The Tampa Bay Buccaneers three game-winning streak is over.
The Bucs were humbled Sunday afternoon as the Carolina Panthers surged to their eighth straight win with a 27-6 victory.
Carolina dominated the Bucs offensively and defensively, as Greg Schiano’s team struggled all game long and fell to 3-9 on the season.
Offensively, the Bucs wasted a couple of prime opportunities in the red zone, only managing three points from their two trips inside the 20. Lindell gave the Bucs the lead on a 27-yarder but on their next trip to the end zone, when they were trailing 7-6, Mike Glennon fumbled as he tried to throw the football on third down, a play that epitomized how the day would go for the Bucs.
That was the closest the Bucs would get to scoring again as Cam Newton and co. took over the game. Newton extended the Carolina lead to 17-6 with a one-yard run on fourth down in the last minute of the first half, then was added to by a 36-yard pass from Newton to Ted Ginn Jr and a 22-yard Graham Gano field goal in the second half.
While the Bucs have plenty to worry about after this showing, their biggest concern lies in the status of star cornerback Darrelle Revis, who for the second week running left the game with an injury.
Glennon was average at best; completing 14 of 21 passes for 180 yards. He inexplicably threw a ball intended for Vincent Jackson into triple coverage which was easily intercepted. Jackson had three catches for 75 yards; Tiquan Underwood had three grabs for 51 yards.
The Bucs couldn’t get their running game going again as for the second straight week Bobby Rainey couldn’t establish a solid rushing attack. He finished with 63 yards on 17 carries.
Defensively the Bucs couldn’t get to Newton at all. While they had spells of pressure on the quarterback, they never got to him once and Newton did well to run out of trouble, including a 56-yarder that helped set-up Carolina’s opening touchdown.
Mark Barron led the team with 10 tackles, while Mason Foster and Lavonte David had nine each. David and Keith Tandy both had an interception in a small positive on what was an overall disappointing day for the Bucs.