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The Bucs task of getting their season back on track might have just gotten a little easier.
The Panthers have officially ruled out quarterback Cam Newton for Monday night’s matchup against the Buccaneers. Newton suffered a concussion last week against the Falcons and has been unable to practice this week.
Of course on paper it seems this gives the Buccaneers an advantage, but Tampa Bay will now face backup Derek Anderson who beat them twice during the 2014 season.
The first time Anderson, a Pro Bowler in Cleveland in 2007, efficiently completed 24 of 34 for 230 yards and two TDs en route to a 20-14 Week 1 win in Raymond James. Newton was out with a rib injury. Then in Week 15, starting after Newton was involved in a bad car accident, Anderson replicated his first performance, throwing for 277 yards and a TD on 25 of 40 completions. The Panthers completed the sweep, beating the 2-12 Bucs 19-17 in Carolina.
Besides Newton being ruled out, the Panthers will also be without left tackle Michael Oher (concussion), running back Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) and cornerback James Bradberry (toe) according to Panthers beat writer Joe Person. Backup defensive tackle Vernon Butler will miss his second consecutive game with a high ankle sprain Person also reported on Saturday.
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Easier? I doubt it. The Buccaneers have yet to beat Anderson, at least as a Panther, and Cam is having a bad year all around.
Until the Buccaneers actually play a complete game, cut down on THEIR mistakes enough to win, they will remain underdogs on the road and especially at home where they are 12-30 since 2011.
Lots of injuries on both teams so that’s a wash. What isn’t is the ability of the Buccaneers to avoid beating themselves.
Guess I’m tired of typing THIS will be the game to turn around this trainwreck so Bucs? PLEASE? Start walking the freaking WALK! You like your coaches, care about your fans? PROVE IT ON THE FIELD!!!!!
Yea, I’d love to think we could some how muster up a win against a struggling Panther team but I just doubt it.
Bye is coming up soon and schedule gets easier. Could get players back and start a run with his game. Not getting my hopes up. Bucs are good at squandering opportunities. Just haven’t seen much to expect anytjing but a loss. Hope I’m wrong. Been let down for so long just kind of used to it. Lol.
It sure is sad when many of us have so little confidence going into a game against a slew of back-up players, including the replacement for the star QB, , an MVP no less, because we have seen this scenario many times before with a predictable unhappy ending.
This time, the Panthers and their fans no doubt believe that the equally depleted Buccaneers still pose no real threat. They will still think victory is inevitable. We and our favorite team, on the other hand, will likely go into our familiar defeatist attitude and wilt at the first sign of trouble. Instead of licking our chops, we anticipate licking our wounds. And that my friends is contributing to the losses.
I know here in Bucville we tend to think the “next man up” should be just as good because the starter already sucked. We show little compassion for our injured players. We somehow think a player “on the street” would be better than what we have. Fact is, with all of the injuries to key players, the team doesn’t resemble the one we lined up with against the Falcons. As I recall, some folks poo pooed that win because it came against the now 3-1 Division leader.
The last three games have shown us just how weak this roster still is “when the stars go out” or get DUI’s. All of the supposed improvements in the Secondary don’t look much better to me. The wide receivers are one guy (#13) a decent slot man who disappeared last week (#11) and a collection of below average has-beens and never-beens. With Martin out and Sims forced to play an unfamiliar role without “Stocker the Blocker” the running game is in free-fall. The Defensive line that looked so good rushing the passer in pre-season is now down to playing a pair of undrafted free agents. TE was a perceived strength, but ASJ was more troubled than a little immaturity and thought to be fan favorite, Vitale’s only comparison to #40 is appearance. So we’re left with a pass catching Cameron Brate and an injured journeyman. O-line is probably better than it looks at times and the starting linebackers are good. That’s it. So, those of you who like to draft for need; 2017 may have a lot from which to choose.
There is no way that any fan, you or me or anyone, can claim to know the attitudes of the Bucs players, or coaches, defeatist or otherwise. We’re not in the lockerroom or on the field. We can’t know.
There is nothing that the Bucs players are doing or not doing that tells us they are giving up. There is zero reason for any of them to give up one quarter of the way through the season … after all, unlike us fans and critics, they have all their skin in the game, literally. Their careers, their lives, their livelihood is on the line every single week of the season and throughout a large part of the offseason.
When fans say or write things like you did above, you’re just projecting your own feelings.
The Bucs are severely banged up right now, and so are the Panthers. We may or may not win the game on Monday night … before the season started, almost nobody would have given the Bucs a snowball’s chance in hell of taking one on the road in Carolina this year. Now it’s a fairly even thing. But keep it in perspective. I had penciled in the Bucs with a record of 1-4 through the first four games before the bye week, including a likely loss at ATL, now in first place in the division. Now at this point, 1-4 is the worst possible record before the bye… and we may exceed expectations by taking one tomorrow night.
I didn’t say they gave up. But there have been times when the players enthusiasm wanes. My comment was more directed at our fans as compared to Panther fans and others. Think the Broncos fans weren’t in absolute shock when the Falcons opened a can of whoop ass on their team? Would we have been in disbelief? Heck, we were amazed the Bucs beat the Falcons. Please don’t try to tell me you and many fans didn’t think , “Here we go again” after Winston’s first INT resulted in a TD putting we fans in the stands in an early funk. Then just when we came back, we handed them another gift.
Thar’s my point Naples. You admit that you, and likely many other fans and prognosticators, predicted a 1-4 record at this point. I presume the lonely win was to be against the Rams. See, I on the other hand, always think the Bucs have a chance to win; even against the Broncos an now the Panthers. But what happens on the field that I can witness for myself, is the team’s collective head go down along with those of us in the stands surrounded by Broncos fans. Think Sapp vs McCoy.
I’ve seen no sign of quit from Bucs. With the injuries on D line,no run game, and Winston playing poorly are chances of beating Panthers are slim. Never said it was players faults or anyone isn’t playing hard enough. If anything I blame Licht for not having a plan B of the often injured Martin went down. I expected Winston to struggle some in his second year. Not selling my season tickets and not giving us just keeping it real. This team is real banged up and real bad right now.
Hoping after the bye we get guys back because the schedule gets more manageable.
Go Bucs! Prove me wrong Monday night. I’d love that. They haven’t prove me wrong this year yet though……
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