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TAMPA BAY (3-8) at CAROLINA (8-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Panthers by 9 1-2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tampa Bay 5-6, Carolina 7-4

SERIES RECORD - Panthers lead series 14-11

LAST MEETING - Buccaneers beat Panthers 27-24, OT, Nov. 18, 2012

LAST WEEK - Buccaneers beat Lions 24-21; Panthers beat Dolphins 20-16

AP PRO32 RANKING - Buccaneers No. 25, Panthers No. 5

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (19), PASS (28)

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (9), PASS (21)

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (9), PASS (30)

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (3), PASS (7)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -Bucs have won three straight games. ... Bucs QB Mike Glennon has completed 77.3 percent of passes with four TDs and no INTs in last two games. ... Glennon has 1,782 yards passing and needs 74 to pass Josh Freeman (1,855 in 2009) for most by rookie in team history. ... Glennon is first QB in NFL history to throw TD pass in each of first eight games. ... RB Bobby Rainey has four TDs in past three games. . WR Vincent Jackson had six catches for 94 yards and TD in last game at Carolina. ... WR Tiquan Underwood had 108 yards receiving and two TDs last week against Miami. ... LB Mason Foster has two interception returns for touchdown, one shy of tying franchise single-season record. ... With one more interception, LB Lavonte David will become first player in franchise history with five sacks and three interceptions in season. ... DT Gerald McCoy has four sacks in last three games. ... Panthers have won seven straight games. Panthers have allowed fewest points in NFL (151). ... Panthers have scored TDs on 22 of 33 trips into red zone, second best in NFL. ... In last five games against Tampa Bay, QB Cam Newton has 106.6 rating with five touchdowns rushing. ... Newton has led winning drives in three straight games... With 51 yards receiving WR Steve Smith will move into top 20 in NFL history. Smith has seven career 100-yard receiving games against Tampa Bay. ... TE Greg Olsen has caught pass in 105 straight games. ... RB DeAngelo Williams has nine TDs rushing against Bucs in last 10 games. ... DE Greg Hardy has 15 sacks in past 20 games.

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