The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't have many bright spots in a game that saw the team commit four turnovers on offense and get outscored 24-3 by the Panthers after building a 7-0 first quarter lead, only to lose to Carolina, 24-10, on Monday Night Football. However, cornerback Ronde Barber was the lone Buccaneer who was actively making plays. For his efforts, Barber is this week's Pewter Report MVP.
Barber led the Bucs with four passes defensed to go along with his five tackles, one forced fumble, one interception and one QB hurry. Barber forced a fumble when he tackled Panthers wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson to help set up Tampa Bay’s 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Barber also provided much better coverage against wideout Steve Smith than nickel corner Torrie Cox and fellow cornerback Juran Bolden did – with the exception of Smith's fourth quarter touchdown, which may have been due more to poor safety coverage over the top.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: email@example.com
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