Panthers 27, Bucs 6December 1st, 2013
Joe’s not sure how else to describe this debacle.
Yes, the Bucs shot themselves in the foot with a heinous, needless Mike Glennon fumble in the red zone, a few plays after Vincent Jackson got dragged down from behind en route to the end zone, but those plays really didn’t matter much today.
The Bucs were mauled badly in the trenches — on both sides of the ball — by the streaking Panthers, who won their eighth straight game with ease. There were also terrible breakdowns in the Bucs secondary by All-Pros Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson.
And Joe’s convinced the Bucs might have set an NFL record for ineffective blitzes.
Most noteworthy to Joe was Mike Glennon looking like a rookie again, tossing a bad pick on a throw that looked more like a shanked punt (yes, Joe realizes there should have been a defensive penalty against Vincent Jackson), missing open receivers, and that fumble that will be a highlight show laughing point all night long.
Joe had little hopes for the Bucs today. This is how the Panthers win. But Joe would have liked to see the Bucs execute better when they had their shots.
In case you were wondering, the Bucs officially were eliminated from playoff contention today.