The Bucs were in this one, to a point. That point is the decimal separating “267” from “6,” which is how many yards Carolina rushed against the Bucs’ run defense.
Don’t get me wrong; there was a lot to praise today. Blocked field goal. Kickoff return for a touchdown. Interception returned for another TD.
If they could’ve stopped the Panthers’ running game, we might have something. As it was, Tampa’s defense should’ve just shucked their uniforms and started selling concessions. At least then, they’d have been doing something. The Bucs offense didn’t have a bad day; they just didn’t have a great day, either. In the end, everything came down to stopping the Carolina running attack, and for that Tampa was a total no-show.
Their next game is in London (WTF?) against New England. For those not keeping score at home, the Patriots had a pretty good day, racking up 59 points against the scoreless Tennessee Titans. I think I’ll start crying on Wednesday this week, just to get it out of the way early.