Panthers pre-game news and notes

Panthers pre-game news and notes

Bucs QB Brad Johnson is 3-0 vs. the Panthers, against who he has thrown 6 TDs and 1 INT.

Bucs LB Derrick Brooks needs one TD to set the record for most TDs on turnovers.  He currently has 4.

Lamar Smith needs 1 rushing touchdown to break the record (7) held by the late Fred Lane.

Carolina's defense leads the NFL with 33 sacks.  Julius Peppers needs 5 sacks to break the record (14.5) for sacks by a rookie.  Mike Rucker needs 2.5 sacks to beat his personal best (9).

Offensive rankings: Carolina is 27th in total offense, 28th passing and 19th rushing.  Tampa is 20th in total offense, 13th passing and 23rd rushing.

Defensive rankings: Carolina is 3rd in total defense, 4th against the pass, and 7th against the run.  Tampa is 1st in total defense, 1st against the pass, and 8th against the run.

Carolina has scored 135 points leading into this week, fewest in the NFL, but has allowed only 151, also fewest in the NFL.

Injuries

Carolina Panthers
Out DT Sean Gilbert (hip); LB Dan Morgan (hernia); LB Lester Towns (foot)

Questionable G Jamar Nesbit (ankle); DE Mike Rucker (ankle)
Probable WR Isaac Byrd (groin); C Jeff Mitchell (neck); QB Rodney Peete
(finger)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Out DT Anthony McFarland (forearm); DE Corey Smith (knee); RB Travis
Stephens (toe)
Probable C Jeff Christy (knee); WR Joe Jurevicius (knee/ankle); DT Warren
Sapp (back)


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