Browns at Panthers NFL Week 16 Capsule

BROWNS PANTHERS
SERIES LEADER 3-1
STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Pettine: 0-0 Rivera: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 30-0 vs. Bengals W 19-17 vs. Buccaneers
LAST GAME 11/28/10: Panthers 23 at Browns 24. Cleveland RB Peyton Hillis rushes for 131 yards & 3 TDs. Browns rookie CB Joe Haden records INT and S Abram Elam has 2 sacks.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/8/06: Panthers 20, Browns 12. Carolina WR Keyshawn Johnson catches 5 passes for 67 yards & TD. Panthers RB DeShaun Foster rushes for 106 yards.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Tom McCarthy, Adam Archuleta. SIRIUS: 140 (Cle.), 84 (Car.). XM: 228 (Car.).

STATS

PASSING Manziel (R): 15-27-143-0-2-39.6 Anderson: 65-97-701-5-0-105.2
RUSHING West (R): 153-579-3.8-3 Stewart: 138-636-4.6-3
RECEIVING Hawkins: 58-763-13.2-2 Olsen (TE): 81-960-11.9-6
OFFENSE 336.1 345.3
TAKE/GIVE +7 +1
DEFENSE 359.6 351.5
SACKS Kruger: 10 Addison, Johnson: 6.5
INTs Skrine: 4 Harper: 3
PUNTING Lanning: 44.2 Nortman: 44.5
KICKING Hartley (2013): 107 (41/41 PAT; 22/30 FG) Gano: 106 (28/28 PAT; 26/31 FG)

NOTES

BROWNS: Rookie QB JOHNNY MANZIEL will make 1st career road start. Scored 1st NFL TD in last road game (10-yard run vs. Buf. in Week 13)…Browns are only NFL team with 2 rookies with 500+ rushing yards – RBs TERRANCE WEST (579) & ISAIAH CROWELL (546). Crowell (undrafted) has 4 rush TDs in past 6 & is tied for most among NFL rookies (8). West (Round 3, No. 94 overall) leads team & ranks 2nd among AFC rookies with 579 rush yards…In past 18, WR JOSH GORDON has 107 rec. for 1,904 yards (105.7/game) & 9 TDs. In past 5 vs. NFC, has 480 rec. yards & 2 TDs, incl. 3 100-yard games…S DONTE WHITNER leads team with 92 tackles. Had FF in only meeting (11/10/13 with SF). LB PAUL KRUGER has career-high 10 sacks, incl. 4 in past 4. LB CRAIG ROBERTSON had INT last week. S JIM LEONHARD has INT in 2 of past 3…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON has won 3 of past 4 vs. AFC at home. Has 103.4 rating, 6 pass TDs & 1 rush TD in those 4. Needs 188 pass yards for 4th consecutive 3,000-yard season. QB DEREK ANDERSON has played 6 games & has 105.2 rating (5 TDs, 0 INTs), incl. 2-0 record as starter…RB JONATHAN STEWART has rushed for 313 yards (104.3 per game) & TD in past 3. Rushed for 98 yards & averaged 8.2 yards per carry (12 att.) in only meeting. RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS needs 154 rush yards to reach 7,000 for career…Among rookies, WR KELVIN BENJAMIN is 2nd with 952 rec. yards, ties for 2nd with 9 rec. TDs & ranks 3rd with 67 catches. TE GREG OLSEN has TD catch in 5 of past 7 vs. AFC. Has 8 TDs in past 11 vs. AFC. Had 10 catches for 110 yards last week, his 2nd consecutive 10-catch game. Has career-high 81 catches & 960 yards…LB LUKE KUECHLY has 39 tackles in 3 games vs. AFC this season & aims for 4th in row vs. AFC with 10+ tackles. Since entering NFL in 2012, leads league with 458 tackles. DE CHARLES JOHNSON has 11.5 sacks in past 18 vs. AFC. Has 6.5 sacks in past 10, incl. 0.5 sack & FF last week. DE MARIO ADDISON has career-high 6.5 sacks, tied with Johnson for team lead.

Browns at Panthers Wednesday Injury Report

CLEVELAND BROWNS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Tashaun Gipson (knee), CB Joe Haden (shoulder), WR Marlon Moore (knee), T Joe Thomas (not injury related), CB K’Waun Williams (hamstring)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Gary Barnidge (rib), LB Karlos Dansby (knee), CB Robert Nelson (hamstring), LB Jabaal Sheard (foot)
CAROLINA PANTHERS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Roman Harper (thigh), LB A.J. Klein (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Cam Newton (back), G Amini Silatolu (knee), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Thomas Davis (knee)

Buccaneers vs Panthers NFL Week 15 Inactives

Buccaneers: WR Robert Herron, WR Solomon Patton, S Major Wright, LB Mason Foster, OT Anthony Collins, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, DT Clinton McDonald.

Panthers:
QB Cam Newton, RB DeAngelo Williams, OT David Foucault, S Robert Lester, OG Amini Silatolu, CB James Dockery, DT Micanor Regis

Video: CBS NFL Week 15 Preivew – Buccaneers at Panthers

Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 15 matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers.

Video: Cam Newton Update

Jason La Canfora has the latest on Cam Newton and what it means for the Panthers moving forward.

Cam Newton Thankful to Be Alive Following Crash

Cam Newton is thankful to be alive after escaping a horrific-looking automobile accident without any life-threatening injuries, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

The Panthers quarterback posted a lengthy introspective message to his Instagram account late Wednesday night with a photo of his mangled truck.

