Panthers vs. Bucs Recap

The Panthers have placed 17 guys on injured reserve this season, but watching them today you wouldn’t know it. Carolina moved the ball down field with ease as they cruised to a 48-16 victory, while racking up 433 yards of total offense. Cam Newton broke Peyton Manning’s single-season rookie passing record, throwing for 171 yards and three scores. And Brandon LaFell continued to showcase his progression from last year as he hauled in 3 catches for 103 yards, and a touchdown. The defense played extremely aggressive, holding the Buccaneers to just over 300 yards of offense, and forcing three turnovers on the day.

What impressed me the most today was how efficiently the Panthers were able to run the ball. They gained 270 yards on the ground off of just 31 carries. Jonathan Stewart was the leading rusher, averaging over 12 yards per carry while gaining 88 yards rushing. Over the last couple weeks we’ve seen fewer pass attempts from the offense and an increase of the three-headed rushing attack consisting of Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams, and Cam Newton. And it has made a huge difference, seeing as how the Panthers have won four out of their last five games. I was also very pleased with how the defense held up today. There are not many teams in the NFL, if any, that have had more injuries on defense than Carolina. However, the past couple weeks they have been able to cause turnovers and keep opposing offenses in check. Jordan Senn, a guy who was buried behind the depth chart at the beginning of the season, has been a huge bright spot this year. He led the team today with 10 tackles.

Other than allowing the Bucs to complete a couple third-and-longs, I can honestly say I have no negative things to say about the Panthers performance. However, they did allow to Josh Freeman to complete a very high percentage of his passes, but that is something that has happened also season long, and is going to continue to happen until they receive some upgrades at that position.

The Panthers continue to progress and get better, and become more experienced with each passing week. You can tell that the team morale has is on the rise and everybody is excited about what they can achieve next year.

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  • SorianoJoe

    I honestly don’t get why the Bucs benched LeGarrette Blount. Sure that fumble was costly, but benching their best offensive player was even worse. They weren’t able to effectively take advantage of the Panthers biggest weakness on defense; their inability to tackle. Kregg Lumpkin isn’t a threat at all, and the Panthers had this one in the bag; no shock here. I don’t think much can be taken out of this game, other than the Bucs stink and the Panthers are headed in the right direction.

  • SlateSchwertner

    @SorianoJoe Blount has had problems all year with controling the ball, and Raheem Morris has to start watching his back side. Blount’s the kind of player that a benching actually helps, because next week, he’s going to work his tail off to put up the best numbers.

  • SorianoJoe

    It wasn’t all Blount’s fault, and I don’t agree with the logic. I know that’s what Morris was thinking, you don’t take out your quarterback just because they threw a pick. I mean, Freeman wasn’t taken out after that awful pick that Nelson lapped up. Nor should he be subbed. What I’m saying is that the Bucs benched Blount and pretty much decided on disciplining a player over nothing instead of actually letting him play and help the team win. Sure Blount’s gonna work his tail off, but I think he would have done the same even after the fumble. Benching a star doesn’t solve this sort of a problem; it really should only be used for players who are consistently struggling in the game, have a bad attitude, or were in an off-the-field incident.