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by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
The Buccaneers opened their locker room following their film session Monday where they reviewed Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers.
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Locker room sound thanks to 620 WDAE Bucs beat reporter Tom Krasniqi
Linebacker Dekoda Watson
Defensive end Adrian Clayborn
Defensive tackle Akeem Spence
By Tom Krasniqi
So much for the Bucs’ 3-game win streak. That came to a crashing end in Carolina on Sunday. The Panthers stayed red hot in handing the Bucs a 27-6 loss.
Tampa Bay lost more than just the game. Star cornerback Darrelle Revis went down for the second straight week. Last week, it was a groin injury against the Lions. Revis was able to play yesterday despite being questionable all week. But Revis was forced out of the Carolina game with a shoulder/chest injury.
“I think he’s going to be OK,” head coach Greg Schiano said during his Monday press conference. “Initially, he came off the field--- had some pain in his upper torso area and then [trainers] examined him inside. I’m not sure what the situation is. I don’t think it’s real serious but we’ll see.”
With the season all but lost at 3-9, the Bucs know they have to be careful with Revis moving forward. After all, they have a great deal of resources invested in him in the form of draft picks and a $96 million contract.
Revis wasn’t the only injury the team was dealing with on Monday. Schiano announced that linebacker Jonathan Casillas injured his knee against the Panthers and would likely be done for the year if he needs surgery. If Casillas goes on injured reserve, that would be 14 players on IR this season for the Bucs.
Casillas going down could mean Dekoda Watson stepping back in at strongside linebacker.
“We’ll see, I guess so,” Watson said about moving back to linebacker after being a rush end the last few weeks. “With J.C. and his injury, I don’t know the full extent of what’s going on right now. We’ll just see. I’ll stand by and just make sure to be ready whenever [my number] is called.”
The Bucs need to clean up some issues, especially their tackling. Schiano was not pleased with all the missed tackles against Carolina.
“I was surprised. I didn’t see that coming,” Schiano said regarding the missed tackles. “I thought we tackled very well--- for the majority of the season we tackled very well. I think it was the highest missed tackle total that we’ve had.”
The Bucs return home on Sunday to host the 4-8 Bills at Raymond James Stadium. Kickoff time is at 1pm. Our coverage begins at 9am with the Countdown to Kickoff show on 620 WDAE and 95.3FM.
The Buccaneers fell to the Panthers for the second time this season, this time at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The stout Carolina defense sacked Mike Glennon five times, and forced the Bucs to turn the ball over twice en route to a 27-6 victory.
Listen to the postgame press conferences.
Head coach Greg Schiano
Quarterback Mike Glennon
Listen to the post-game locker room audio, courtesy of the Buccaneers Radio Network.
Head Coach Greg Schiano with TJ Rives of the Buccaneers Radio Network
Mike Glennon with TJ Rives of the Buccaneers Radio Network
Donald Penn with TJ Rives of the Buccaneers Radio Network
Bobby Rainey with TJ Rives of the Buccaneers Radio Network
Johnthan Banks with TJ Rives of the Buccaneers Radio Network
So much for the positive vibes and the 3-game winning streak. The Buccaneers came crashing back to reality on Sunday in Carolina as they were dominated by the Panthers 27-6. The Bucs drop to 3-9 on the season while the Panthers won their 8th straight to improve to 9-3. The Bucs had an impressive drive to begin the game. They went 59 yards on 8 plays that resulted in a 26-yard field goal by Rian Lindell to make it 3-0. Mike Glennon connected with Tiquan Underwood twice on the drive for 39 yards to set up the field goal. Glennon was 4 for 4 for 36 yards on the drive.
Panthers would respond on their next drive. Cam Newton ripped off a 56 yard run down to the Bucs 15 yard line. Two plays later, Newton found a wide open Brandon LaFell for a 16-yard touchdown pass to give the Panthers a 7-3 lead. On their next possession, Newton was picked off by Keith Tandy as the pass went off the hands of LaFell. Lindell booted a 53-yard FG to make it a 7-6 game late in the first quarter.
