Gameday Tampa Bay

November 15th, 2020

Game 10

Bucs (6-3) at Stinking Panthers (3-6)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

TV: WTVT-TV Channel 13; DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket Channel 705.

Streaming: Fans may stream the broadcast from or on a mobile device using one of the following: Buccaneers official app, FOX Sports app or Yahoo! Sports app. Geographic restrictions apply.

Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network WXTB-FM 97.9 in the Tampa-St. Petersburg region; 97.9 FM ESPN Radio in Tallahassee (Transmisiones de radio en español en WTMP-FM 96.1 y WMGG-AM 1470 en Tampa); SiriusXM Channel 82 (Bucs broadcast).

Weather: A very nice day is expected in Charlotte. Per, look for a kickoff temperature of 71 degrees with 62 percent humidity and a wind that could gust up to 20 mph (from the backend of Hurricane Eta?). By the third quarter it should bump up to 74 and drop back down to 71 at game’s end, all under sunny skies. You cannot get much better weather than that for football.

Odds: Per BetMGM, as of noon Monday, Bucs -5.5; 50.5-under.

Outlook: Well, you could say the football weekend for the Bucs didn’t get off the ground on time. The Bucs were delayed some seven hours getting to Charlotte yesterday due to mechanical issues with their original plane. After being stuck on the tarmac of Tampa International Airport for five hours, the team was allowed to deplane and then it held team meetings and had a meal scattered about a private area of the airport, all while socially distanced, of course. The Bucs finally arrived at their Charlotte hotel shortly after midnight. As for the game today, Joe really has no idea what to expect as the Bucs try to recuperate from one of their worst losses in the franchise history. Losing the past 12 years is woven deeply throughout the franchise. Even with adding so many winners this offseason and into the season, Joe doesn’t know whether the awful loss to the Saints will grab this team by its throat and pull it team down with them, or if the winners the Bucs added will prevent that from happening. Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians likes to say how he wants to see how his team’s character pulls them out of pinches after a loss. Joe is hoping to see the biggest and brightest coaching staff guide the team out of this two-game funk. Joe is not comfortable with this game whatsoever. Yeah, the Bucs need to respond. But despite a 3-6 record, Carolina is a scrappy bunch and new coach Matt Rhule is doing a lot with a little. They fight, they claw, they don’t quit. Last week the Stinking Panthers had the Super Bowl-champion Chiefs on the ropes but ran out of clock, missing a 67-yard game-winning field goal as time ran out. Simply put, the Chiefs couldn’t stop them. Sure, the Bucs catch a break that Christian McCaffrey will miss this game but Joe doesn’t believe that will matter a whole lot. For the Bucs to win they have to play smart and they have to at least threaten to run the ball a little. Not having Ali Marpet again won’t help matters. If the Bucs lose this game, Joe foresees this season spiraling out of control. Joe vividly remembers the Bucs, hours after beating the Saints to go 4-2 to start the 2011 season, traveling to London and getting stomped physically by the Bears and the season rapidly turning into chaos. Before you knew it, Raheem Morris was fired.

