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GAMEDAY: Panthers at Buccaneers

Carolina Panthers (3-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2)

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With a 27-22 victory last week vs. New Orleans, the Carolina Panthers enter a Week Four matchup at Tampa Bay with a 3-0 record for the first time since 2003. The Buccaneers will present the Panthers with their second straight NFC South Division foe in a game that matches two recent Heisman Trophy winners and No. 1-overall NFL Draft choices at quarterback in Carolina’s Cam Newton and Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston.

Last week, Carolina earned the victory over New Orleans, behind big offensive performances from Newton and tight end Greg Olsen. Newton posted his second consecutive game with two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown while Olsen scored two touchdowns and established a career high with 134 yards receiv- ing. Defensively, cornerback Josh Norman sealed the victory with a leaping interception in the end zone. Last week, Tampa Bay moved to 1-2 on the season with a 19-9 loss at Houston.

— From Press Release

Carolina added more firepower to its pass rush last week, trading for Bears DE Jared Allen and picking up rookie DE Ryan Delaire from the Redskins’ practice squad. Allen will start immediately at Right Defensive End, while it’s not clear immediately if Delaire will be in the rotation or not. We’ll find out today at around 11:30 when the team announces their inactive list.

Allen, who the Bears had as an outside 3-4 Linebacker, is one of the NFL’s most prolific sack artists of the last 10 years and has notched 134 sacks through 12 NFL seasons. The Panthers will pay Allen $823,000 this season.

DE Wes Horton was waived to make way for OT David Foucault, who was needed to provide tackle depth. OL Amini Silatolu suffered a high ankle sprain in practice last week, and with Daryl Williams already on the shelf until after the bye week with a knee injury, the Panthers were extremely thin at Tackle.