Sunday, December 1, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
By Pat Yasinskas
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A few thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 27-6 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
What it means: The winning streak ends at three games, and it does so with a thud. The Bucs simply were outclassed by the Panthers in every way. Now, reality can set back in. The Bucs are 3-9, and coach Greg Schiano might have moved back to the hot seat. The loss also keeps the Bucs in the running for a very early draft pick.
Stock watch: A couple of weeks ago, running back Bobby Rainey looked like a phenomenon. The past two weeks, he’s been bottled up. The blame for that doesn't fall on Rainey. Opposing defenses are loading up against the run and challenging rookie quarterback Mike Glennon to beat them. Until Glennon shows he can consistently throw the deep ball, there will not be a lot of room for Rainey to run.
Rocky outing: Glennon had played mistake-free football during the winning streak, but that ended Sunday. Glennon lost a fumble, threw an interception and wasn't able to get the offense to do much of anything. For the first time this season, Glennon didn't throw a touchdown pass.
Revis injured again: Cornerback Darrelle Revis was questionable for this game with a groin injury. He played into the third quarter but suffered a shoulder and chest injury while attempting to make an interception. Revis did not return.
What’s next: The Buccaneers host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.