Panthers Easily Rout Buccaneers To Win 8th Straight
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By Danny Cox
Two winning streaks went up against each other on Sunday, and one of them had to come to an end. When all was said and done, it was the longer win streak of the Carolina Panthers that carried on and the three-game streak of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came crashing to an end.
The Carolina Panthers have proven to everyone that they are a true force to be reckoned with in the NFC and the NFL as a whole. Eight wins in a row is nothing to take lightly, and many thought that a slight slip against the Miami Dolphins might turn into trouble against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Again though, the Panthers have proven everyone wrong and continue moving forward.
Next up, the New Orleans Saints.
Coaching Grade: B+
Coach Ron Rivera tried to open up the running game a bit more this week and that was easily done because Carolina got the lead by the second quarter and didn’t relinquish it. It worked as a whole, but again, no one running back stands out whatsoever and they just can’t get a good game from one single person.
Overall, the team played well and it was a nicely called game all around.
Offense Grade: A
Again, it was a nicely called game from the coaches, but there are still some issues on offense. Quarterback Cam Newton had a good game completing 18-of-29 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns. Newton was kept upright and didn’t get sacked but he did throw two interceptions on the day. Greg Olsen had a good day with 85 yards on five receptions.
The Carolina running game piled up the yards with a total of 163 on the day. However, Newton had 68 of those yards and 56 of them came on one big run play. Mike Tolbert had 48 yards while Jonathan Stewart had just 39. Stewart’s 39 yards though came on 14 carries for an awful YPC average of 2.8.
There has got to be someone to break out soon, but for now, rushing yards by committee will work.
Defense Grade: A+
Carolina’s defense delivered yet another stellar performance giving up a mere 206 yards to the Bucs and causing two turnovers while only giving up six points. Let’s not forget that they also racked up five sacks of Mike Glennon for a total loss of 40 yards. It was just a great game all around and not enough can be said about them.
Special Teams Grade: B+
Graham Gano continues to be as consistent as ever with two completed field goals and three extra points.
Ted Ginn Jr. shined in his receiving performance on offense but his return game was above average as well.
Brad Nortman had another fantastic day punting the ball away and pinning the Bucs deep in their own territory. He punted three times for a 46.0 average and a long of 55 yards with one downed inside the 20. Nortman is easily a secret weapon for Carolina.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. Danny is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.