Buccaneers turn it on in second half, beat Panthers 46-23

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The Buccaneers and Panthers went to halftime tied at 17 and it looked like we might be in for a shootout in Carolina.

Only one team kept firing after halftime. The Buccaneers scored the first six times they had the ball in the second half and ran out the clock the seventh time in a 46-23 win that comes a week after their worst performance of the season.

The Bucs are now 7-3 with the Rams and Chiefs coming to Tampa before they hit their bye week.

Ronald Jones had the biggest individual highlight of the game. He broke free for a 98-yard touchdown in the third quarter that put the Bucs up by nine and helped his side start to run away with the game. Teddy Bridgewater was intercepted on the next drive and the Bucs extended their lead to 15 points.

Jones finished with 23 carries for 192 yards and Tom Brady added a rushing touchdown later in the second half. Brady also completed 28-of-39 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns in a big rebound from last week’s loss to the Saints.

Mike Evans caught six passes for 77 yards and a touchdown, which should quiet concerns about his connection with Brady. Antonio Brown caught 7-of-8 passes thrown his way and picked up 69 yards while Chris Godwin paced the team with 92 receiving yards. Rob Gronkowski also caught a touchdown and the whole mix was impossible to stop once it got rolling.

Bridgewater was sharp in the first half, but struggled in the second before being knocked out of the game on a Jason Pierre-Paul sack. He hurt his right knee — not the one he hurt while in Minnesota — and P.J. Walker played out the final minutes in his NFL debut.

The quarterback’s status will be a key factor as the Panthers prepare to face the Lions in Week 11. The 3-7 squad will be trying to snap a five-game losing streak.

19 responses to “Buccaneers turn it on in second half, beat Panthers 46-23

  1. They did a better job today keeping him upright. There’s no secret to Brady’s bad games. Rough him up, make him lose faith in his protection, and his mental gears grind to a halt.

  2. Could have been a lot worse than that. Panthers looked lifeless in the second half. Brady seemed to have all day to throw which allowed Evans, Godwin, Brown, and Gronk to get their lions share of yards. I’m more impressed with Ronald Jones in this game he should be used a lot more by the Bucs.

  3. The Bucs will beat the Saints in the game that matters most later on. It’s just like when the Patriots beat the Giants twice back in 2007: once in the preseason and the last game of the regular season. Then, they lost Super Bowl XLII. It’s so difficult to beat the same team three times in the same season.

  4. Not gonna lie as a 20+ yr Bucs fan, after last week there was a sense of slight panic because that’s what the Bucs have done for years. But this is why Brady makes all the difference, it’s that sense of belief. It’s that change in culture this franchise has needed for years now. Is Brady 43 and not the same QB he was 10 or 15 years ago…..yes but that isn’t what we need. We need the ability to believe we can win and he oozes that.

  5. yes he does ooze confidence. Still wish he was here with old grumpy pants. They should have retired together in a few years. BB ego just couldn’t do it.

  6. oldgrouch says:
    November 15, 2020 at 4:37 pm
    Reports of Tom Brady’s death have been exaggerated.


    Yes. He’s been disproving the knuckle-draggers predictions for so long now it’s downright hilarious. Years and years of this.

  7. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 15, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    The Buccaneers have yet to beat a good team


    Packers fans aren’t going to be happy with you.
    Or Raiders fans.

  8. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 15, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    The Buccaneers have yet to beat a good team


    Your Jets haven’t beat anyone. Might wanna look there for some problem-solving first.

  9. See what happens when you develop a running game? Good things. That’s what happens. Matt Rhule has the Panthers competing but they had no business being neck and neck with the Bucs, let alone the Chiefs last week. The Bucs knew it and applied pressure in the second half. Also, thoughts and prayers with Teddy baby, should he be out for a lengthy period of time, I wish him nothing but a speedy recovery.

  10. calvinhobbes says:
    November 15, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Aaron Rodgers is the GOAT. Prove me wrong.

    He was almost beaten by the 1-8 Jacksonville “Sucksonville”, quarterbacked by Jake Luton, rookie, sixth round pick. Maybe Luton is the next Brady, though?!
    Had another pick.

    Last week, he was beaten by the 3-5 Vikings quarterbacked by Kirk Cousins.

  11. If they protect Brady he will pick you apart but if he gets pressured he makes Mitch Tribusky look like a Hall of Famer I want to see a game were a Defense throws everything they got and he has a phenomenal Game.The next 2 Games he has alot to prove

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