It was another dreadful game. We’ve seen so many in recent years.
On Sunday afternoon, the Buccaneers laid another egg in front of the hometown crowd, falling to the Panthers, 37-23, at Ray-Jay.
Who’s to blame for this one? Take your pick. The Bucs turned it over five times – four of them coming on Jameis Winston interceptions. One of them was returned for a touchdown. The Panthers scored (by my count) 27 points off those mistakes. You don’t need me to tell you that you’re not going to win many games when you turn the ball over like that.
The kicking game was horrendous for the second straight week. Kyle Brindza missed two more field goals and another extra point. Remember last week when Lovie Smith said Brindza is still his kicker? Dear Bucs: please call Connor Barth and get him in uniform. Better yet, call me. I can’t kick field goals that well, either, but I could use a bump in pay.
And don’t look much into this stat: Carolina only had 244 yards of total offense. This is one time where numbers are so deceptive. Thanks to all those turnovers, the undefeated Panthers didn’t have to go far on many of their scoring drives.
The Bucs are now 1-3. In two home games, their opponents have scored 79 points. Some of those are from “Pick 6’s” but you get the idea: Tampa Bay isn’t being very competitive in its home stadium.
Coming up in the Monday Column: the state of the Bucs’ through the first quarter of the season. I think you can guess what the tone will be.
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