Matchup: Carolina Panthers (5-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2)
Where: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida
When: Sunday, November 6, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. ET
VegasInsider.com Spread: Panthers by 1
TV Announcers: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Radio Announcers: Gene Deckerhoff and Scott Brantley
Last Week: The Carolina Panthers defended their home turf by defeating the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday, 38-13. Panthers QB Jake Delhomme completed 21-of-30 passes for 341 yards and tossed three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Wide receiver Steve Smith was Delhomme’s favorite target, hauling in 11 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown. Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper went down early with torn knee ligaments, which sidelined him for the year. Backup QB Brad Johnson completed 13-of-28 passes for 162 yards and tossed a touchdown in the losing effort.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traveled to San Francisco and were defeated by the 49ers, 15-10. Bucs QB Chris Simms was sacked five times and tossed two interceptions that led to two field goals for the 49ers. San Francisco rushed for 158 yards on 39 carries (4.1 avg.), but Tampa Bay’s defense held the 49ers out of the end zone and to 208 yards of total offense. Bucs WR Joey Galloway caught eight passes for 149 yards and one touchdown.
Covers.com Injury Report: Bucs: LB Derrick Brooks (hamstring), LB Shelton Quarles (thigh) and C John Wade (ankle) are probable. RB Michael Pittman (shoulder) is questionable. S Dexter Jackson (hamstring) is doubtful.
Panthers: RB Stephen Davis (knee) are DE Michael Rucker (illness) are probable.
The Last Time These Two Teams Met: Tampa Bay and Carolina last clashed in December of the 2004 season. The Bucs were downed by the visiting Panthers, 37-20.
Bucs-Panthers Series: Tampa Bay 4-5 all-time in the regular season vs. the Carolina Panthers. The Bucs are 2-2 all-time at home vs. the Panthers. Carolina has won four straight games vs. Tampa Bay dating back to 2003.
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