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Winners and losers for Panthers vs. Buccaneers

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got blown out in their own stadium by the Carolina Panthers. Again. So let's go through some winners and losers for the game. Mostly, losers.


Jameis Winston

Four interceptions and a massive step back after two promising games. Winston wasn't quite as bad as his stats suggest, and he was actually pretty much okay outside of those four interceptions -- but those four interceptions hurt, a lot. And three of those picks were all on him -- he just made bad decisions and worse throws. That's something that's going to happen with rookie quarterbacks and there's no chance of him getting benched, but it's still disappointing.

Kyle Brindza

Two missed field goals and a missed extra point. That's seven missed kicks in the past two games. He'll be looking for a new job tomorrow.

Mike Jenkins

Got beat repeatedly, including twice on touchdowns to Ted Ginn. Why he keeps getting on the field ahead of Alterraun Verner is a complete mystery. Lovie Smith's infatuation with his athleticism has to know some limits, right?

Jason Licht

Ryan Delaire, the guy they cut in the preseason, got as many sacks as the Bucs' entire team. Mike Jenkins was garbage. George Johnson got beneched. Donovan Smith was pretty bad. Jameis Winston had a horrible game. Oh, and Kyle Brindza missed yet another two field goals. At this point, only a handful of his roster decisions over the past two years look any good.

Gosder Cherilus and Donovan Smith

Both of the Bucs' tackles got beat repeatedly by Ryan Delaire of all people. Jared Allen didn't do much, but th

Lovie Smith

A second blowout loss at home just four games into the season will put any head coach on the hot seat. This is no different, and Smith will be fired at the end of the season if the Bucs can't turn this around. This is the second year in his system and almost the entire roster has been turned over under his watch, yet the team still can't play consistently.


The Bucs haven't won a home game since 2013, and they've seen the Bucs walk out of Raymond James Stadium with blowout losses five times out of ten games under Lovie Smith. That is ridiculous, and it's a miracle that the Bucs are even filling a stadium at this point.


Doug Martin

20 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown, as well as five carries for 37 yards. He had a very good game and would have put up bigger statistics had the Bucs not let this game get out of hand.

Chris Conte

Had a good pass breakup early on and was once again solid in pass coverage. He's been surprisingly solid at free safety this year, though I wouldn't exactly call him a difference maker.

Gerald McCoy

Managed a sack and a few other splash plays. Played consistently well despite an injured shoulder. It's just a shame that he's playing garbage teams week after week.

Vincent Jackson

Nine catches for 141 yards. A lot of it came in garbage time, but the Bucs veteran had a very good game as Josh Norman mostly covered Mike Evans (commenters point out that Norman was on Jackson a lot, too).