Bucs vs Panthers Week 13 Instant Reaction

Published by Cory Hays on

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7) hosted the Carolina Panthers (6-5) in a divisional game at Raymond James Stadium. Lets get started. 


Jameis Winston went 20/30 for 249 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT. Jameis finished with a 114.4 rating. Winston has now gone back to back weeks without a turnover. He is playing very smart with the ball and not forcing it when he doesn’t have to. It’s going to be interesting to see how he plays the final 4 games of the season.

Cam Newton went 28/41 for 300 yards, 2 TD and 4 INT. Newton finished with a 66.2 rating. Cam was rattled all day long by the pressure from the Buccaneers Defense and the secondary was making him pay for it. Cam said he’s playing the best ball of his career but if 4 INTs in a game is the best ball then I don’t know what to say anymore. 



Jameis Winston led all Buccaneers rushers with 5 rushes for 48 yards. Winston continues to pull the ball down and run and it is helping this offense extend drives and extend plays. Peyton Barber rushed 16 times for 41 yards and 1 TD. Barber should’ve had 2 TD but the refs ruled he fumbled on the goal line on top of a Buccaneer. Ronald Jones rushes 4 times for 2 yards.

Christian McCaffrey rushed 10 times for 106 yards. Cam Newton rushed 6 times for 33 yards. DJ Moore rushed 2 times for 21 yards. Curtis Samuel rushed 1 time for 8 yards.


Chris Godwin led all Bucs receivers with 5 receptions for 101 yards and 1 TD. Adam Humphries has 7 receptions for 61 yards and 1 TD. Mike Evans had 4 catches for 48 yards. Cameron Brate had 3 catches for 36 yards. 

Curtis Samuel had 6 catches for 88 yards. Christian McCaffrey had 9 catches for 55 yards and 1 TD. Ian Thomas had 5 catches for 46 yards. Jarius Wright had 2 catches for 44 yards. DJ Moore had 4 catches for 44 yards. Greg Olsen had 1 catch for 13 yards. Devin Funchess had 1 catch for 10 yards and a TD. 


The Buccaneers Offensive Line gave up 4 sacks for 29 yards. Donovan Smith gave up a sack on back to back plays deep in Buccaneer territory. He has been inconsistent this year and we can’t have that at the position which is the blind spot for a QB. Ali Marpet has been consistent all year long. Caleb Benenoch needs to be replaced because we cannot run the ball to the right side.

The Panthers Offensive Line gave up 4 sacks for 24 yards. They were consistently giving up pressure to the Buccaneers Defensive Line all game long. 


The Buccaneers Defensive Line came to play in this game. The Bucs D Line combined for 7 QB hits and 2 sacks. Jason Pierre-Paul has 3 tackles and 1 sack. Vinny Curry has 1 tackle which was a sack. Gerald McCoy had 1 tackle and 2 QB hits. Will Gholston had 1 tackle. Vita Vea had 1 tackle. Carl Nassib didn’t record a tackle but had 2 QB hits and could’ve had 2 sacks if Cam Newton wasn’t his size.

The Panthers Defensive Line recorded 4 sacks on Jameis Winston on the day. Dontari Poe has 3 tackles and 1 sack. Kawann Short has 3 tackles and 1 sack. Efe Obada had 2 tackles and 1 sack. Julius Peppers had 1 tackle. Mario Addison had 1 tackle and 0.5 sack. 


The Buccaneers Linebackers finally got their star Lavonte David back after a few weeks of being out. Lavonte David led the Bucs with 12 tackles, 1 pass breakup, and 1 sack. Adarius Taylor had 4 tackles and 1 pass breakup. Kevin Minter had 3 tackles and 1 sack. Cameron Lynch recorded 1 tackle.

Thomas Davis led the Panthers LBs with 8 tackles. Luke Kuechly had 5 tackles and 2 pass breakups. Shaq Thompson has 3 tackles and 1 pass breakup.


The Buccaneers Corners and Safeties came to play in this game. The star of the game was Andrew Adams who had 1 tackle and 3 interceptions! Jordan Whitehead has 7 tackles. Isaiah Johnson had 4 tackles. Javien Elliott recorded 4 tackles and 1 interception which was his first career INT. Ryan Smith had 3 tackles and 1 pass breakup. De’Vante Harris had 3 tackles and 3 pass breakups. Justin Evans had 2 tackles before he exited the game with a toe injury.

Captain Munnerlyn led all secondary for the Panthers with 7 tackles and 1 pass breakup. Donte Jackson had 6 tackles. James Bradberry has 4 tackles. Eric Reid had 4 tackles and 1 pass breakup. 


The Buccaneers kicking woes have disappeared. Cairo Santos went 1/1 on field goals and 3/3 on extra points. He has been perfect since joining the Buccaneers replacing Chandler Catanzaro.

Graham Gano went 1/1 on FGs and 2/2 on extra points in this game.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have now won 2 games in a row bringing them to 5-7 on the season. The Defense in the last 2 games have 8 sacks and 6 interceptions. This has been what they’ve been looking for. The pressure getting to QBs is finally forcing them to make bad throws into our defenders arms. Jameis Winston has been turnover free for the 2nd straight game. He broke the Buccaneers all time passing TD record in this game previously held by Josh Freeman. Winston now has 81 TDs in his career and will only get more. The Buccaneers will host the New Orleans Saints (10-2) next week in their 3rd consecutive home game. 

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