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Plenty of Time to Put Sunday’s Loss Behind Them

It was a downer of a Sunday in Tampa Bay for the Bucs in just about everyway, but instead of being mad at what the Panthers couldn’t do, give the Bucs and their defense some credit. Yes, Jake Delhomme and the offense had one of those types of days where they played more like the Panthers of 06, but at the same time, the Bucs put together a great game plan revolving around shutting down the run game first then playing that cover 2 defense as well as ever.

Delhomme was 20-for-39 for 242 yards and three picks. The Bucs D did their best to confuse Jake, and keep leading WR’s Steve Smith and Mushin Muhummad pretty much at bay. Yes Smith had 112 yards on six catches, and Muhummad 68 yards on 4 grabs, but it seemed like the offense was out of sync all day. As for the Panthers running game, that was another story all together.

The Tampa Bay front four dominated the Panthers O-line, and the injuries finally caught up to the Panthers. They ran for just 40 yards on 20 carries, and after the Panthers fell behind 14-0 after one quarter the running game never seemed to get even close to going.

But again, it’s just one game, and with three of their next four games at home, the 4-2 Panthers remain in a good place in the NFC South. “The sky’s not falling and it’s not the end of the world,” coach John Fox said Monday. β€œIn this league, they don’t keep style points. Whether it’s four or 40 (points), it’s still a loss.” They will get another sot at the Bucs, this time at home on December 8th, and that will be a test to see just how far the Panthers improve between now and then.

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