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Panthers beat on another bad team, keep Bucs winless

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The Panthers did what they were supposed to do, and the Buccaneers did what they do.

The Panthers rolled to an easy 31-13 win, keeping the Buccaneers winless on the season. At 0-7, with losses in 12 of their last 13 games, the only sport left in Tampa seems to be predicting when Bucs coach Greg Schiano will get fired.

Raymond James Stadium began emptying out in the third quarter, and those that stayed seemed to be there only to boo. And there was plenty to choose from, as the Buccaneers had trouble executing shotgun snaps, catching passes, fielding punts or stopping the run.

The Panthers are now 4-3, the first time they’ve had a winning record since the end of the 2008 season. So they’re not feeling sorry for anyone right now.

They’ve won three straight, and are doing the things they should do against bad opponents. Sure, their four wins are against teams with a combined 5-22 record, but they’ve beaten those teams by 38, 25, 15 and now 18 points. They host the Falcons next week, and then face the 49ers and Patriots, which will provide a clearer picture of what they’re about.

Cam Newton hasn’t turned the ball over in three games, and the Panthers continued to play efficient offense, topping 30 points for the third straight week. Coupled with a defense that was already good, and they’re looking more and more like a legitimate playoff contender.

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31 Responses to “Panthers beat on another bad team, keep Bucs winless”
  1. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 24, 2013 11:31 PM

    Cam is a really good player, but he makes it really hard for me to like him. Every first down isn’t a reason to dance.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 24, 2013 11:34 PM

    Appropriate headline. Panthers fans need to realize this and stop talking like they’re legitimate contenders. Beat a team with a pulse and get back to us. We’re talking 5-22 combined record of these 4 teams.

  3. raiderapologist says: Oct 24, 2013 11:37 PM

    Schiano will be on Belichick’s staff pretty soon. Insert your own joke here.

  4. kd75 says: Oct 24, 2013 11:39 PM

    Cam we get Tampa Bay flexed onto the Giants schedule?

  5. coltzfan166 says: Oct 24, 2013 11:41 PM

    Goodbye Schiano

  6. fumblenuts says: Oct 24, 2013 11:41 PM

    Audios Schiano………….

  7. wearewhowethoughtwewere says: Oct 24, 2013 11:45 PM

    And Rod Marinelli and Matt Millen continue to keep the champagne on ice…

  8. kingviking414 says: Oct 24, 2013 11:46 PM

    They’ve beaten the Vikings, Rams and Bucs. Any one of them could make a good high school team look like a playoff contender.

  9. unc336 says: Oct 24, 2013 11:56 PM

    What people fail to realize is that carolina came into the season with the toughest schedule in the NFL. A record is just a record, they’re still going against NFL players at the end of the day..

  10. nghtrder169 says: Oct 24, 2013 11:59 PM

    Soooo when is Schiano going back to college football???

  11. tinbender2000 says: Oct 25, 2013 12:04 AM

    Saw a picture of the stadium 20 minutes before kickoff, I’ve seen more fans at a high school game in our little town.
    Nice to see the Panthers looking like a decent team.

  12. harrywarden15 says: Oct 25, 2013 12:04 AM

    Tampa really should give Young or Tebow a try. What do they have to lose? Schiano is going to be fired so he might as well try something different because what he’s doing now obviously isn’t working.

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 25, 2013 12:07 AM

    Wow that was a pretty deflating press conference by Schiano. Felt like the first critical question was a total deflection onto the players’ shoulders. Yikers.

  14. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 25, 2013 12:09 AM

    It also felt like he almost wanted to correct himself when he suggested the idea of going to Seattle for a win.

    Oh boy, that was a nail in the coffin freeze-frame moment.

  15. yogiberra111 says: Oct 25, 2013 12:12 AM

    Schiano is in big trouble. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Let’s bust up that “victory formation.”

  16. bucsfan32 says: Oct 25, 2013 12:41 AM

    The bucs have to fire Schiano, just for the sake of the franchise. Mike Glennon is going to be a better quarterback, but Schiano needs to, either quit or get fired, let’s see what happens in the morning.

  17. labucs says: Oct 25, 2013 12:42 AM

    roll over and play dead

  18. ziggystheansah says: Oct 25, 2013 12:45 AM

    Cam newton looked great. As long as he stays CONSISTENT they can keep up with NE and ATL. Maybe not SF but we’ll see. Im not a panther fan either.

