As the Buccaneers and Panthers prepare to face-off yet again on Thursday night, both teams have plenty to play for. Both suffered losses in week one to road teams from the NFC West and looked pretty ugly doing it.
This is the 38th meeting between the Bucs and Panthers, with the Panthers holding a 23-14 lead in the standings. In their last meeting, the Bucs won 24-17. The Panthers, however, have won seven of the last ten.
Against the Buccaneers, Cam Newton is 9-4 while averaging 225.3 passing yards per game, 39.2 rushing yards per game, and has a total of 29 touchdowns (including rushing) with only 13 turnovers.
Jameis Winston is 3-4 against the Panthers, averaging 265.6 passing yards per game and has a total of eight touchdowns with nine interceptions.
Coming off one of his worst performances in recent memory, Winston needs a huge bounce back week. Unfortunately, he will be facing a team that he hasn’t fared well against in their own house. In the history of this matchup, Carolina is 12-7 at home and haven’t lost at home to the Bucs since 2016.
Another thing to note is that the Buccaneers have lost five consecutive Thursday night games. Their last win was in 2012, a 36-17 road victory against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Bucs and Panthers kickoff their first of two meetings this season Thursday night at 8:20 p.m. on the NFL Network.