The Buccaneers and Panthers kick off Week 2 of the 2019 NFL season with an NFC South battle on Thursday night.
After suffering Week 1 losses, Tampa Bay and Carolina have their eyes set on avoiding 0-2 starts to the young season.
Jameis Winston and the Bucs were remarkably sloppy at home against San Francisco last Sunday in a 31-17 loss. Winston threw three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. Tampa Bay also put the ball on the ground three times, as Winston fumbled twice and O.J. Howard also coughed one up.
Like Tampa, Carolina also had turnover issues in its Week 1 loss, falling to the Rams at home by a score of 30-27. The Panthers had three turnovers in total: Cam Newton threw a pick, and he and D.J. Moore both lost fumbles (Newton’s was a backwards pass). Minus the turnovers, the Panthers were fairly even with Los Angeles in the stat sheet after digging out of a 13-3 halftime deficit.
With Tampa Bay and Carolina combining for seven turnovers in their home openers, both teams will look to clean things up on “Thursday Night Football.”
Check out Sporting News’ live updates from the Thursday night matchup:
Buccaneers vs. Panthers score
Buccaneers vs. Panthers live updates, highlights
(All times ET)
11:27 p.m.: Newton is hit again on fourth down and his pass is inaccurate and incomplete. Panthers turn it over on downs.
11:25 p.m.: McCaffrey takes the handoff on third-and-short and is unable to get the needed yardage. Panthers have failed on eight consecutive third-down attempts.
11:23 p.m.: Panthers will start the drive from near midfield, trailing 17-14.
11:19 p.m.: SAFETY, PANTHERS. Barber takes the carry and tries to reach out to avoid the safety but the Carolina defense is there for the stop. Buccaneers 17, Panthers 14.
11:14 p.m.: Another Panthers drive is plagued by penalties. They have no choice but to punt it away again.
Third quarter: Buccaneers 17, Panthers 12
11:06 p.m.: Breshad Perriman isn’t able to haul in Winston’s endzone shot on third down. Matt Gay’s 42-yard attempt is just right and no good.
11:00 p.m.: A change of possession is true this time as Newton fumbles on a carry and Tampa Bay lands on it. Ndamukong Suh with the recovery.
10:58 p.m.: Newton is hit as he throws and his pass is intercepted by Kevin Minter. A defensive holding penalty on Carlton Davis negates the turnover as Carolina keeps possession.
10:52 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, BUCCANEERS. Peyton Barber has a big gap up the gut and cashes in the hand-off for a 16-yard score. Buccaneers 17, Panthers 12.
10:43 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, PANTHERS. Slye’s attempt goes off the right post but is good from 51 yards. Two consecutive sacks by Shaquil Barrett stalled Carolina’s drive. Panthers 12, Buccaneers 10.
10:41 p.m.: Another big play from Newton to Olsen. This time it’s a 41-yard completion to the tight end and the Panthers are just outside of the redzone.
10:38 p.m.: Tampa Bay is forced to punt out of their own endzone on a three-and-out. Panthers will have decent field position.
10:31 p.m.: Pressure is on Newton again and it results in an errant incomplete pass. A once-promising drive ends with a punt.
10:29 p.m.: Newton goes to Olsen on first down and Olsen breaks away for a 33-yard gain.
10:28 p.m.: Second half is underway with a touchdown. Panthers to set up on offense.
First downs: Carolina 11, Tampa Bay 6
Net rushing: Carolina 32, Tampa Bay 25
Passing: Carolina 161, Tampa Bay 146
Total offense: Carolina 193, Tampa Bay 171
Turnovers: Carolina 0, Tampa Bay 0
Penalties: Carolina 2, Tampa Bay 6
Second quarter: Buccaneers 10, Panthers 9
10:14 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, PANTHERS. Slye hits a 54-yard field goal as the horn sounds for halftime. Buccaneers 10, Panthers 9.
10:05 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, BUCCANEERS. Chris Godwin is on the receiving end of a wide-open strike from Winston on a 20-yard score. Buccaneers 10, Panthers 6.
10:00 p.m.: Winston finds Evans deep for a 41-yard completion and the Bucs are within striking distance.
9:58 p.m.: Panthers go quietly on offense and punt it back to the Buccaneers. Wilson has trouble with the punt but falls back on it. Tampa Bay to start another drive.
9:54 p.m.: Carolina locks up Tampa’s next drive. Panthers will start within their own 10.
9:47 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, PANTHERS. Slye is perfect from 37 yards to give the Panthers the lead. Panthers 6, Buccaneers 3.
9:40 p.m.: Winston goes down on third-and-long and Tampa Bay is set to punt it back to Carolina. McCloud snags the punt and takes it 37 yards into Tampa territory.
9:34 p.m.: A penalty-filled drive ends with a batted pass on 3rd-and-19, forcing a Panthers punt.
First quarter: Buccaneers 3, Panthers 3
9:24 p.m.: Carolina forces a stop and get the ball back late in the first quarter. Ray-Ray McCloud muffs his second punt of the night but the Panthers retain possession.
9:19 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, PANTHERS. Joey Slye is good from 32 yards out to tie the game. Buccaneers 3, Panthers 3.
9:16 p.m.: Tampa Bay will be without a key defensive player the rest of the way:
First-round rookie LB Devin White (knee) out for the rest of the game
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) September 13, 2019
9:14 p.m.: Newton goes deep to Curtis Samuel down the left sideline for a 40-yard gain. Panthers in Tampa Bay territory.
9:11 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, BUCCANEERS. Matt Gay knocks home a 40-yard field goal for the first points of the game. Winston tried an endzone shot to Mike Evans on third down but it fell incomplete. Buccaneers 3, Panthers 0.
9:07 p.m.: Back underway at Bank of America Stadium after a 27-minute delay.
9:00 p.m.: We’re getting closer to resuming.
Fans are returning to their seats now.
— Tiffany Blackmon (@tiffblackmon) September 13, 2019
8:49 p.m.: According to the NFL Network, the game will resume at 9:05 p.m. ET.
8:41 p.m.: The game is currently on delay.
Stadium is being cleared right now. Lightening is in the area
— Tiffany Blackmon (@tiffblackmon) September 13, 2019
8:37 p.m.: Newton keeps it on a read option on 4th-and-short but is just shy of the first down after a measurement.
8:29 p.m.: Storms in the area will be monitored throughout the evening.
We’re going to see a lightning delay here for the start of the Panthers game so just be ready
— Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) September 13, 2019
8:26 p.m.: Panthers force an early punt and will set up their first drive at their own 10.
7:55 p.m. : Cam Newton is showing off yet another fancy outfit pre-game.
6:28 p.m. : Christian McCaffrey could set a Panthers franchise record before the night is over:
Christian McCaffrey needs 23 yards tonight to break DeAngelo Williams’ #Panthers all-time receiving record for a RB.
And while a changing game has accelerated CMC’s getting to that number, this is still incredible:
It took Williams 117 games to do it.
McCaffrey has played 33.
— Nick Carboni (@NickCarboniWCNC) September 12, 2019