Panthers have stability at QB, Bucs seeking it in NFC South

  • Panthers have stability at QB, Bucs seeking it in NFC South

Panthers have stability at QB, Bucs seeking it in NFC South

Moore then flips it to fellow wideout Curtis Samuel, who in turn proceeds to run through the hapless Bucs defense like a dad stomping through a kid's birthday party.

Cam Newton can't keep from grinning when he looks around at the playmakers that surround him in the Panthers' locker room. Humphries had eight catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns, while Howard hauled in four catches for 53 yards and two more scores.

His overall play was a reminder of just how valuable he is.

The teams appear headed in different directions entering an NFC South showdown Sunday in Charlotte - and quarterback play is a big reason why. That's a substantial increase from the past month.

McCaffrey averaged 11.5 rushes for 38 yards the past four games since gaining 184 yards on 28 carries in a Week 3 win against Cincinnati.

The loss dropped the Bucs to 2-3 in games started by Fitzpatrick.

The Panthers (6-2) are on a roll midway through the season, scoring 99 points in the last nine quarters. "That [leap] was about as exciting as it gets".

Fitzpatrick rallied the Buccaneers from a 35-7 deficit, completing 24 of 40 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns to make it 35-28 and a one-score game in the fourth quarter, but the comeback stalled. Jarius Wright had a crucial third-down conversion, Greg Olsen did highlight-reel "Greg Olsen"-things, including reel in a one-handed touchdown catch, and Samuel stretched for a touchdown, too".

Said Fitzpatrick: "Yeah, there was a lot of time left in the fourth quarter there when we brought it within seven". It had all the makings of the type of game that would feature Carolina taking a team photo at the two minute warning - shades of 2015. The 29-year-old Newton, playing in his eighth National Football League season, was sensational once again, completing 19 of 25 passes with two touchdowns and throwing for 247 yards. "But our guys don't blink. Our guys come to play wherever we are".

McCaffrey didn't blink on his leap. "So I was like, 'Let me go make something happen across the field'". "We kind of just react, and that's what went through my head".

Newton called the move "pretty solid". We've been playing well as a secondary.

"It shows you how important it is to have a franchise quarterback and have the position stabilized", Rivera said.