In many ways the Buccaneer’s defense has improved since their Week 1 matchup against Carolina. But when it came to defending the Panther’s two biggest weapons, it appeared they took a step back.
In their first meeting, Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and receiver Kelvin Benjamin had eight receptions for 83 yards and six for 92 yards, respectively.
On Sunday, the underrated tight end caught 10 passes for 110 yards, while the rookie receiver contributed with eight catches for 104 receiving yards.
“Yeah, they made their plays and made their catches,” said Johnthan Banks. “Hats off to those guys; they played good football today.”
Buccaneer defensive backs were playing soft in coverage through most of the afternoon. Some refer to it as the ‘bend but don’t break’ defense. And while they were able to keep them out of the end zone and force field goals, players know they have to do a better job getting off the field to avoid any points.
“Obviously we don’t want them to get those long drives,” said Lavonte David. “Once our backs are against the wall, it’s hard for us to buckle down but that’s what we did for the most part. We forced field goals by playing team defense.”
“We want to stop people from scoring, period,” said Banks. “They got down there and we held them to field goes, that was great. But we just have to keep playing hard and keep fighting.”
Anderson’s efficiency when throwing to Olsen and Benjamin was a major reason why Carolina was able to retain possession for an overwhelming 37:31 of the game.
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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Defensive strategy would have worked if we had an offensive strategy. One Marcus out another Marcus in?
The D could have been better but with an offense that is offensive they need a shutout to win. Sure hope they pick the right QB in the draft. IMO it’s going to be a tough choice. Hope our scout dept. is up to the task.
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