It’s time for PewterReport.com’s 2-Point Conversion post-game column, which features two statements, two questions and two predictions based on the latest Bucs game. Tampa Bay got its first win of the season with a 31-17 victory over NFC South rival Carolina. The Bucs defense came up with five sacks and four takeaways, while Mike Evans and Leonard Fournette each had 100-yard performances and combined for three touchdowns as the Panthers’ fourth quarter comeback fell short.
STATEMENT 1: Bucs Defense Became A Big-Play Unit
For a minute it looked like Tampa Bay was going to collapse again. After racing out to a 21-0 at halftime, the Panthers cut the Bucs’ lead to 21-14 and then to 24-17 at different points in time during the fourth quarter. This game looked like it might be a replay of Tampa Bay’s 32-31 loss to the New York Giants in which the Bucs blew a 28-10 lead at halftime.
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