Another Clamp-Down By The Run DefenseNovember 18th, 2012
It was obvious the Panthers came into this game looking to run the ball more than they usually do, and again the Bucs’ No. 1 ranked run defense stepped up.
Cam Newton was averaging 5.6 yards a carry before today. The Bucs held him to 40 yards on 11 carries.
Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams combined for just 61 yards on 22 carries.
It’s such a team effort on the Bucs’ run defense. The question is who isn’t making plays, versus who is.
Gary Gibson, Daniel Te’-O Nesheim, Roy Miller and Gerald McCoy were in the backfield, as was Ronde Barber on a savage run blitz, and the linebacker corps was punishing.
Thankfully, a handful of mistakes in the Bucs secondary — a particularly rough day for Mark Barron — weren’t exploited.