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Thursday, Oct 02, 2014
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Bucs hot reads: Defense tough on first down

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Did you know?

No defense in the NFC has been more stingy than Tampa Bay’s on first down:

Team Avg. yds allowed on first down

Browns 3.87

Bengals 4.15

Jets 4.49

Bucs 4.54

Texans 4.70

League average 5.42

By the numbers

94: Penalties called against the Bucs, tops in the NFL and 25 more than the league average.

894: Penalty yardage against the Bucs, tops in the NFL and 296 more than the league average.

257: Number of tackles by Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly since 2012, tops in the NFL.

Quote of the day

“He is a consummate professional. I’m confident he’s going to rebound and make some kicks for us down the stretch.”

— Bucs coach Greg Schiano on veteran Rian Lindell, who hooked a pair of field goal attempts last week at Detroit.

Injury report

Bucs G Carl Nicks (foot) is out for Sunday’s game at Carolina and CB Darrelle Revis (groin) is questionable. LBs Mason Foster (concussion) and Adam Hayward (foot) are probable, along with rookie DT Akeem Spence (wrist) and guards Davin Joseph (knee) and Jamon Meredith (ankle).

The Panthers will be missing at least two starters, with DE Charles Johnson and G Chris Scott both out with knee injuries. TE Ben Hartsock (knee) is doubtful, while RBs Jonathan Stewart (ankle), Mike Tolbert (knee) and DeAngelo Williams (quad) are all listed as questionable, along with LB Chase Blackburn (foot).

Upcoming schedule

Sunday: at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Dec. 8: Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Dec. 15: San Fran, 1 p.m.

Dec. 22: at St. Louis, 1 p.m.

Dec. 29: at N. Orleans, 1 p.m.

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