Car 7 7 7 10 31
TB 3 3 0 7 13
Date of game: 10/24/2013

Recap: Tampa Bay vs. Carolina

Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Carolina Panthers find themselves in unfamiliar territory.

On the flip side, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers remain in a freefall.

Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Panthers cruised to a 31-13 victory over the winless Buccaneers Thursday night at Raymond James Stadium.

Newton had 221 yards on 23-of-32 passing and added 50 yards rushing for the Panthers (4-3), who have won three in a row to move above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2008 season.

Rookie Mike Glennon completed 30-of-51 passes for 275 yards with a fourth- quarter touchdown pass for Tampa Bay (0-7), which has opened a season with seven consecutive losses for the second time in five years.

"We just made some errors that are going to keep you from winning games," said Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano.

The Panthers built a 14-3 lead after a pair of long touchdown drives.

Newton was 7-of-8 on an opening possession that featured 15 plays and consumed nearly nine minutes. Newton moved the chains by scrambling for 16 yards on 3rd-and-12 from the Tampa Bay 35 before finding a wide-open Greg Olsen for a 1-yard TD on another third down.

After Tampa Bay countered with a 47-yard Rian Lindell field goal, the Panthers covered 80 yards in six plays. Fullback Mike Tolbert closed out the first quarter with 22-yard run to near midfield, then Newton hit Ted Ginn, Jr., who broke a tackle on a crossing pattern. The 35-yard catch-and-run converted a 3rd-and-3 from the Tampa Bay 47, and DeAngelo Williams raced to the end zone on the next play.

Carolina's offense stalled for a bit after opening the game with the two impressive drives.

"Execution was the key to this game," Newton said. "We came out on fire as an offense, put up 14 points. Then hit a lull."

The Panthers found their rhythm again in the third quarter. Following a three- and-out by Tampa Bay, the Panthers got the ball back at their 47-yard line.

Facing a 4th-and-1 from the Tampa Bay 28, Tolbert powered his way for two yards, getting the first down with his second effort. Newton then followed up a 19-yard run with a 6-yard dash for a touchdown.

Later in the third, Tampa Bay's Eric Page muffed a punt and Carolina recovered the fumble. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Newton and Tolbert hooked up for a 3-yard scoring strike.

Graham Gano added a 29-yard field before Glennon connected with Tim Wright for a 10-yard TD with 2:53 to play.

Game Notes

The Panthers finished the 2008 regular season with a 12-4 record ... Ginn had 80 yards on five receptions ... Williams ran eight times for 43 yards ... Mike James started in place of injured Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin (shoulder) and totaled only 39 yards on 10 carries ... Bucs wide receiver Vincent Jackson was targeted 13 times, but made just five grabs for 79 yards ... Lavonte David notched his fifth sack of the season, the most by a Tampa Bay linebacker since Lonnie Marts recorded seven in 1996.

NASCAR News
Kahne gets three-year extension from Hendrick

Kasey Kahne will continue to drive for Hendrick Motorsports through the 2018 Sprint Cup season, signing a three-year contract extension on Thursday.

Bears send Briggs to IR

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs will miss the remainder of the season due to a groin injury that could end his long tenure with the franchise.

Royals ship Crow to Miami

The Kansas City Royals have traded reliever Aaron Crow to the Miami Marlins for a pair of minor league pitchers.

Pacers' West, Watson to make season debuts

The Indiana Pacers welcome back two familiar faces on Friday, with forward David West and guard C.J. Watson set to make their season debuts.

Ducks acquire D Brewer from Lightning for pick

The Anaheim Ducks acquired veteran defenseman Eric Brewer from the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday in exchange for a third-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.