This year’s Bucs-Panthers matchups are almost like family reunions for three key members of the teams, as Bucs special teams coach Dave Wannstedt gave Bucs head coach Greg Schiano and Panthers head coach Ron Rivera their first coaching jobs in the pro ranks. While head coach of the Bears, Wannstedt hired Schiano as a defensive assistant in 1996 and Rivera as a defensive quality control coach in 1997.
Did you know?
QB Mike Glennon has five two-touchdown passing games this year, the most by a Bucs rookie. And with 74 more passing yards this season, Glennon will surpass Josh Freeman (1,855) for the most passing yards by a rookie in team history.
By the numbers
The Bucs led the NFL in interceptions (nine) and takeaways (12) during November. The Bucs have 22 takeaways on the year (seven fumble recoveries, 15 interceptions), the fourth-most in the league.
Quote of the day
“I’m thankful for being alive, for my parents raising me the right way, for the friends who’ve stuck by me through the tough times and for being able to play the game I love.”
— Bucs MLB Mason Foster, on what he’s thankful for this Thanksgiving
Bucs — CB Darrelle Revis (groin) and G Carl Nicks (foot) did not participate. LB Adam Hayward (foot), G Davin Joseph (knee), G Jamon Meredith (ankle), DT Akeem Spence and LB Mason Foster (concussion) were full go.
Panthers — WR Steve Smith (knee), RB DeAngelo Williams (quad) and TE Ben Hartsock (knee) did not participate. RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle), RB Mike Tolbert (knee) were limited. T Jordan Gross (non injury related) was full go.
Sunday: at Carolina, 1 p.m.
Dec. 8: Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Dec. 15: San Francisco, 1 p.m.
Dec. 22: at St. Louis, 1 p.m.