Trinkets: Bucs QB Tom Brady looks for his third in a row on the road with 275- or more passing yards and 2- or more touchdown passes. Brady had a touchdown against an interception in a Week 2 meeting with Carolina. Brady passed for 296 yards in his last game at Carolina (November 2013 with New England). He ranks fourth in NFL with 20 touchdown passes, his NFL-record 18th season with 20 or more touchdown passes. … RB Ronald Jones had a rushing touchdown in Week 2 meeting and looks for his third in a row against Carolina with a rushing touchdown. … RB Leonard Fournette rushed for 103 yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 2 meeting. He had 137 scrimmage yards (108 rushing, 29 receiving) and a rushing touchdown in only career game at Carolina in October 2019 with Jacksonville. … WR Mike Evans had 104 yards and a receiving touchdown in Week 2 meeting. Evans looks for his third game in a row against Carolina with 90 or more receiving yards. He has 5 receiving touchdowns in 5 road games this season. Evans is 1 of 3 receivers (Davante Adams and Cheetah Hill) with 40 or more receiving touchdowns (40) since 2016. … WR Chris Godwin aims for his third in a row on the road with a touchdown catch. Godwin also eyeing his fourth straight game against the Stinking Panthers with 100 or more receiving yards. … WR Antonio Brown looks for his third in row against Carolina with 90 or more receiving yards and a touchdown catch. Since 2010, Brown ranks second in the NFL in catches (844) and receiving yards (11,294) and ranks third in receiving touchdowns (75). … TE Rob Gronkowski had a receiving touchdown in his only career game at Carolina (November 2013 with the Belicheats). … LB Lavonte David had 9 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in Week 2 meeting. David is looking for his ninth straight game against the Stinking Panthers with 5 or more tackles. … LB Devin White led the Bucs with 14 tackles last week. He had a career-high 15 tackles in Week 2 meeting. … LB Shaq Barrett had a sack and a forced fumble last week. He had 3 sacks in last year in Carolina. … LB Jason Pierre-Paul aims for his third straight game against the Stinking Panthers with a sack. … DT Ndamukong Suh had 2 sacks in Week 2 meeting. … Stinking Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater passed for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns against 0 interceptions and had rushing touchdown last week. Bridgewater passed for 367 yards in Week 2 meeting and looks for his third start in row against the Bucs with 300 or more pass yards. Bridgewater ranks third in the NFC in passing yards (2,416). … RB Mike Davis had 8 receptions for 74 yards in Week 2 meeting. He ranks second among RBs with 43 catches this season. … WR Robby Anderson had 9 receptions for 63 yards last week. He had 9 catches for 109 yards in Week 2 meeting. Anderson is 1 of 2 receivers (Stefon Diggs) with 8 games of 5 or more catches this season. … WR D.J. Moore had 8 catches for 120 yards in Week 2 meeting. Moore is looking for his fourth in row against the Bucs with 85 or more scrimmage yards. … WR Curtis Samuel set a career-highs in catches (9) and receiving yards (105) and had a receiving touchdown last week. Samuel looks for his fourth in row with a touchdown. … DE Brian Burns had a sack in last home game against the Bucs. … LB Shaq Thompson looks for his third in row with a pass defensed. … Rookie S Sam Franklin had a career-high 7 tackles and first-career sack last week. … S Jeremy Chinn leads all rookies with 66 tackles. … CB Donte Jackson had an interception in Week 2 meeting. He is looking for his fourth in a row at home with a pass defensed.

The Last Word: The last time the Bucs swept Carolina in a season was 2016. This was also the last time the Bucs had a winning record. Only three times in the post-Chucky era have the Bucs swept a season series with the Stinking Panthers (2016, 2012 and 2010).

14 Responses to “Gameday Tampa Bay”

  1. Buc1987 Says:

    Hold on tight Bucs fans!

  2. TB55 Says:

    Has a 6-3 fanbase ever felt less confidence about winning a game against a 3-6 team before? Joe should pen a story on it.

  3. Pickgrin Says:

    “2016. This was also the last time the Bucs won 10 games in a season.”

    Bucs won 9 games in 2016. Have only won 10 games ONCE (2010) in last 15 years….

  4. Colonel Angus Says:

    Bucs got this. We are 6-1 vs teams not from New Orleans. And that 1 loss was by 1 point (when the Bucs had over a hundred yards in penalties and the Bears had the refs in their corner). Face it, Saints own the Bucs right now, they are tailor made to beat us. And it’s in the heads of just about every player on the team. Luckily we don’t play them again until the playoffs possibly. By then maybe the Bucs find a good priest and exorcise them demons.

  5. Chris L Says:

    Joe – we only won 9 games in 2016 but we did sweep them that year

  6. Mikadeemas Says:

    Dude, we didn’t win 10 in 2016!!

  7. Seattle Buc is back in TB Says:

    We need this one really bad. After last 2 games we need to bounce back. Bring home a W, Bucs!

  8. Leighroy Says:

    I had a laugh at “the back end of Hurricane Eta” comment. That storm is LONG out to sea! There have been 3 days of sun since then.

    Outside of Florida (including here in NC) we have these things called “cold fronts.” Joes may remember them from Illinois?

  9. Still love my Bucs Says:

    Man I was hoping for the pic of my two favorite panther skanks!

  10. Mclovin Says:

    Not the traditional skanky panthers cheerleader fiasco mug for today joe? Lol GO BUCS!!

  11. Joe Says:


    It’s a road game.

  12. Joe Says:


    It’s a road game.

  13. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    TB55 Says
    Has a 6-3 fanbase ever felt less confidence about winning a game against a 3-6 team before?

    I don’t know why you think that. We’re actually not doing badly. So we’ve lost 3 games…we have still won 6 games. And so far as the Saints, odds are we’ll get our third shot at them in the playoffs. So long as we beat them then, no one will remember the regular season.

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    We can still go 13-3, 12-4, or 11-5 and make it into the playoffs. Once we get in, anything is possible. Especially with Tom Brady.