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Panthers 37 Buccaneers 26: Seven forced turnovers key in strong defensive performance

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The Panthers forced seven turnovers and won a big divisional game before their bye week.

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The Carolina Panthers are now 4-2 heading into their bye week after a 37-26 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that had a few ups and downs and was probably more exciting at the end than it needed to be. But, the Panthers held on in the end and will leave London with the most important stat — the win.

Kyle Allen was okay today. He wasn’t dominating but he wasn’t awful. He was exactly what the Panthers needed him to be — an efficient game manager. The defense was the star of the morning by forcing seven turnovers (five interceptions, two fumble recoveries) and they harassed Jameis Winston all morning.

Christian McCaffrey wasn’t much of a factor today despite his two touchdowns. The Buccaneers appear to be the one team who know how to stop him from running for big chunks of yards. It didn’t matter in the end, but it was a bit concerning to see him be so ineffective.

Curtis Samuel had himself a day with two touchdowns, including a grown man catch where he literally took the football away from the defender in the end zone.

Joey Slye rebounded from his poor performance last week with several quality kicks. He missed a field goal at the end that would have given the Panthers 40 points, but they still won so it’s okay unless you own him in fantasy football (not that I own him in fantasy... nope, not at all).

Overall this was a good win for the Panthers against a divisional opponent. They’re 4-2 heading into a much-needed bye where they will rest and recover before taking on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 8.


Live updates

Final score: Panthers 37 Buccaneers 26

INTERCEPTION: James Bradberry picks off Winston’s attempt to make this interesting and that will do it. The Panthers will take a knee and celebrate the win.

Godwin makes another catch and is down at the 20. 0:30 left.

Godwin makes another catch and gets out of bounds. 0:46 left.

3rd down with 0:51 left.

There’s 1:12 left and the Bucs have no timeouts.

And Slye’s kick is no good.

It’s 4th down and it appears that Joey Slye will come out to try and extend the lead.

Two minute warning: Panthers 37 Buccaneers 26

INTERCEPTION: Ross Cockrell picks off Winston and the Panthers have the ball!

And it’s 4th and 10. Ballgame right here if the defense can get a stop.

Jameis overthrows everyone on 2nd and 10.

Jameis overthrows Evans on 1st and 10.

Godwin picks up the first down.

On 1st and 10 Jameis overthrows his receiver. 2nd down.

And Ron will punt.

After seeing the reverse angle he does appear to be short. It’s 4th and inches.

On 3rd and 2 CMC bounces out to the right and it looked like he picked up the first, but he’s given a bad spot. They should take a second look at this.

Big third down play here as the Panthers try to milk the clock and keep the lead.

The Panthers pick up six yards on first down. They’re trying to use as much clock as they can.

They convert the two point try. Panthers 37 Buccaneers 26

Touchdown Bucs. They will go for two.

And it’s first down. Welp.

Huge 4th and 1 situation here.

SACK: McCoy sacks him again. He makes a gesture towards the Bucs sideline in celebration.

The Panthers are putting as much pressure as they can on Winston. They’re trying to force him into making a mistake.

Cameron Brate picks up 800 yards on that play. Yikes.

He jogs off the field so he appears to be okay (fortunately).

Chris Godwin picks up another first down but it came at a cost. He’s still down on the ground after being tackled by Ross Cockrell and Shaq Thompson.

The Panthers have 7:56 left to hang on to this lead.

FIELD GOAL PANTHERS: The kick is good. Panthers 37 Buccaneers 18

Slye is out for a 29-yard attempt.

The Panthers are settling for a field goal by letting CMC get to the middle of the field.

It’s 3rd and goal after Olsen can’t come down with it in the end zone. (It wasn’t the best throw and he was lucky to get a hand on it.)

The Panthers are winning the turnover battle 5-1.

Allen’s pass to CMC is incomplete but there’s a 5-yard holding penalty on the defense. First down.

Kyle Allen picks up a free five yards with a quick snap.

Rich Eisen is elite with his ‘Bobo with the booboo’ call on that muffed punt.

TURNOVER: Bobo Wilson muffs the punt and the Panthers recover deep in Bucs territory!

Jarius Wright with another drop on third down. He has not had a good day.

And it’s now 3rd and 6 after a one-yard loss.

The Panthers continue to run up the middle on first down, and this time CMC picks up five yards.

The Bucs will punt on 4th down.

4th and 10 after Winston overthrows everyone.

3rd and 10 after Howard drops the pass from Winston.

2nd and 10 after Winston’s pass is tipped at the line.

There was a flag on the play for offsides but it was declined.

The punt is muffed but recovered by the Bucs. A turnover there would have been nice.

Aaand it’s 4th and long. Three and out for the offense. Welp.

Aaaand it’s 3rd and long.

