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September 13, 2019
Tampa Bay 20, Carolina 14
When: 8:20 PM ET, Thursday, September 12, 2019
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
LINE: Panthers -7. O/U: 49.5
Head Official: Jerome Boger
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made enough defensive stops and kept the Carolina Panthers out of the end zone in a 20-14 boring snooze-fest victory Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium at Charlotte, N.C.
Cam Newton has yet to show he can push a ball accurately more than 20 yards down the field. He's injured, but head coach Ron Rivera said it was "not his foot." Newton had ten off-target throws.
The final defensive stand came with a fourth-and-1 stop of Christian McCaffrey's rushing attempt at the Tampa Bay 2-yard line with less than 1:30 to play.
With Carolina down to one timeout, the Buccaneers ran out the clock without giving the Panthers another possession.
After taking a 12-10 lead, Carolina's next four possessions resulted in a fumble, punt, failed fourth down and a punt.
The Buccaneers (1-1) followed with an 11-play possession that lasted more than 6 1/2 minutes, but they only managed Matt Gay's 32-yard field goal at the 2:30 mark for a 20-14 lead.
Carolina's last possession included 11 plays and 73 yards, but no points.
The Panthers (0-2) relied on four Joey Slye field goals, including boots from 54 and 51 yards, for all their points until a fourth-quarter safety allowed them to pull within 17-14. Linebacker Luke Kuechly tackled Peyton Barber in the end zone for the two points.
Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston completed 16 of 25 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown.
Cam Newton of the Panthers was 25-for-51 for 333 yards. Impressive yards, but good lord, he had 51 attempts, completing less than 50% of his passes.
Tampa Bay's defense bottled up McCaffrey, who had 53 yards from scrimmage after more than 200 in Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Rams. But Panthers tight end Greg Olsen made six catches for 110 yards.
The game entered a weather-delay with 8:31 remaining in the first quarter before either team had scored - just in time to flip over to the democratic debate, only to end up further in a coma from boredom. The game ended after midnight on the East Coast.
It was the first intra-division matchup between any NFC South teams this season.
Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News
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The NFL Network and FOX 2019 Thursday Night Football schedule.
The 13-game Thursday Night Football slate of games features 11 FOX games which are scheduled to be simulcast on NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video*, in addition to two NFL Network exclusive games.
2019 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL & NFL NETWORK SCHEDULE
Week 3: Thursday, September 19 at 8:20 PM ET (NFL Network)
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 4: Thursday, September 26 at 8:20 PM ET (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)*
Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers
Week 5: Thursday, October 3 at 8:20 PM ET (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)*
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks
Week 6: Thursday, October 10 at 8:20 PM ET (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)*
New York Giants at New England Patriots
Week 6: Sunday, October 13 at 9:30 AM ET (NFL Network)
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (London)
Week 7: Thursday, October 17 at 8:20 PM ET (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)*
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
Week 8: Thursday, October 24 at 8:20 PM ET (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)*
Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings
Week 9: Thursday, October 31 at 8:20 PM ET (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)*
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
Week 9: Sunday, November 3 at 9:30 AM ET (NFL Network)
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars (London)
Week 10: Thursday, November 7 at 8:20 PM ET (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)*
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders
Week 11: Thursday, November 14 at 8:20 PM ET (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)*
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
Week 12: Thursday, November 21 at 8:20 PM ET (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)*
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
Week 14: Thursday, December 5 at 8:20 PM ET (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)*
Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears
Week 15: Thursday, December 12 at 8:20 PM ET (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)*
New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens
Week 16: Saturday, December 21 (NFL Network)
Three Games at 1:00, 4:30 & 8:15 PM ET
Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos
Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers
Houston Texans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
*NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video and Twitch simulcast subject to change.
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