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Mistakes Lead to Blowout Loss to Buccaneers

Posted on: October 12, 2008 10:24 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2008 11:15 pm

A very dissapointing game this week, but it could have been worse.  The Buccaneers came in with something to prove after a loss to the Denver Broncos last week.  The Panthers came in maybe overconfident after a 34-0 drubbing of the Kansas City Chiefs last week.  The Buccaneers beat us 27-3.

Does this mean that the better team won?  Not necessarily.  Does this mean that we aren't as good as we thought?  Definetely not.  Is this the game that decides where we are as a team?  I don't think so.  What this loss means is that we need to regroup, have a good week in practice and come out at Bank of America Stadium next week with something to prove against the New Orleans Saints.

Does this mean that the better team won?  Not necessarily.

I guess the real question would be, does the better team ever win this game?  Who is really the better team?  IMO, this game does not determine the better team.  I think it is rare that there is a better team in this rivalry.  Actually, I believe that these 2 teams are as evenly matched as possible.  Two of the best defenses in the league, matched up against two efficient offenses that want to establish the run with two evenly matched backs.  In this rivalry, the winner is the one with the least mistakes.  That was the Buccaneers.  The Panthers started off with yet another blocked punt.  The 3rd of the season, the 2nd for a touchdown.  Jake Delhomme threw 3 interceptions, a misleading stat seeing that all 3 were tipped passes from the receivers hands.  The Buccaneer defenders were in the right place at the right times.

Does this mean that we aren't as good as we thought?  Definetely not.

I think that a game like this, is a game that is played only from emotion.  In a rivalry game, I don't think that skill plays a part in the game.  A rivalry game is played on emotion, and won or lost on emotion.  Who wanted it more; if this was the question, I would definetely have to say the Bucs, and that is why they won.  The Panthers played complacent and did not come to play.

Is this the game that decides where we are as a team?  I don't think so.

Again, in a rivalry game this big, I don't think you can judge your team from the performance.  Perfect example, the Chiefs and Broncos game 2 weeks ago.  In rivalry games, any team can win in any game.  It is very rare in the NFL, to see any team dominate a rivalry.  Especially seeing that Carolina has owned Tampa at Raymond James Stadium since 2002.

I fully expect Carolina to come out next week firing on all cylinders and expect for them to bounce back from this loss with a nice win next week.


Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2008 9:49 pm

Week 6 Impressions


Not meant to blast you in any way, but the score of this game is very deceiving.  As pointed out by MLF on the Panthers board, and seen by anybody that actually watched the game, mistakes cost us this game.  Not trying to take anything away from a very good Bucs team, they outplayed us and it showed.

We had three sure touchdowns that were taken away by mistakes.  Jonathan Stewart tripped over Jake Delhomme that took a touchdown, if u watch the replay, there was no one between him and the end zone.  Mushin Muhammad dropped a pass in the end zone that fell into the hands of your cornerback.  Steve Smith dropped a definite touchdown.

This would have been an entirely different game if the mistakes had not occured.  But that is what makes this game so special.  You make mistakes in every game and have to get over those mistakes to be able to win the game; that is the difference between a good team and a great team.

In recent weeks, the Panthers have played like a great team, being able to win even with all the mistakes we were making.  This Sunday, we played badly and were not able to overcome the mistakes.

At this point in the season, I believe the Panthers are a good team, but we are not yet great.  We have to put together a good run to be able to become great.  I believe the Buccaneers are a good team, but I think everybody knows (Bucs fans included) that they are not 24 points better than the Panthers.  Honestly all 3 interceptions were off of tipped passes which any body will tell you (if they have ever played the game is the hardest to catch, but it is also the luckiest interception that can occur).  Its the luckiest because you are dependent not only on the receiver dropping it, but also on the ball coming in your direction.  In the secondary you aren't expecting the receiver to drop it, and you don't try to position yourself to catch if he drops it, you are in position to make the hit when he catches the ball.

I think that the interceptions were 100% luck, but in other instances we were lucky, because on our last drive Jake Delhomme threw one right into the hands of one of your linebackers (I believe it was Derrick Brooks), and it was dropped, and the next play he threw straight into Ronde Barber's hands and again it was dropped.

The Bucs outplayed us and deserved to win.  Good Luck on the rest of the season and we are waiting for December 8th @ BoA Stadium.

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2008 12:20 pm

Week 6 Impressions

Gloat however you want; ya'll will play in our house when it really matters. Just hope that Garcia is able to keep himself taped together long enough to make the trip up.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2008 11:50 am

Week 6 Impressions

Written like a true Carolina fan.  You definitely put a positive spin on what I see as complete domination by the Bucaneers football team.   

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2008 11:06 am

Week 6 Impressions

This is one of those games a team needs to refocus and readjust expectations. The Panthers are the most penalized team in the league and we're frustratingly inconsistent with fundamentals. False starts, missed assignments and no o-line continuity will eventually catch up to you.

From that first blocked punt yesterday looked confused and ill-prepared. Jake had his first bad game in a while and the defense allowed it's first hundred yard rusher of the year. A bad game has to be expected from time to time. However, the way you overcome a bad game from the skill positions is by doing the small things right. Watch the ball and don't jump before the snap, wrap up and finish the tackle, and know your blocking assignment.

 Although one game a does not a season make, the Panthers have been lucky enough to win in spite of glaring mistakes. Three blocked punts this season (2 resulting in scores), a gazillion false starts and stupid penalties will ultimately catch up to you. If there's a team that needs bye week to work on the small things, it's Carolina. However that's still a while away, so John Fox needs to get under the hood and give this team a tune-up.

The Panthers have considerable talent and they play with a lot of heart. However, this is a profession that is not forgiving of avoidable mistakes. The NFC South is too competitive to be complacent or careless. Get rid of the brain-farts and this is a team that will go a long way in the playoffs.

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