Bucs-Panthers Game Notes

October 27 - PewterReport.com has compiled a notebook full of news and notes from Tampa Bay's 12-9 win over the Carolina Panthers.

INJURY UPDATE: Rob Johnson started in place of injured starter Brad Johnson (ribs) at QB. LG Kerry Jenkins left the game with 6:42 left in the second quarter after he had his eye poked. NT Anthony McFarland left the game in the third quarter with a fractured forearm and did not return. WR Joe Jurevicius suffered a sprained right knee with 35 seconds left in the third quarter. Punter Tom Tupa injured his left knee on the first play of the fourth quarter. LB Ryan Nece also suffered a leg sprain late in the fourth quarter.

BUCS' INACTIVES: CB Tim Wansley, WR Charles Lee, QB Brad Johnson, FB Darian Barnes, T/G Tutan Reyes, WR Keenan McCardell, RB Travis Stephens and DT Buck Gurley.

NEW LOOK PANTHERS: Carolina took advantage of new NFL policy that allows teams to wear a throwback or alternate jersey this year. The Panthers, who usually wear their black jersey with blue trim at home, donned a sharp looking powder blue jersey with white numbers trimmed with black and silver.

GAINING GROUND: The Bucs victory over Carolina coupled by Atlanta's 37-35 win over New Orleans has pulled Tampa Bay to within half a game of the Saints in the NFC South race. Both teams are 6-2, but the Saints hold a half game edge over Tampa Bay because they won a head-to-head matchup in the season opener.

QUICK HITS: Bucs WR Reggie Barlow was on the active roster and saw some playing time for the first time this season. Barlow finished with two catches for 10 yards, including a key 6-yard catch with 27 seconds left at the Carolina 39. ... The Bucs recorded three INTs against Carolina. Tampa Bay has 16 picks, which is currently the most in the NFL. Strong safety John Lynch recorded his first two of the season, and cornerback Brian Kelly recorded one, which now gives him a career-high three on the season. Kelly only had three total interceptions from 1998-2001. ... The Bucs set a record for fewest total and fewest passing yards allowed in a half. Carolina only had 20 total yards and had minus-4 passing yards at halftime. ... The Bucs' 6-2 start ties the best start in team history (1979).


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