Cam Newton and the Panthers are soaring in Tampa up 24-12 at the half

TPP Halftime Report

Buccaneers 12, Panthers 24

It’s been an ugly season so far for the Bucs and this game against the soon to be third place Panthers is the theme song to it all.

Even against an absolutely terrible team, the Bucs still manage to look inferior for a large majority of the game. We all should hav expected this however, no one should be too shocked. Nothing the Buccaneers have dining in the duration of this five game skid gives credence to the astonishment some are feeling towards the style and production of play in Tampa.

Josh Freeman is inactive with a shoulder injury which should have been an omen. Josh Johnson got the start and hasn’t been too bad and has actually looked like a decent backup quarterback. He has 109 but has only completed 5 passes.

LeGarrette Blount has seldom taken care of this poor Panthers run defense, going just 9 yards so far today.

The Bucs have had a few bug plays but that’s it. A 42 yard pass to Mike Williams has been the best offense highlight in a few weeks but the Bucs have stayed out of the endzone. The teams leading scorer Connor Barth has 12 more points on 4 field goals.

The defense has been impressive in only a way the Bucs defense can. Heave allowed 21 points and a rushing TD to Cam Newton but have also been planting him in the ground and forcing bad passes.

Da’Quan Bowers is having a breakout game and is showing us they Bowers that was at one time a top 5 prospect. Adrian Clayborn has been flying off the end and those two guys give optimism to the the future.

But other then that, the present is very ugly and unpleasant to watch. Tampa allowed the Panthers to march down the field with under a minute left to get three more points before the half. But despite the vast negativity, the Bucs are only down 12 points and get the ball after the half. A quick score there and all of a sudden it’s a 5 point 24-19 game.

The Bucs can still win this and even if they do a top tier draft pick is still in the cards. Right now pride is on the line and we will see how much this youngry team values that.

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