63 degrees, partly cloudy
- This game featured two teams coming off losses. Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston had missed a couple days of practice due a shoulder sprain, and it appeared that his accuracy was off for much of the day. He threw two interceptions and many inaccurate passes.
- Carolina had been struggling to get their run game going leading up to this game, but were able to find some production in this matchup, totaling 100 yards rushing on the day. In addition to a balanced rushing attack they did a very nice job protecting QB Cam Newton. The clean pocket allowed underneath crossing routes to uncover which helped with short yardage pickups.
- Carolina’s defense didn’t allow a touchdown for the second straight week. Nice job by the Panthers identifying their edge against this Buccaneers offense and exploiting it for a victory.