CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 24: Mike Williams #19 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is tackled by Sherrod Martin #23 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Panthers Vs. Buccaneers: Defense Rules In Tampa Bay Win

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers managed to hold Cam Newton the Panthers to just 10 points to win their season opener on Sunday.

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Panthers Vs. Buccaneers, Week 1: Carolina Fans Frustrated After 16-10 Loss

The start to the 2012 season didn't exactly go as planned for the Carolina Panthers, losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-10 on Sunday.

Cam Newton was 23-of-33 for 303 yards and a touchdown, yet two costly interceptions and three sacks prevented the Panthers offense from finding a good rhythm. The offense's inability to run the ball without Jonathan Stewart created more problems, as the team managed just two yards rushing on 13 attempts in the game.

Jaxon, of SB Nation's Cat Scratch Reader, felt that the Panthers fight to take the "next step" as a franchise took a major hit after Sunday's loss.

The Panthers road to respectability just got a lot rougher as they lost the one game of the first five they felt they had the best chance to win. Unlike last season when the Panthers toasted the Bucs the Panthers looked terrible in all phases of the game at some point in the game. The Bucs on the other hand didn't put up a lot of points but they were able to run the ball well enough and they got pressure on Newton, which the Panthers were unable to do.

The offensive line has to be the biggest disappointment as they got abused all day. Rookie LG Amini Silatolu seemed to stand out the most as Gerald McCoy ran over him constantly. The running game was seriously non-existent as the Panthers only ran for...check this out: 10 total yards. Yes, I said that right...10 total yards FOR THE ENTIRE GAME!

Jaxon was also disappointed in Cam Newton's game, as the second-year quarterback struggled with his decision-making at times that contributed to the costly turnovers.

For more on the Panthers please visit Cat Scratch Reader, and and stay on this storystream for your NFL updates today.

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Panthers Vs. Buccaneers, Week 1: Bucs Nation Happy To See Conservative Approach Back In Tampa

It wasn't a high-scoring affair, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers topped the Carolina Panthers 16-10 in their season opener, a strong but measured start for a team expected to improve a rough 2011 under new coach Greg Schiano.

The guys over at Bucs Nation were happy to see an approach to the game that was more reminiscent of an earlier era of Buccaneers football, and not the 4-12 2011 edition of Tampa Bay:

Conservative, turnover-free offense was paired with punishing, disciplined defense buoyed by a strong pass rush reminiscent of the late 1990s in the Tampa Bay area.

Greg Schiano came to town with a new philosophy: run the ball and stop the run, and you'll win the close games in the end. That's the way it turned out in today's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Especially encouraging on offense was quarterback Josh Freeman, who received high praise:

... Josh Freeman became a true game manager. With Vincent Jackson bringing a new dimension to the team's offense and Mike Williams looking more like his 2010 self, the quarterback played it safe. There were no forced passes, and Freeman took two sacks rather than attempting a risky throw on third down.

For more coverage from the Bucs' first-week victory, make sure you head over to Bucs Nation.

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Panthers Vs. Buccaneers, Week 1: Bucs Nation Happy To See Conservative Approach Back In Tampa

It wasn't a high-scoring affair, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers topped the Carolina Panthers, 16-10, in their season opener, a strong but measured start for a team expected to improve a rough 2011 under new coach Greg Schiano.

The guys over at Bucs Nation were happy to see an approach to the game that was more reminiscent of an earlier era of Buccaneers football, and not the 4-12 2011 edition of Tampa Bay.

Conservative, turnover-free offense was paired with punishing, disciplined defense buoyed by a strong pass rush reminiscent of the late 1990s in the Tampa Bay area.

Greg Schiano came to town with a new philosophy: run the ball and stop the run, and you'll win the close games in the end. That's the way it turned out in today's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Especially encouraging on offense was quarterback Josh Freeman, who received high praise.

... Josh Freeman became a true game manager. With Vincent Jackson bringing a new dimension to the team's offense and Mike Williams looking more like his 2010 self, the quarterback played it safe. There were no forced passes, and Freeman took two sacks rather than attempting a risky throw on third down.

For more coverage from the Bucs' first-week victory, make sure you head over to Bucs Nation.

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Panthers Vs. Buccaneers Game Recap: Tampa Bay Holds On For 16-10 Win Over Carolina

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used a ball control offense and a stingy opportunistic defense to defeat the Carolina Panthers, 16-10. The Buccaneers dominated the time of possession, keeping Cam Newton watching on the sideline.