  19. osiris33 says: Oct 25, 2013 1:01 AM

    Newton has no class. He’s a showboating jerk. I can’t stand watching him.

  20. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 25, 2013 1:07 AM

    You can say the exact same thing about Broncos and Chiefs yet they get best in NFL talk. I watch a bunch of football, if Charles Johnson is ok this team will make some noise

  21. svengali666 says: Oct 25, 2013 1:14 AM

    There’s no point in Doug Martin trying to come back this year. Rest his shoulder and get ready for next season. Now that in Freeman is gone, fire Schiano and Dominik, and the three headed incompetent leadership dragon will be slayed. Have a new staff come in this season to evaluate what’s already here, and see what needs to be done to improve their chances of getting a decent qb, te, and o line in a 2014 draft that should have lots of good choices at those positions. I dont believe there’s any need to “suck for Luck” type of strategy, as there’s no clear cut cant miss quarterbacks that project as of now. But at the same time, I wouldnt go out and try to win TOO much and jeopardize picking in the top 5. Considering Glennon’s the QB for now, I don’t see any danger of that.

  22. jjljr says: Oct 25, 2013 1:40 AM

    please tell me that no one actually chose to skip the World Series to watch (what I presume was) this awful game.

  23. tastybasslines says: Oct 25, 2013 1:47 AM

    2 quality receivers. Quality RB who went nuts last year. McCoy on the D line, Revis in the secondary, who you pay 96 million to play zone? They most definitely have the personnel, it must be the coach.

  24. joetoronto says: Oct 25, 2013 4:50 AM

    Did anybody watch this game, anybody?

  25. cometkazie says: Oct 25, 2013 7:54 AM

    Something positive from Charlotte.

    Good!

  26. throwthebomb says: Oct 25, 2013 8:02 AM

    Playoffs ??

    Don’t talk about………

    Playoffs ??

    Are you kidding me ?

    Playoffs ???

    I just hope we can win a game !

  27. hanklee1989 says: Oct 25, 2013 8:23 AM

    Live in Charlotte, not a Panthers fan but I don’t understand all the crap they’re cathing over who they’ve beaten.

    If I recall correctly, KC has only beat 1 opponent with a winning record, and Denver hasn’t exactly lit up the top teams in the league this season either. Most of the top teams in this league will have won a lot of games against teams that won’t be in the playoffs. There aren’t too many teams that will play a lot of playoff opponents simply because of how the schedules are structured.

    Carolina shouldn’t apologize to anyone, and they shouldn’t feel bad because they’ve smoked a bunch of stinky teams. Peyton Manning & Andy Reid are getting lots of love for it

  28. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Oct 25, 2013 8:24 AM

    “They’ve won three straight, and are doing the things they should do against bad opponents.”

    Congrats, Panthers. Enjoy it, because when they write comments like this about you, you are a team on the way up.

  29. 63deuceman says: Oct 25, 2013 8:43 AM

    Down to the Panthers and the Lions for the last playoff wild card?

  30. jgedgar70 says: Oct 28, 2013 4:54 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Oct 24, 2013 11:34 PM
    Appropriate headline. Panthers fans need to realize this and stop talking like they’re legitimate contenders. Beat a team with a pulse and get back to us. We’re talking 5-22 combined record of these 4 teams.
    _____
    You are wrong about beating teams with no pulse. The Giants are 2 games out of first in their division. BOOM! :-)

  31. jgedgar70 says: Oct 28, 2013 5:07 PM

    detectivejimmymcnulty says:
    Oct 24, 2013 11:31 PM
    Cam is a really good player, but he makes it really hard for me to like him. Every first down isn’t a reason to dance.
    _____
    You know, now that you mention it, you are on to something. Why does this Newton celebrate all the time? No one else has ever done it. No complete offensive unit has ever done a group high-5 in the end zone. No defesive end has ever worn #99 and been remembered only for a sack dance. No DB has ever intercepted a pass and started high-stepping at mid-field (n the 1990s or this weekend). No one has ever planted a cell phone under gal post padding to grab if he scored. No one ha ever mimicked mooning the fans and walked up and down the sideline screaming, “I LOVE ME SOME ME!!!!!” No one has ever pulled a yellow jacket over his uniform to tell the world he thinks he’s a Hall of Famer. No one has ever written a book titled “Just throw me the damn ball.”

    You are right. Cam Newton has got to be stopped before he destroys the the game of football.

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