The Bucs had a good drive going early in the second quarter. Glennon found Vincent Jackson on a pretty 60 yard bomb down to the Carolina 4. But on 3rd and goal, Glennon fumbles the ball away and it was recovered by Dwan Edwards. The Panthers put forth an impressive drive down the field but the Bucs defense held strong inside the 10. Panthers settled for a 28-yard field goal by Graham Gano to make it 10-6 Carolina. Before the half, Newton went over the top for a 1-yard touchdown run to make it 17-6 Carolina at the half.
The Bucs got the ball to begin the second half and after a couple of impressive runs by Bobby Rainey, Glennon turned it over again. He was picked off by Mike Mitchell on a poorly thrown deep ball to Jackson. The Panthers quickly marched down the field and cashed in on the turnover. Newton found Ginn on a 36-yard touchdown to make it 24-6 Carolina. Bucs had a nice drive going but failed to get point on the board after Lindell missed a 48-yard field goal. To make matters worse, the Bucs lost cornerback Darrelle Revis in the 3rd quarter to a chest/shoulder injury.
The Panthers wore down the Bucs defense in the fourth quarter. Carolina went on a drive lasting 8 minutes and 42 seconds. It culminated in a 23-yard field goal by Gano to make it 27-6 Carolina. Glennon was sacked 5 times on the day by Carolina and the Bucs turned it over twice. Panthers scored 10 points off those Tampa Bay turnovers. The Panthers rolled up 426 yards of total offense.
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Each week, our own Ronnie Lane will share his thoughts on the upcoming Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. This week, Lane dives into the second Bucs-Panthers matchup of the season from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, which can be heard locally on WDAE 620am/95.3fm and WFUS 103.5fm, with the Auto Owners Insurance Pre-Game Show hosted by Ronnie Lane and Anthony Becht beginning at 10:30am.
By Ronnie Lane
The Buccaneers and the Panthers will square off this afternoon for the second time this season. The Bucs are hoping to extend their winning streak to four in-a-row, meanwhile the Panthers, the hottest team in the National Football League, looking to extend their winning streak to eight in-a-row.
This is a very solid Carolina Panthers defense, the top scoring defense in the NFL, they give up just 13.7 points per game. That's it. They're very stingy, so the Bucs are not going to get a ton of points today - they're going to have to make every drive and every scoring opportunity count in order to surmount this red-hot Carolina team.
Meanwhile, the Bucs will try to re-establish their running game which was stifled by Detroit's defense which was ranked fifth against the run going into last week. This Panthers' defense is ranked third defending the run, giving up just 81.5 yards per game and they have the third ranked overall defense in the league. This is a solid front seven - one of the best in the National Football League and will be quite a challenge for the reigning Rookie of the Month, Mike Glennon.
Can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win this game? Yeah, sure they can. Will they win it? That's another question.
The only way to defeat Carolina, in my opinion, is to establish a running game and no one has really been that successful running the football against this front seven of the Panthers. Will the Bucs do it today? No, I don't think so - too much of a mountain to overcome.
If the game was at Raymond James Stadium, with the team playing with a new-found confidence with their three-game winning streak I think the Bucs would have a better chance. But going up against this defense in their house, with a playoff spot on the line - not necessarily a playoff spot on the line, but Carolina still has an opportunity to win the NFC South - so they're trying to run down the New Orleans Saints and this is a big game for the Panthers.
The Bucs are not going to sneak up on anyone. Teams have taken notice to what the Buccaneers have done in the last three weeks, so the Panthers will not come into this game flat; they will be sky-high on a holiday weekend to pull off their eighth consecutive victory in hopes of catching the New Orleans Saints.
The way I see it - The Bucs will come up a little short and drop this one 21-17. It will be a good game, an intriguing game, but the Buccaneers lose this one, in my humble opinion. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
That's it for The Bucs Lane, thanks for reading.