The Panthers start from their own 25 after the touchback. The Panthers have 12:51 left to hang on to a 16-point lead (or extend it... that would be preferred).

Touchdown Bucs. Cameron Brate comes down with it in the end zone. The Panthers defense probably should have done better there. The Bucs go for two and get it after a busted play lands in Mike Evans’ hands. Panthers 34 Buccaneers 18

The Bucs are driving.

Mario Addison gets called for a facemask and gives the Bucs 15 free yards and a first down.

And of course, as soon as I credit them Jameis slips away and finds Godwin down field for a first down.

The Panthers defense is starting to smell blood in the water.

TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS: Curtis Samuel just made a grown man catch in the end zone for the score. Holy crap. He legit took it away from the defender. The extra point is good. Panthers 34 Buccaneers 10

End of 3rd quarter: Panthers 27 Buccaneers 10

Running CMC on first down is not working and the Panthers should stop doing it.

Allen throws a strike to Moore to the 11 yard line for a first down. Huge play there.

Samuel makes the catch and it’s 3rd and 5. The Panthers are in field goal range.

The amount of 2nd and longs should tell the Panthers to stop running CMC up the middle on 1st down.

And another grab for Olsen for another first down.

Allen finds Olsen for 17 yards and another first down.

CMC has 38 rushing yards with 3:47 left in the third quarter.

Moore is back on the field and picks up a first down.

The kick is good. Panthers 27 Buccaneers 10

Timeout Bucs

Or they’ll try a 54-yard field goal. Interesting strategy here.

And it’s fourth down. The Bucs will probably go for it since they’re down three scores.

Big third down for the defense here.

Chris Godwin picks up 14 yards and a first down.

Mike Evans gets 17 yards of the 20 they need to set up 2nd and 3.

The Bucs win a challenge on an incomplete pass call that gives them a first down near midfield, and they follow that up with a 10-yard penalty for holding.

TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS: Curtis Samuel takes the handoff and scampers into the end zone to extend the lead even further. The extra point is good. Panthers 27 Buccaneers 7

INTERCEPTION: Luke Kuechly picks off Winston and returns it deep into Bucs territory!

FIELD GOAL PANTHERS: The kick is good and the Panthers extend their lead. Panthers 20 Buccaneers 7

It’s a 46-yard attempt for Slye.

Wright makes the catch but it’s not quite enough for the first down. It’s 4th and short and the Panthers will try the field goal.

It’s 3rd and 7 after Allen’s pass to Samuel is too high.

I saw Ian Thomas on the field and can confirm that he is still on the team.

Moore appears to have had the wind knocked out of him and he jogged off the field.

The Panthers pick up 30 yards and a first down through Curtis Samuel, but DJ Moore is down on the field and being looked at by trainers.

And that’s exactly what they do! Fourth down.

Third down. Forcing a three-and-out would be nice here.

Jordan Kunasyck makes a solid special teams tackle on Bobo Wilson. The Bucs start from their own 15 yard line.

Jarius Wright drops a perfect throw by Allen that would have been a first down, but alas it’s fourth down and the Panthers will punt.

Allen makes a nice scramble but it’s called back for a hold on Chris Manhertz.

First play of the half is an end-around to DJ Moore that picks up a first down. Solid start.

And we’re back for the second half. The Panthers start on offense.

Halftime: Panthers 17 Buccaneers 7

The kick is no good. (It had the distance, but was wide right.)

The Panthers will attempt a fair catch kick. The Bucs cannot rush the kicker.

LOL and another pre-snap flag.

The end of this half has been interesting, to say the least.

It’s now 4th and 30 after back-to-back false starts.

It’s 4th and 20 and the Bucs will punt. The Panthers will probably take a knee if McCloud doesn’t fumble it.

Jameis finds Evans deep who had Bradberry beat, but he can’t come down with the catch. Deep breaths, y’all.

Scratch that. Holding on Ali Marpet wipes out that last play.

The Bucs are already at midfield. This is not good.

That was not a smart play by CMC.

CMC runs out of bounds for some reason and now it’s 4th down. The Bucs are out of timeouts.

Timeout Bucs

The Panthers appear to be in protect the lead mode as CMC runs up the middle.

Timeout Bucs

Kyle Allen goes down and it’s 2nd and 22.

FUMBLE: Vernon Butler gets him again and the Panthers recover it this time. HUGE PLAY by the defense!

Jameis Winston is stripped by Vernon Butler but somehow the Bucs recovered the fumble. That would have been a huge turnover.

Two minute warning: Panthers 17 Buccaneers 7

It’s 1st and 10 from the 12 yard line after a legitimately good catch by Bobo Wilson.

Peyton Barber picks up a first down. Meh.

Big 3rd and 1 here. Let’s see what happens.

The Bucs are at midfield and driving. Defense needs to tighten up.

