Carolina Panthers 10-0-14-6 — 37
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-7-7-6 — 23
Panthers Control Game in Tampa Bay, Move to 4-0
Cam Newton finished 11-for-22 for 124 yards and two touchdown strikes to Ted Ginn Jr. as the Carolina Panthers rode yet another balanced attack to a 37-23 win over the young Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.
The Panthers defense, newly revamped with the addition of defensive end Jared Allen, held rookie Jameis Winston in check on the day for the most part.
Winston, who has ridden an up-and-down first season in the NFL already, was 26-of-43 for 287 yards and two touchdowns, but he also had four interceptions as his learning curve continues play out.
Doug Martin did rush for 106 yards on 20 carries and added a touchdown in the loss, as the Bucs fell to 1-3 on the season.
Jameis Winston Hits Charles Sims for 6
Jameis Winston threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Charles Sims to cut the Panthers’ lead to 31-17 in Tampa Bay. The Bucs are not going away easily against the undefeated Panthers at Raymond James Stadium.
Newton, Ginn Connect Again, Panthers Take 3-Score Lead
Cam Newton threw a 12-yard strike to Ted Ginn Jr. to put Carolina up 31-10 midway through the third period.
It was the duo’s second touchdown connection of the game.
Stewart’s Fumble Results in Touchdown for Panthers
Jonathan Stewart fumbled a ball into the air and into the hands of teammate Ed Dickson for a 57-yard touchdown early in the third quarter in Carolina.
Bucs Make it Interesting Going to the Break
The Panthers jumped out to a 17-3 lead after some sloppy Tampa Bay play helped them propel out to the advantage. But then Tampa Bay came back to make it a game at the break.
The Bucs had an impressive drive late in the second quarter, led by Jameis Winston’s 6-for-6 passing, and capped off by a Doug Martin 5-yard touchdown run.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was 7-14 for 67 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown strike to wideout Ted Ginn Jr.
Martin Scrambles for 5-Yard Score, Bucs Cut Into Lead
Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin scored from 5 yards out to cut the Bucs’ deficit to 17-10 at home against Carolina.
Jameis Winston was 6-6 for 62 yards on the drive.
Newton Hits Ginn for Touchdown to Increase Panthers’ Lead
Ted Ginn Jr. caught a pass From Cam Newton for 7 yards, and the Panthers continued to cruise at home against the Texans.
Newton is 6-12 for 58 yards thus far.
Winston Throws Pick 6
Jameis Winston is off to a rough start in a showcase game against division rival Carolina.
Winston’s pass short right was interepted and returned for a touchdown by Panthers cornerback Josh Norman for 46 yards.
Panthers Strike First
Graham Gano nailed a 24-yard field goal to give Carolina a 3-0 lead on the road, following a fumble by Tampa Bay’s Joe Hawley.
It won’t come easily, as the red-hot 3-0 Panthers charge into Tampa Bay behind the versatile and Cam Newton leading the offense, and a defense that’s been good but could get even better with the addition defensive end Jared Allen. Another heavy-hitter, linebacker Luke Kuechly, will have to wait at least another game.
It will be compelling to see how both teams fare. For Winston and the Bucs, it’s their toughest test to date; and Carolina has the potential, if the personnel all meshes properly, to become a truly dominating team.