Tale of the tape: Bucs vs. Panthers on the O-line

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

We'll really get into breaking down the crucial Monday night game between Tampa Bay and Carolina on Thursday when both teams return to practice. But it's not too early to start talking about the biggest game of the year (so far) in the NFC South.

There's been bickering all season between Tampa Bay and Carolina fans about who has the better offensive line. That's always a tough call to make and there aren't a lot of stats for offensive linemen to go by.

But, with a little help from STATS, we're going to compare the two lines by looking at penalties and sacks allowed. I'm going to use the top seven offensive linemen for each team because both have had to play backups because of injuries.