Real talk, CMC just embarrassed some folks.

TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS: CMC makes fools of the defenders on the checkdown and scampers into the end zone to extend the lead. The extra point is good. Panthers 17 Buccaneers 7

Allen finds Moore for a quick-strike first down.

Allen finds Olsen but it’s broken up by the defender.

Bruce Irvin hit Winston’s arm as he threw to set up that interception.

INTERCEPTION: Javien Elliott picks off Winston for Carolina’s second turnover!

SACK: McCoy sacks Winston again. That’s two sacks for McCoy today.

The Bucs get a big play to Evans for 16 yards. Bradberry prevented it from being even bigger.

The Panthers make a stop on the punt return and there’s also a flag for an illegal block in the back, so at least there’s that.

And Allen is sacked so the Panthers will punt.

The Panthers will have 3rd and short after Moore picks up seven yards.

Touchdown Bucs. Ronald Jones takes it into the end zone and the Bucs are right back in it. Thanks, Ray-Ray. The extra point is good. Panthers 10 Buccaneers 7

It’s 1st and goal after OJ Howard gains 29 yards.

The Panthers need to find a real punt returner.

Aaand of course, Ray-Ray McCloud fumbles the punt return and the Bucs recover. Welp.

SACK: Brian Burns sacks Winston to set up fourth down.

End of 1st quarter: Panthers 10 Buccaneers 0

The defense is in another 3rd down situation. Let’s see if they can get off the field and give Allen the ball back.

That was a hell of a drive by the offense.

TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS: CMC reaches over the goal line and extends the Panthers’ lead. Slye’s extra point is good. Panthers 10 Buccaneers 0

ALL ABOARD THE RIVERBOAT.

Fourth and goal after Allen can’t punch it in. Decision time for Ron Rivera.

Third and goal after CMC is stopped inches short of the goal line.

Second and goal after CMC gets inside the five yard line.

First and goal for the Panthers after a great route by Moore, a solid throw by Allen and a good catch.

And it’s another first down at the Bucs’ 33 after Allen finds Samuel down field.

The Panthers get an additional 15 yards after a facemask penalty.

The Bucs are keying on CMC and it’s showing. Every play run through him has been unsuccessful.

Allen finds a wide open Greg Olsen for another first down.

Allen finds Moore for a first down.

And it’s now 3rd-and-5 after CMC picks up a couple.

Alex Armah gives them some breathing room with a three-yard carry.

(That was probably the right call and just unfortunate luck.)

Ray-Ray McCloud lets the ball go over his head and it’s downed at the one yard line.

It’s now 4th down thanks to the two sacks.

SACK: Dontari Poe sacks Winston to make it 3rd and long.

Timeout Bucs

SACK: Gerald McCoy gets to Winston and it’s 2nd and long.

The Bucs are at midfield because the Panthers couldn’t contain Chris Godwin. He could be a problem today.

Special teams ace (and captain) Colin Jones puts a stop on the punt return.

And Moore drops another pass that would have been a first down. The Panthers will punt after a disappointing 3-and-out.

Allen throws to Moore but it’s incomplete. It’s now 3rd down.

Allen throws deep to Samuel but it’s incomplete. Looked like pass interference but no flag was thrown.

Carolina will start at their own 25 after Ray-Ray McCloud calls for the fair catch.

The Panthers defense forces a 3-and-out on the Bucs’ second drive so that’s good.

Slye’s kick is good. Panthers 3 Buccaneers 0

And it’s 4th down. The field goal unit will come on to try a 49-yard field goal.

It’s quickly 3rd and long after two plays that lose yards.

The Panthers have 1st and 10 from the Tampa 29.

INTERCEPTION: James Bradberry picks off Winston’s first pass of the game and the Panthers have excellent field position.

The kickoff is a touchback and the Bucs will start at their own 25.

The Panthers lose the coin toss and the Bucs will take the ball first.

Kickoff is only a few minutes away! Stay tuned for live updates and running commentary.


Pregame

The Carolina Panthers are visiting London for the first time in Week 6 and will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England on Sunday, October 13 at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Game day information

What: Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When: Sunday, October 13 at 9:30 a.m. ET
Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London, England)
TV: NFL Network; Rich Eisen, Kurt Warner, Steve Mariucci, Michael Irvin
Local TV: WJZY Fox 46 (Charlotte only)
Streaming: FuboTV, Yahoo! Sports, Panthers mobile app
Radio: Panthers radio (local); Mick Mixon, Jordan Gross
Spanish Radio: Panthers radio (local); Jaime Moreno, Luis Moreno Jr
Weather: 64° / Showers / 15 mph SSW wind / 50% rain (Complete forecast)

Miscellaneous information

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TV replays

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Roaring Riot watch parties

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Uniforms

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Odds

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