Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers on November 15, 2020

Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to go through a largely under-the-radar Carolina Panther pass rush if they want the NFC South division crown this year. After splitting the season series last year in two of Tampa Bay's most high-profile games of the season, the Bucs will face off with the division foes on Weeks Two and 10.

Carolina's 5-11 record in 2019 wouldn't clue you in on how effective the Panthers were at taking down opposing quarterbacks - they were second in the league with 53.0 sacks. Where they rank in other defense categories might, though. But the biggest factor in Carolina's downturn was undoubtedly the inconsistency at signal caller. Quarterback Cam Newton again battled through injury and succumbed in Week Three, after the team's first meeting with the Bucs on Thursday Night Football the week before. Tampa Bay took that primetime contest in spectacular fashion on fourth-down nearly goal-line stop that preserved their lead. The Bucs wouldn't be as successful though in London as the two teams faced off overseas.

WEEK 10 • SUN 11/15 • FINAL

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 - 3

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Carolina Panthers 3 - 7

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History: Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

All Time Record (entering 2020 season): 15-24

Streaks: Bucs lost last meeting

Most Recent Matchup: Panthers won at Raymond James Stadium, 37-26

Players and Coaches to Know:

Carolina Panthers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Carolina Panthers 2019 Record: 5-11

Scoring Offense: T-18th (20.6 points per game)

Total Offense: 19th (341.8 total yards per game)

Rushing Offense: 14th (113.7 rushing yards per game)

Passing Offense: 10th (258.4 passing yards per game)

Scoring Defense: 31st (29.4 points allowed per game)

Total Defense: 23rd (374.5 total yards allowed per game)

Rushing Defense: 29th (143.5 rushing yards allowed per game)

Passing Defense: 13th (231.0 passing yards allowed per game)

Turnover Margin: T-29 (-14)

Panthers' 2020 Draft Class: DT Derrick Brown, Auburn (Round 1, 7th overall), EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State (Round 2, 38th overall), S Jeremy Chinn, Southern Ill. (Round 2, 64th overall), CB Troy Pride, Notre Dame (Round 3, 113th overall), S Kenny Robinson, West Virginia (Round 5, 152nd overall), DT Brayvion Roy, Baylor (Round 6, 184th overall), CB Stanley Thomas-Oliver, Florida International (Round 7, 221st overall)

Key Veteran Additions: QB Teddy Bridgewater, DE Stephen Weatherly, DL Chris Smith, OL John Miller, CB Juston Burris

Notable Departures: S Eric Reid, LB Bruce Irvin, CB James Bradberry, DE Mario Addison, DL Gerald McCoy, TE Greg Olsen, DL Vernon Butler Jr.

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