Bucs (3-4) at Pan­thers (5-2)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - WEEK 9 MATCHUPS -

Sun­day, 1 p.m. ET, Bank of Amer­ica Sta­dium, Char­lotte, North Carolina

TV: Fox

Danny Sheri­dan’s by 6

Buc­ca­neers’ keys to vic­tory: The Buc­ca­neers will be start­ing QB Ryan Fitz­patrick over Jameis Win­ston af­ter a series of sloppy, turnover-plagued per­for­mances. If Fitz­patrick takes bet­ter care of the ball than Win­ston has, Tampa Bay has a shot at an up­set. WR Mike Evans only has a 48% ca­reer catch rate fac­ing the Pan­thers. De­fen­sively, the Bucs are led by LB Lavonte David but are short LB Kwon Alexan­der, who tore his ACL in Week 7. They will need to keep an eye out for de­signed runs by QB Cam New­ton and limit the elu­sive Chris­tian McCaffrey’s yards af­ter con­tact.

Pan­thers’ keys to vic­tory: Sec­ond-year RT Tay­lor Mo­ton has been solid in pass pro­tec­tion since the dev­as­tat­ing train­ing camp in­jury to OT Daryl Wil­liams. He will need to stop DE Ja­son-Pierre Paul, who leads the Bucs in sacks with eight. C Ryan Kalil and the guards must do the same against star DT Ger­ald McCoy. QB Cam New­ton should look more of­ten for rookie WR DJ Moore, who had a break­out game run­ning and catch­ing the ball last week vs. Bal­ti­more.

Matchup to watch: Buc­ca­neers WR DeSean Jack­son vs. Pan­thers CB Donte Jack­son. You won’t find a one-on-one matchup with more com­bined speed. Jack­son long has been one of the NFL’s best deep-ball catch­ers and still has jets at 31. Jack­son, a rookie, ran the fastest 40-yard time at this year’s com­bine.

Who wins? Carolina has won eight of the teams’ last 10 meet­ings and also has a nine-game home win­ning streak over­all.

Pan­thers, 30-20 line: Pan­thers BUC­CA­NEERS SCHED­ULE

W...at New Or­leans... 48-40 W ..... Philadel­phia ..... 27-21 L ....... Pitts­burgh ....... 30-27 L ........ at Chicago ........ 48-10 Oct. 7 ................ Bye ............... L ........ at At­lanta ........ 34-29 W... Cleve­land... 26-23 (OT) L ...... at Cincin­nati ...... 37-34 Nov. 4 ....... at Carolina ....... 1 Nov. 11 ..... Wash­ing­ton ..... 1 Nov. 18 ...at N.Y. Gi­ants ... 1 Nov. 25 ...San Fran­cisco ...1 Dec.2 ......... Carolina ......... 1 Dec. 9 ..... New Or­leans ..... 1 Dec. 16 .... at Bal­ti­more .... 1 Dec. 23 ........ at Dal­las ........ 1 Dec. 30 ........ At­lanta ......... 1

W ............ Dal­las ............ 16-8 L ....... atAt­lanta ....... 31-24 W ...... Cincin­nati ...... 31-21 Sept.30 ............ Bye ............ W ...... N.Y.Gi­ants ...... 33-31 L...atWash­ing­ton ...23-17 W .. at Philadel­phia .. 21-17 W ....... Bal­ti­more ....... 36-21 Nov. 4 ...... Tampa Bay ...... 1 Nov. 8 . at Pitts­burgh . 8:20 Nov. 18 ...... at Detroit ...... 1 Nov.25 ........ Seat­tle ........ 1 Dec. 2 ... at Tampa Bay ... 1 Dec.9 .... atCleve­land .... 1 Dec. 17 New Or­leans 8:15 Dec. 23 ........ At­lanta ........ 1 Dec. 30 at New Or­leans 1

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