Tampa Bay got on the board first with an 80-yard drive that was capped by a six-yard touchdown reception by Mike Williams. The Bucs extended the lead to 13-0 with a couple of field goals before the Panthers finally cashed in with a 22-yard scoring strike from Newton to Brandon Lafell.

The two teams traded field goals in the fourth quarter to make the score 16-10. Carolina elected to kick the ball deep with just over two minutes remaining rather than going for an on-side kick and were unable to get a stop as the Buccaneers converted a couple of first downs to seal the win.

Impact Player -- Ronde Barber:

There was a lot to like about Ronde Barber's first game at safety, as he finished with five total tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss and an interception.

Panthers' Running Game Struggles:

Carolina struggled heavily without Jonathan Stewart, finishing with 13 carries for 10 yards total.


Twitter reaction:

Hello Steve Smith

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Ahmad Black picks off Cam Newton:

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Fantasy stud -- Tampa Bay Defense:

The Tampa Bay defense came up big for fantasy owners on Sunday, holding the Panthers to just 10 points, while registering three sacks and two interceptions.

Next Week's Schedule:

Next up for the Buccaneers is a trip to MetLife Stadium in New York for a matchup with the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. The Panthers will return to Carolina in Week 2 for their home opener against the New Orleans Saints.

Bucs Nation has you covered for all the latest on the Buccaneers while Cat Scratch Reader has all the latest news and analysis on the Panthers.

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Mark Barron Continues to Make Big Plays

Just a few series after Mark Barron laid wood on Panthers WR Steve Smith, he was back at it again– this time breaking up a vital pass intended for Louis Murphy.

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The Panthers are trying desperately to break through, but Barron is one of the largest reasons they're not having any success. In short: The rookie has been stellar.

For more on the Buccaneers head over to Bucs' Nation, and stay on this storystream for your NFL updates today.

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Cam Newton Falls in Love with Arm, Ahmad Black Shares Moment with Ball

This isn't the way the Carolina Panthers needed to close out a 6-point game, right at the end of the third quarter. Last season there were times Cam Newton fell in love with his arm too much, and attempted near-impossible throws. This was one of these moments.

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If you're Ahmad Black and you just picked off Cam Newton what would you do? Celebrate, sure... but maybe you cherish the unsung hero of the moment, the ball– and the two shared a moment. Notice the pensive stare as he gazes deep into the laces.

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Steve Smith Scampers, Gets Leveled By Mark Barron

Steve Smith is the Carolina Panthers best receiver, Steve Smith had over 1,000 receiving yards last year. Mark Barron is a rookie, Mark Barron didn't want Steve Smith getting over 1,000 receiving yards this year.

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It's a tale as old as time, and one where the veteran learned a valuable lesson– Mark Barron will not be nice to you if you're trying to scamper for a few more yards near the sideline.

I'm sure the veteran had no problem getting a 'welcome to the NFL' moment from a guy who has been in the league about 45 minutes.

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Nope... he doesn't look happy at all.

For more on the Panthers head over to Cat Scratch Reader, and stay on this storystream for your NFL updates today.

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Sammie Stroughter Scared of Carolina Panthers Punt

Thankfully for the world nothing came of the Cold War, but we should be relieved that we were left with the lessons that came from the tension. When it came to the Panthers and Buccaneers it was the grade school advice to 'duck and cover' that was hastily observed by Sammie Stroughter, when a dangerous punt came entirely too close to his personal bubble.

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Who are we to judge? Under the spotlight of the NFL and all the pressure in the world on your shoulders who can tell the difference between "It's coming right for me!" and "Oh, it's about twenty yards to my left". To this end Stroughter did his job to a tee, and as an aside won a role in the Tampa Bay repertory theater's production of 'Thriller'.

For more on the Buccaneers head over to Buc's Nation, and stay on this storystream for your NFL updates today.

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Jonathan Stewart Out For Panthers' Week 1 Game

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart will not play in the team's Week 1 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Stewart wrote the following on his Facebook page:

Sorry panther fans but it Looks like I'll be missing the game opener this year due to my recent ankle sprain! I'll be helping my team today by cheering them on! lets go panthers!! #panther-nation

Stewart ran for 761 yards and four touchdowns last season, playing in all 16 games for the Panthers. Stewart's absence could mean more carries for DeAngelo Williams and possibly fullback Mike Tolbert in goal-line situations.

Kickoff for Sunday's game is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET.

For updates on the game, stay tuned to SB Nation Tampa Bay. For more in-depth coverage of this matchup, head over to Tampa Bay Buccaneers blog Bucs Nation as well as Carolina Panthers blog Cat Scratch Reader. For more news, notes and analysis from around the league, visit SB Nation's NFL hub.

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