“By the look of that picture SoMEone is supposed to be dead or severely injured worse than what I am right now,” Newton posted. “While I am resting up the thought that keeps flashing in my mind is that GOD IS GOOD and someone has (their) protective hands on my life shielding me from danger that may come my way!”

Newton fractured two bones in his lower back when his truck crashed and overturned one block from the team’s downtown stadium, but will not need surgery. Coach Ron Rivera said Newton, who has started 60 of 61 games during his career, will not play Sunday against Tampa Bay.

“I won’t expose him,” Rivera said. “I don’t want to put him in a bad position.”

Newton, 25, did not practice with the team Wednesday, but Rivera said he is likely to return to the facility on Thursday.

Newton thanked those who have sent thoughts and prayers, adding: . “This accident puts A LOT of things in perspective of what’s important and what’s not!”

Buccaneers vs Panthers NFL Week 15 Game Capsule

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-11) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-8-1)

SERIES

BUCCANEERS PANTHERS
SERIES LEADER 17-11
STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 4-3 Rivera: 5-2
LAST WEEK L 34-17 at Lions W 41-10 at Saints
LAST GAME 9/7/14: Panthers 20 at Buccaneers 14. Carolina TE Greg Olsen catches 8 passes for 83 yards & TD. Panthers rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin adds 6 receptions for 92 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/1/13: Panthers 27, Buccaneers 6. Carolina QB Cam Newton throws for 263 yards & has 3 total TDs (2 pass, 1 rush). Panthers WR Ted Ginn Jr. has 36-yard TD reception.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Dick Stockton, Brady Quinn, Kristina Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 92 (TB), 136 (Car.). XM: 226 (Car.).

STATS

PASSING McCown: 145-250-1790-9-11-73.9 Newton: 234-401-2812-16-11-81.8
RUSHING Rainey: 94-406-4.3-1 Stewart: 116-563-4.9-3
RECEIVING Jackson: 60-861-14.4-2 Olsen (TE): 71-850-12.0-6
OFFENSE 307.4 341.8
TAKE/GIVE -8 -1
DEFENSE 364.8 356.5
SACKS McCoy: 8.5 Addison, Johnson: 6
INTs Banks: 4 (T2C) Harper: 3
PUNTING Koenen: 40.3 Nortman: 45.0
KICKING Murray (R): 75 (27/27 PAT; 16/20 FG) Gano: 93 (27/27 PAT; 22/26 FG)

NOTES

BUCCANEERS: QB JOSH MC COWN aims for 3rd in row vs. Car. with 2+ pass TDs…RB DOUG MARTIN rushed for 138 yards in only game at Car. RB BOBBY RAINEY had TD catch in Week 1…Rookie WR MIKE EVANS had 2 TDs last week & has 8 TDs in past 6. Leads NFL rookies with 10 rec. TDs & 935 rec. yards. Averages 16.4 yards per catch, most by rookie (min. 40 catches). WR VINCENT JACKSON had 10 catches for 159 yards last week. Is 2nd on team with 861 rec. yards & needs 139 for 6th career 1,000-yard season…LB LAVONTE DAVID has 30 tackles, sack & INT in past 3 meetings. Since 2013, is only player in NFL with 250+ tackles (265), 5+ sacks (7) & 5+ INTs (5). Leads team with 121 tackles. DT GERALD MC COY had sack in Week 1. Has 6.5 sacks in past 7 & 16 sacks in past 20. LB JACQUIES SMITH has 5 sacks in past 4, incl. 2 sacks last week. CB JOHNTHAN BANKS has INT in 4 of past 8. Leads team with 10 PD. DE LARRY ENGLISH had sack & FF last week…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON has won past 2 starts vs. TB. In 6 career starts vs. TB, is 4-2 with 102.9 rating, 10 pass TDs & 6 rush TDs. Last week, had 3 pass TDs with 114 rating & rushed for 83 yards & TD. Has 4 career games with 200+ pass yards, 2+ pass TDs, 80+ rush yards & 1+ rush TD, most in NFL…RB JONATHAN STEWART has 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in past 9 meetings. Has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 6 at home vs. TB. Rushed for 155 yards & TD (69 yards) last week. RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS has 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.) in past 12 meetings. Has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5 vs. TB at home…Rookie WR KELVIN BENJAMIN had 6 catches for 92 yards & TD in NFL debut vs. TB. Is 2nd among rookies with 9 rec. TDs & 848 rec. yards. Ties for 2nd among rookies with 59 catches. TE GREG OLSEN had 8 catches for 83 yards & TD in Week 1. Had 10 catches for 72 yards & TD last week…LB LUKE KUECHLY had 9 tackles, sack & FF in Week 1. Since entering NFL in 2012, leads league with 452 tackles. DE CHARLES JOHNSON aims for 3rd in row at home with sack. Has sack in 6 of past 9 games.

Bucs at Panthers Wednesday Injury Report

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Wednesday RB Bobby Rainey (ankle)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Mason Foster (achilles), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Lavonte David (concussion), DT Gerald McCoy (knee), TE Brandon Myers (calf), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back), S Major Wright (ribs)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Anthony Collins (elbow)
CAROLINA PANTHERS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday C Ryan Kalil (not injury related), QB Cam Newton (back), G Chris Scott (foot), G Amini Silatolu (knee), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB A.J. Klein (knee), TE Greg Olsen (knee), RB Jonathan Stewart (hip)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR Corey Brown (shoulder)
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