BY: John Mamola /

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was simply too much for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the third year starter combines for over 276 yards and three touchdowns as Carolina defeats the Buccaneers 31-13.  For the first time since 1985, the Buccaneers have lost their first seven games of the season as the hot seat continues to lit surrounding around head coach Greg Schiano. 

The Buccaneers defense struggled to stop Newton and the Panthers offense from the very beginning of the game.  Newton taking Carolina’s first drive of the game 64 yards in 15 plays with ease, ending with a Greg Olson touchdown catch putting Carolina up early 7-0. 

Following a Rian Lindell 47 yard field goal cutting into the Panthers lead at 7-3, Newton and the Panthers offense struck again.  DeAngelo Williams capped off a six play drive which went for 79 yards on a twelve yard touchdown run extending Carolina’s lead to 14-3.   

The Buccaneers offense added to their total again on special teams with another field goal good off the foot of Lindell.  Lindell’s 48 yard field goal made it a 14-6 score which took the two teams into the half and a rousing chorus of boos from the hometown crowd.

Things didn’t get much better in the second half as the Panthers defense, which came into the game allowing only 13.8 points per game, shutout rookie quarterback Mike Glennon and the Bucs offense.  The Buccaneers offense only entered Carolina territory once in the second half as Newton and the Panthers racked up seventeen unanswered points with a six yard rushing touchdown and a touchdown pass to fullback Mike Tolbert. 

Glennon and the Bucs lone scoring drive of the second half came in garbage time as rookie tight end Tim Wright’s ten yard touchdown catch cut into the Panthers lead.  However, it was way too little and much too late again for the Buccaneers as they close out the contest with their divisional rival with a 31-13victory.

The Buccaneers have now lost 12 of their last 13 regular season games as Mike Glennon falls to 0-4 as a starter in the NFL.  Glennon finished the game 30-51 for 275 yards and a touchdown as the offense sorely missing starting running back Doug Martin as the Bucs only rushed for 48 yards on 14 carries.  The Buccaneers penalty issues which have plagued this season so far were slightly non-existent as the Bucs were only called for three penalties and twenty-one yards.

With the win, the Carolina Panthers end a 70 game (nearly five years) streak without their record being over .500, as Greg Schiano falls to 7-16 as Buccaneers head coach.

The Bucs will have ten days to review and prepare for the Seattle Seahawks in the great northwest a week from Sunday.  You can catch the game on 620AM / 95.3FM WDAE with the pregame at 1:30pm, and a 4:05pm kickoff.