Each groups had one thing to show Thursday.
Jameis Winston needed to present that he was prepared to guide the Buccaneers whereas Cam Newton needed to show he was able to return to type as an NFL MVP. Each have been coming off forgettable begins however just one was in a position to flip it round in Week 2.
Winston was in a position to lead Tampa Bay to a 20-14 win at Financial institution of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Bucs’ protection helped shut down Newton and firm, who had an opportunity to finish the comeback after they had the ball, trailing by six factors, contained in the 5 with time winding down. However an enormous defensive cease by Tampa Bay sealed the sport.
Three takeaways from Buccaneers’ highway win vs. Panthers
The ‘Quarterback Whisperer’ lastly received to Winston
Bruce Arians is understood for his capability to repair quarterbacks. He has helped develop Professional Bowl signal-callers Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck and Carson Palmer. Now, Arians is tasked with turning round Winston’s profession.
Winston, the primary general choose within the 2015 draft, has underperformed after his Professional Bowl rookie season. Since becoming a member of the NFL, he has essentially the most turnovers (79) and interceptions (61) within the NFL and is tied for essentially the most fumbles misplaced (18) and his first sport of the 2019 season didn’t look promising. He threw three interceptions whereas finishing simply over 55% of his passes in Sunday’s 31-17 loss.
Usually, a fast turnaround to a Thursday night time sport would fatigue most gamers. But it surely appeared to do the alternative for a seemingly energized Winston.
He completed the sport 16-of-25 passing for 208 yards, together with a 20-yard landing cross to Chris Godwin.
Newton shut down by Bucs protection
Like Winston, Newton wanted an enormous night time. Not like Winston, he was unable to take action towards a troublesome Buccaneers protection.
Now how a lot was Newton self-sabotaging and the way a lot was the hassle of Tampa Bay, which has circled underneath the management of Todd Bowles, is up for debate however on the finish of the night time, Newton was sacked thrice and had the ball punched out by the Bucs, who then recovered the fumble. He accomplished 25 of his 51 passes within the loss.
By itself, it may very well be chalked as much as a poor night time. However consecutive ineffective video games is a troubling signal for the seemingly wholesome Newton.
Did the Panthers destroy their playoff possibilities?
This is not a primary, or second, week overreaction. Now that the Panthers are 0-2, they’ve a 12% likelihood of creating it to the postseason. The percentages — until they change into the 2018 Texans or Seahawks, who made the playoffs regardless of the dismal begin — aren’t of their favor.
Each of Carolina’s losses got here at Financial institution of America Stadium, which is not ideally suited contemplating 4 of its subsequent 5 video games are on the highway. If wins at residence are arduous to return by with a struggling Newton and Christian McCaffrey, who has but to get going, then going through the likes of the Texans and Buccaneers (once more) on their turf will likely be an enormous take a look at for the group.