.
  • JJ Jansen (215) needs six games played to tie John Kasay (221) for most in Panthers franchise history.

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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