When: 7:25 p.m.
TV: NFL Network
Line: Panthers by 6
Last meeting: Buccaneers won 27-21 (OT) on Nov. 18, 2012
Lowdown: It’s another Thursday night TV yawner. Not for no-nonsense receiver Steve Smith and the Panthers, who are looking to battle their way into the NFC South race. Carolina has yet to beat a team above .500 and won’t get the chance until Nov. 10 at San Francisco. The Buccaneers’ woeful season took another bad turn when top running back Doug Martin hurt a shoulder in Sunday’s loss to Atlanta. He is out for the game.
Prediction: Panthers 23-14