The Panthers went to London to face the Bucs and came back with a W. The defense lead the way in the 37-26 win.
Theives Ave. collected five picks along with one fumble and that was the big difference in the win. Jameis Winston had himself A DAY, for Carolina defense and just couldn’t get out of his own way. While he did throw for 400 yds, most was in garbage time. Although the Panthers did their best to let the Bucs hang around, Winston’s fifth pick with less than a minute to go, sealed the win for Carolina.
CMC was shut down for a majority of the day outside of a few plays. Finishing with just 31 yds on 22 carries along with 26 yds on 4 rec and tallied two total TDs. Kyle Allen, Curtis Samuel and D.J Moore carried the load on offense with the Bucs stout run defense keyed in on McCaffery. Allen had another impressive game with no interceptions and a completion percentage above 62%. He’s the first-ever QB to win his first 5 starts all while not throwing an interception. Curtis Samuel also had a nice day with 78 total yds and 2 TDs.
Gerald McCoy showed out against his former team with his best game of the season. He finished with 2 tackles and 2.5 sacks. James Bradberry was also impressive, picking off Winston on the very first play of the game and finishing with 2 int and 10 tackles. The biggest surprise recently, outside of rookie Brian Burns, has been Vernon Butler. Since Carolina didn’t pick up his 5th-year option, the former 1st round pick is making a case for a big payday. Butler has three sacks and a forced fumble that sealed the win in Houston, all while the Panthers have been missing All-pro DT KK Short. If he keeps this up, this young man is going to get paid.
Ok ok, let’s start off with saying it’s been a rough stretch for Joey Slye after a promising start to the season. In his last two games, he’s 3 of 7 with a missed XP on top of that. I’m sure Slye will get it figured out but the Panthers can’t afford to have a kicker they don’t trust when they need a big kick with the game on the line. Ray Ray McLoud. Come on now man, you’ve got ONE job. In week 2 he had trouble bringing in two separate punts. Today, he had a crucial fumble after a big defensive stop that ended up leading to a Tampa TD and cutting the Carolina lead to 3. McCloud has got to get this under control if he wants to have a job in the coming weeks.
Next Opp: 10/27 @ San Fransico 49ers