CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When Cam Newton left the shotgun and started creeping towards the road of scrimmage, Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves knew precisely what was once coming.
The Bucs sniffed out a fourth-and-1 play from the 2-yard line with Hargreaves shoving Christian McCaffrey out of bounds with 1:22 left to maintain a 20-14 win over the Carolina Panthers and cap off an important defensive efficiency on Thursday evening.
Jameis Winston threw for 208 yards and a landing, Chris Godwin had 121 yards receiving and a rating and Peyton Barber ran for 82 yards, but it surely was once the Bucs protection that received this recreation. Tampa Bay held the Panthers with out a landing and restricted McCaffrey to 53 overall yards to provide trainer Bruce Arians his first victory with the staff.
The goal-line stand, specifically the fourth down play, was once simply the icing at the cake.
As Newton cleared out of the way in which, McCaffrey took the direct snap from middle, faked a opposite to Curtis Samuel and raced round left finish however could not in finding the threshold. He attempted to increase the ball, however did not select up the primary down as Hargreaves rode him out of bounds.
“You watch any soccer and you might have noticed it a couple of occasions,” Hargreaves stated of the play. “When I noticed Cam stroll as much as the road of scrimmage and act like he was once speaking to me I had a sexy just right thought what was once occurring.”
It will be laborious to consider the Panthers taking the ball out in their 6-foot-Five, 245-pound quarterback’s palms prior to now. Even Hargreaves stated a couple of years in the past, Newton “indubitably, 100 %” would have attempted to run and rating.
However this can be a other time for the ninth-year quarterback. Even though he has extra TDs speeding than some other QB within the league, he has simply minus-2 yards on 5 carries this season with two fumbles .
“He can not take them hits like that,” Hargreaves stated. “It is going to devour his frame up. So no longer in reality. We anticipated extra throwing as he’s aging in his occupation.”
Panthers trainer Ron Rivera stated there’s not anything unsuitable with Newton’s shoulder or foot that averted him from operating the ball. He believed the Panthers had the suitable play known as.
“Sadly, it did not paintings,” Rivera stated. “That is all I will inform. We felt just right in regards to the play.”
McCaffrey stated it was once his process to get into the top zone — or no less than select up the primary down — and he failed.
“The ball is in my palms and I’ve to make that play,” McCaffrey stated. “I’ve to get well.”
In fact all the Panthers offense must get well, Newton stated.
“It is laborious to appear defensive guys within the eyes after a recreation like this as a result of we did not uphold our finish of the cut price,” Newton stated. “All arms are pointed again to the offense and me in particular.”
Newton completed with 324 yards passing , however was once held with out a landing for the second one instantly week.
The Buccaneers (1-1) were given various force on Newton with 3 sacks coming from Shaquil Barrett. The Panthers failed to achieve the top zone, most effective scoring on Joey Slye’s 4 box targets and a security by way of Luke Kuechly . They’re Zero-2 for the primary time for the reason that 2013 season.
Newton stated it is embarrassing being booed off the sector on some 3rd downs. He stated you’ll be able to’t blame the fanatics and “they deserve higher.”
WINSTON AVOIDS TURNOVERS
After throwing two select 6’s ultimate week, Winston performed a turnover-free recreation.
And with the protection enjoying neatly, that was once just right sufficient.
“I believed he was once remarkable,” Arians stated. “He had a hell of per week so far as mentally making ready and getting able for this ball recreation. I feel that is the kind of recreation he can play.”
NEWTON THROWS DEEP
After fielding various questions on most effective making an attempt just one go of greater than 20 yards downfield within the season opener in opposition to the Rams, Newton hooked up on a 44-yard strike to Curtis Samuel past due within the first quarter. It was once considered one of handful of deep balls the quarterback threw.
JEERS TO CHEERS
After fumbling his first two punt go back makes an attempt, Ray-Ray McCloud was once greeted with paradoxically cheers as he fielded his 3rd punt cleanly. However the jeers briefly grew to become to cheers when McCloud raced up the center of the sector for a 39-yard go back.
Undrafted rookie Joey Slye made all 4 box targets, together with a 54-yarder and is now 6 of seven at the season rather than the injured Graham Gano.
Buccaneers: Linebacker Devin White left the sport within the first quarter with a knee harm and cornerback Jamel Dean suffered a decrease leg harm within the 3rd. Neither participant returned to the sport. Kevin Minter, who changed White, was once given the sport ball after completing with 8 tackles.
Panthers: None reported.
Buccaneers: Host New York Giants on Sept. 22.
Panthers: At Arizona on Sept. 22.
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