I've reviewed the game tape and I have what I feel are the top 5 defensive plays of the Panthers 38-19 win over the Tampa Bay Bucs. Given it was a record breaking day for our rookie QB Cam Newton it's easy to overlook this defensive performance. Our top two tacklers were in the secondary in S Charles Godfrey and CB Chris Gamble. that suggest the front 7 struggled to contain. Quite the opposite actually occurred.
- The Bucs were held to 78 yards on 27 carries (2.9 ypc) with a long run of 14 yards
- The Bucs were 0-1 in the red zone
- 4 of 5 Bucs drives into Panther territory ended in FGs and only one TD was allowed
- The Bucs were 5 for 13 (38%) on 3rd down
Not too shabby for a defense that has struggled most of the season containing even pedestrian RBs.
Play #5: 1st Qtr: On 2nd and 10 from the Carolina 34 Blount goes off the left side only to be nailed by Charles Johnson for a 4 yard loss. The Bucs eventually settled for a FG.
Play #3: 4th Qtr: On 4th and 3 from the Panthers 22 yard line DE Charles Johnson sacked the Bucs QB for a 10 yard loss.
Play #2: 2nd Qtr: On 3rd and 2 from the Panthers 17 the Bucs ran a WR reverse that was snuffed by DE Charles Johnson for a 12 yard loss. Again, the Bucs settled for a FG.
Play #1: 3rd Qtr: On 3rd and * from the Carolina 30 yard line DE Thomas Keiser intercepts a pass that is directed after DE Greg Hardy hits Bucs QB Josh Johnson.
Time to give the defense their due. They stopped a very good RB, a RB who was all over Sports Center two weeks earlier after running over 6 Packers on his way to a TD. Also, Big money earned every dome yet another week. The dude was huge throughout the entire game.