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Getting Defensive - Tampa Bay Bucs

Oct 22 2013 06:07 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
Many fans are ready to start celebrating the Panthers having their first winning record since Jake Delhomme was the starting quarterback. Veteran Panthers fans know better.

The Panthers are on the road against a division rival in prime time during a short week. Everyone on that field is a paid professional football player and the creme of the NCAA crop. The Panthers could lose this game. Here are the key points on defense to make sure that does not happen.

- Force rookie mistakes. So far this season Bucs rookie QB Mike Glennon has actually looked pretty decent. Against the Falcons last Sunday, he had a 90.7 passer rating and completed 59% of his passes. Not bad for a rookie forced into a starting position. Glennon's passer rating has improved every week. Clearly he is learning. The Panthers defense will attempt to confuse Glennon with disguised coverages and blitzes. These tricks probably would not work against Drew Brees, but against Glennon could yield great results.

I never thought Brad Johnson would lose the title of Bucs QB with the longest neck.

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- Don't relax on run stuffing. Tampa Bay RB Doug Martin is most likely out for this game, even though they are playing coy about confirming it (not a bad strategy in a short week and fewer injury reports). Still, the Panthers should not overlook the Bucs rushing attack. We have seen long and sustained drives given up by the Panthers defense when they lose focus. It is up to Sean McDermott to keep his unit hungry and unwilling to allow a single yard on the ground. Backup RB Mike James has looked average at best, the Panthers should be able to shut him down.

The game Thursday night has all the makings of a trap game. Although I do feel the Panthers will win this game, I am not convinced it will be the blow out many are predicting.

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This is the one and only time I'm glad the Bucs swept us last year. Plenty of reasons for the team to get fired up about this one.

The Rams helped to light any fire in the Panthers that was not yet lit.  There seems to be a new attitude on the entire team. Certainly RR becoming more aggressive has helped the team believe.

 

Now there is the little thing about the last time the Panthers played on Thurs nite.  The team has something to prove on national TV. Becoming relevant is just around the corner and the players can almost taste it.  They want it. They want it as a team and are playing together and for each other.

 

Cam has become a leader, Ron has become a head coach.  My fellow Huddlers, this team is playing to win.

 

I have only one concern about the D.....it involves the health and safety of Glennon.  He looks a bit fragile. The Panther Welcome to the NFL Wagon of Hardy, Davis, Johnson, Luke, et al will not make him feel warm and fuzzy.  Just hope they don't break anything other than his spirit.

I think its time for a "On Notice" thread.

This is one game that has me cautious about. For one it is a divisional game and Tampa really doesn't have anything to lose. We just have to stay focused and disciplined. I am loving the "new" attitude that this time has seem to put on and I believe it starts with RR. I am excited about the game as well because this would put us over .500 since 2008. Thats a pretty long time. Lets go panthers!

Just gonna throw this out there....

.....dude's mom f***ed an ostritch.
These types of games always scare me... We should win, but...

I hope they don't Panther it up.

Buc the Fuganneers

These types of games always scare me... We should win, but...

I hope they don't Panther it up.

 

I hope they don't get Munsoned in Tampa.

These types of games always scare me... We should win, but...

I hope they don't Panther it up.


These types of games always scare me... We should win, but...

I hope they don't Panther it up.


One thing about Rivera, with the exception of the Chiefs last year (who played a very emotional game at home btw) we do tend to win these games against horrible teams we are supppose to win. Jags and Colts in 2011, Eagles last year and Giants Vikings this year. I really cant think of a game we lost under the Rivera era were it was to a terrible team.
I think he still wins shirt with longest shoulder length award.


One thing about Rivera, with the exception of the Chiefs last year (who played a very emotional game at home btw) we do tend to win these games against horrible teams we are supppose to win. Jags and Colts in 2011, Eagles last year and Giants Vikings this year. I really cant think of a game we lost under the Rivera era were it was to a terrible team.


Guess you missed the Arizona game a few weeks ago.

Guess you missed the Arizona game a few weeks ago.


