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That’s not to say the Saints don’t want Brees back
CAROLINA (3-2) vs. TAMPA BAY (2-3) in LondonSunday Aaron Lynch Jersey , 9:30 a.m. ET, NFL NetworkOPENING LINE - Panthers by 3RECORD VS. SPREAD - Carolina 3-2, Tampa Bay 2-3SERIES RECORD - Panthers lead 23-15LAST MEETING - Bucs beat Panthers 20-14, Sept. 12, 2019LAST WEEK - Panthers beat Jaguars 34-27; Bucs lost to Saints 31-24AP PRO32 RANKING - Panthers No. 17, Bucs No. 23PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (4), PASS (23).PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (8) Kevin White Color Rush Jersey , RUSH (24), PASS (4).BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (19), PASS (12).BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (2), PASS (32).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Panthers won nine of 13 in series but lost first meeting at home this year. ... Carolina playing first international game in franchise history. ... Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey's 866 yards from scrimmage second most through five games in NFL history to Jim Brown's 988 in 1963. ... Panthers QB Kyle Allen won all four career starts with seven TDs, no INTs. Allen first QB in Super Bowl era to win first four starts with no INTs. ... Carolina lost last eight starts with Cam Newton at QB. ... Panthers second in NFL with 20 sacks. ... Coach Ron Rivera won 74th game with Carolina last week , breaking John Fox's franchise record for coach. ... Bucs 0-2 all-time in London, losing to New England (2009) and Chicago (2011). ... Tampa Bay DE Shaquil Barrett leads league with nine sacks, one of five players in NFL history with at least nine in first five games. Barrett had three in first meeting with Panthers. ... Bucs lead NFL allowing 3.12 yards per catch and rank second with 69.8 yards rushing per game allowed. ... Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston's 1,371 yards passing are most in team history through five games; 11 TD passes rank second. ... Winston has 99 career TD passes. ... Bucs allowed more than 300 yards passing past four weeks. ... Fantasy tip: Tampa Bay WR Chris Godwin has been Winston's No. 1 target all season. Godwin leads NFL with six TD catches, ranks third with 511 yards receiving. Godwin had eight catches for 121 yards, one TD in first meeting with Carolina. No Drew Brees? No problem.That would have sounded crazy to say about the Saints when Brees suffered the thumb injury that knocked him out for much of this season, but the Saints dominated the Bears 36-25 today and improved to 5-0 in games Teddy Bridgewater has started this season.Bridgewater completed 23 of 38 passes for 281 yards, with two touchdowns and no turnovers. He played very well against a good Bears defense David Montgomery Jersey , and showed that the Saints are just fine with Brees sidelined.That’s not to say the Saints don’t want Brees back — he’s expected back soon, and he’ll start over Bridgewater — but the Saints are showing that they’re a complete team, and not just a team that wins because of their Hall of Fame quarterback.The Bears, on the other hand, have a very serious problem with their young quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky. He looked promising last year in his first season playing in coach Matt Nagy’s offense, but he was a major disappointment today. The Bears’ offense couldn’t get anything going, with Chicago’s only touchdown before garbage time coming on a Cordarrelle Patterson kickoff return.Much of the game was garbage time. That time helped Trubisky pad his stats and gave the Bears the opportunity to recover an onside kick after zero onside kicks had previously been recovered all season. But garbage time also saw Saints cornerback Eli Apple suffer an injury.The Saints are now 6-1 Tarik Cohen Color Rush Jersey , and the only game they lost was the one when Brees got hurt. New Orleans appears poised to run away with the NFC South.Chicago, on the other hand, fell to 3-3 and is two games back in the NFC North. They need that Trubisky-led offense to get better in a hurry.

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