Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10/24/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Carolina Panthers 31, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13
October 24, 2013
The Week 8 edition of “Thursday Night Football” may not have looked like much on paper, but this NFC South matchup could end up having playoff implications down the road. The Carolina Panthers showed up in Tampa Bay with a 3-3 record and a two-game win streak to their credit. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers just wanted to salvage anything positive from their winless performance thus far, and a primetime victory against a divisional opponent would certainly have been a good start.
Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and the key players from the game, so that we can see exactly how everything played out. We’ll also be glancing forward to Week 9 to see what we can expect from both teams in the near future.
What Happened: This was likely a not-so-entertaining game to everyone but Panthers fans. The Buccaneers were never really in it, as Carolina posted a pair of touchdowns--one on a Cam Newton pass to Greg Olsen and one on a 12-yard DeAngelo Williams run--to make it 14-6 at halftime.
The onslaught continued after the break, as the Panthers put up 17 unanswered points to put the game out of reach. Both touchdowns would come through Newton, as he posted a rushing score and a 3-yard pass TD to red zone weapon Mike Tolbert. Tampa Bay could only muster a late garbage-time touchdown in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring, but by then it was too little, too late.
Carolina moves above .500 to 4-3 with the victory, while the Buccaneers remain one of the two winless teams in the NFL at 0-7.
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The Stars: Newton will get most of the credit for this one, but the Panthers are rolling through a team effort on both sides of the football. For his part, Newton posted an efficient 23-for-32 passing line for 221 yards, two touchdowns and a rushing score. He led the team in rushing yards--to the surprise of exactly no one--with 11 carries for 50 yards. Yardage-wise, Ted Ginn, Jr. was the biggest beneficiary of the passing game, posting five grabs for 80 yards.
On the other side, we’ll give Mike Glennon some credit, as he was very careful with the football--especially considering what he was asked to do. He completed 30 of his 51 passes for 275 yards and a score.
We’ll also give kicker Ryan Lindell his due: he nailed both of his field goals, one from 48 yards; the other from 47.
The Goats: Not having Doug Martin really hurt the Buccaneers. They were forced to hand rushing duties to replacement RB Mike James, who rushed for just 38 yards on 10 carries. As a team, Tampa Bay only managed 48 yards on the ground.
Ball security was also something of an issue, as there were three fumbles throughout the game (one lost).
Defensively, the team was floundering without one of their centerpieces, safety Dashon Goldson.
Injuries: In addition to being without Goldson and Martin, the Buccaneers also lacked RB Jeff Demps and WR Chris Owusu. The extended rest will do them some good, as they’ve got a lengthy injury list.
For the Panthers, they came in pretty clean, with only DT Dwan Edwards and CB Josh Thomas missing. DL Charles Johnson had to leave the game with an injury, however.
Outlook: In Week 9, the Panthers will get another opportunity to improve their divisional record, as they’ll be welcoming the Atlanta Falcons to town.
The Buccaneers get the unenviable task of playing the Seattle Seahawks in their own stadium--one of the most notoriously difficult places for visiting teams to play.
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