Dec, 24, 2011; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) scores a touchdown in the third quarter as Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Tanard Jackson (36) defends. The Panthers defeated the Buccaneers 48-16 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - With Cam Newton coming to town, Tampa Bay's overhauled defense is bracing for a stern test in its debut under coach Greg Schiano.
Newton's Carolina Panthers routed the Buccaneers twice a year ago, with the versatile young quarterback throwing for four touchdowns and running for four more in the meetings between the NFC South rivals.
Schiano inherited a defense that allowed a NFL-high and franchise-record 494 points while also ranking 30th among 32 teams in total yards allowed and dead last in rushing defense and sacks last season.
Newton threw a NFL rookie-record 4,051 yards in 2011. He also accounted for 35 touchdowns, 21 passing and a league quarterback record 14 rushing.
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