In a game that saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers jump out to an early lead, thanks in large part to Legarrette Blount’s 17-yard TD run on an impressive helicopter hurdle like spin, in to the endzone and one of the most proficient games by quarterback Josh Freeman, as he completed 75% of his pass attempts for 241 yards, 2 touchdowns and a 134.2 quarterback rating, but as with any young team. They are still searching for an identity and a killer instinct.
Josh Freeman – had his most efficient day as a passer completing 18-of-24 attempts for 241 yards and 2 touchdowns. He finished the game with a 75% completion percentage and a 134.2 quarterback rating.
John Gilmore – Gilmore who’s not a noted receiving threat hauled in 3 receptions for 52 yards with a long of 29 yards.
Greg Olson – For the life of me I can’t remember better play calling by a Bucs offense coordinator. Running out of 4 four wide sets. Play action passes. Screens and draws – a solid game plan and nearly flawless execution by the offense.
Geno Hayes – Hayes was M.I.A against the Panthers. With a scheme devised to allow the weakside linebacker to rack up gaudy tackle stats Hayes managed to tally one tackle against an undermanned Panthers team that ran the football 31 times.
Pass Rush – The defensive lineman have accounted for just five of the teams 8 sacks this season. Sure they were getting pressure against the Panthers, but for what every reason, the front four couldn’t seal the deal. The Bucs two sacks came on blitzes.
Run Defense – The Panthers who were with out there top two running backs still managed to have a 100-yard rusher as Mike Goodson carried the ball 23 times for exactly 100 yards. It has become apparent that gap integrity and sound tackle are more the issue at the moment, as the Bucs as a defensive unit tend to give up way too many 6-12 yards runs.
Penalties – After being one of the fewest penalized teams through the first five weeks of the season with 22 penalties for 185 yards. However over the last four games the Bucs have been flagged 36 times for 282 yards.