Tampa Bay at Carolina,

1 p.m.

"I'm pretty sure that's going to happen. I've just got to stay positive about the whole situation, and I'm happy for him. He deserves the opportunity to start."

Panthers RB Stephen Davis, apparently conceding the starter's role in today's game to DeShaun Foster,

to the Charlotte Observer

Wide receivers whose reputations are built on speed aren't supposed be having career years at age 34. Yet here is the Buccaneers' Joey Galloway, looking fresh for 1998. His eight touchdown catches this season are tied for fourth in the league, he has set a career high with 1,075 receiving yards, and his 63 catches are nine short of his personal standard.

Even more impressive, Galloway has done it with young former backup QB Chris Simms and little help from the Bucs' other wide receivers. Michael Clayton, who had a breakout rookie season in 2004, has 28 catches for 323 yards and no touchdowns. No other Tampa Bay wideout has more than 174 yards or one scoring grab. Sounds like Panthers star WR Steve Smith, whose league-high 1,226 yards are nearly five times as many as any other Carolina wideout.

Defensively, Tampa Bay has allowed one touchdown in its past two games, and that was on a one-yard drive after a turnover. The Panthers, over the past seven games, are allowing fewer than 240 total yards per game with 27 sacks.

Wide receiver Joey Galloway has been flexing his muscle for Tampa Bay.