Tale of the tape
Week 11: Tampa Bay Buccaneers At Carolina Panthers
|The Bucs have become a scary team and much of that is due to Josh Freeman. The Bucs have full confidence in their signal-caller and he has responded with a consistent effort for rookie head coach Greg Schiano. Freeman has excellent size, sees the field well and makes outstanding decisions. He has arm strength, a quick release and can make positive yards running with the ball.||Quarterback||After a great game against the Redskins, Cam Newton could not follow it up against the Broncos. He has lost much of the big-play ability he demonstrated throughout his rookie season. In addition to failing to hit crucial passes against the Broncos, he couldn’t get the job done on the ground either. Newton has appeared lost much of the season.|
|The hard running of Doug Martin is probably an even bigger surprise than the play of Freeman. Martin is one of the most effective rookie running backs in years. He followed his 251-yard, 4-TD effort against the Raiders by running for 68 yards against the Chargers. Former San Diego wide receiver Vincent Jackson is the Bucs’ best downfield threat and Mike Williams is also effective.||Offense||The Panthers have struggled on the offensive end this season and that’s why this team has not been winning. Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams are solid running backs but they got shut down against the Broncos. Steve Smith needs to assert himself early in order to help Newton, but that has not been happening this year. Greg Olsen has good hands at tight end.|
|The Bucs struggle badly when it comes to stopping opponents through the air. The defensive line does not have the pass rush ability to put consistent heat on opposing quarterbacks and the secondary makes too many mistakes and is often out of position. Linebacker Lavonte David is a difference maker. He had 14 tackles against the Chargers.||Defense||The Panthers are a very hard hitting defense and they will make it difficult for Martin to unleash a consistent ground game. However, the Panthers gave up 301 yards and a touchdown against Peyton Manning and they will have a difficult time controlling the mobile Freeman. Luke Kuechly is coming off a 10-tackle effort against the Broncos.|
|The Bucs are confident in placekicker Conner Barth, who made both of his field goal attempts against the Chargers. Michael Koenen averaged 44.7 yards per punt against the Chargers. The Bucs did a solid job in coverage against San Diego.||Special Teams||The Panthers did not do anything to help themselves on special teams once again. Justin Medlock missed his only field goal attempt against the Broncos after a similar 0-for-1 effort against Washington the week before. Brad Nortman averaged 50.1 yards on nine punts vs. the Broncos and he gets excellent height on his kicks.|
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