Im talking about hot garbage 2-4 win teams. The Cardinals are not on the level of suck like the teams like Bucs, Jags etc. Im talking about teams projected with a top 3 pick in the draft, we tend to win against those teams.

Just gonna throw this out there....

.....dude's mom f***ed an ostritch.




Or a ladger head turtle.


Or E.T


Or a giraffe.



The possibilities are endless.

Im talking about hot garbage 2-4 win teams. The Cardinals are not on the level of suck like the teams like Bucs, Jags etc. Im talking about teams projected with a top 3 pick in the draft, we tend to win against those teams.


How many of those teams have we played in the RR era? The Cardinals aren't good. We still played down to their level and lost.
Arizona is not a terrible team. Their offense sucks, but the defense is pretty good. They have had the misfortune of one of the toughest early season schedules this year.
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CardiacCats
Oct 22 2013 08:15 AM
Agreed. I'm very nervous and honestly just ready to get it over with

That neck!!!

 

It's not human!

Arizona is not a terrible team. Their offense sucks, but the defense is pretty good. They have had the misfortune of one of the toughest early season schedules this year.


The Cardinals are not a playoff team. If you expect your team to be a playoff team then you have to win that game and not play like poo. Same thing for the Bills. We played down to inferior teams' levels.

This game seems easy but don't take them seriously and at the end of the day you will be defeated.

Against the Bucs the Panthers must play at 100%

 

GO PANTHERS !

 

We will dominate this game even though I'm sure Vincent Jackson will have a great game as well. Our corners won't be able to stop him

We will dominate this game even though I'm sure Vincent Jackson will have a great game as well. Our corners won't be able to stop him

 

Last week i wrote a message about our front 7 Vs Bradford.

Mikell and Captain remembered me how good some of our DBs can be.

How many of those teams have we played in the RR era? The Cardinals aren't good. We still played down to their level and lost.


Im not talking about middle of the pack teams like the Cards. Im talking about bottom feeders.. Jags, Bucs, Vikes etc. The worst of the worst, we tend to beat those teams. The Cardinals game was a coast to coast game coming off a bye with a veteran yet erratic QB and a very stout D. I dont put the Cardinals on the same level as the Bucs and Jags.

Last week i wrote a message about our front 7 Vs Bradford.
Mikell and Captain remembered me how good some of our DBs can be.


Im sorry, but IF (a huge if) we ended up losing this game and I dont see Vjax doubled or even tripled in some instances, I will be back on the fire Rivera bandwagon. How in the hell would you not constantly double Vjax considering just how weak their other WRs are and how Glennon constantly locks on to him like hes playing Madden. Give Vjax the Tony Gonzalez double treatment and you win that game, pure and simple. Hell, do the Bucs even have a TE on their roster? Lol

Im not talking about middle of the pack teams like the Cards. Im talking about bottom feeders.. Jags, Bucs, Vikes etc. The worst of the worst, we tend to beat those teams. The Cardinals game was a coast to coast game coming off a bye with a veteran yet erratic QB and a very stout D. I dont put the Cardinals on the same level as the Bucs and Jags.


I wouldn't put the Bucs in that category, personally. They've lost some close games, much like us last year. They could most definitely beat us if we play down.
I thought Stevie Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, and all the guys from New York would would eat up our crap secondary. They didn't. I thought vaunted rushers like Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson could go off against our front seven, and were both held to paltry ypa. Our team only gives up 14 points a game, and all six teams we've faced score more than Tampa Bay does. Our offense is starting to click and have long, sustained drives that rests up the defense. Plus, the wild card is that I will be at this game loud as fug, demoralizing an already downtrodden fanbase.

You guys are all jaded, we all are. But while you can play the it's a trap game card and and dip a big toe into the water, I'm doing a fuging cannonball into the deep end. Maybe you guys feel like you will set yourselves up for less disappointment by not having high expectations, but I believe we score 24+ in this game, which is 13+ more than we'll need to win. I ride out the highs, and self-medicate the lows. If I had the confidence to make a bet against an ex-college linebacker/mma fighter to take a punch to the face if we lost to St. Louis, you know Montsta is gonna be balls deep in Tampa Bay.

Panthers 30
Bucs 10