Buccaneers roll with Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. NFC South rival Panthers

Panthers Week 9 injury report Cam Newton limited again Torrey Smith still out

Panthers Week 9 injury report Cam Newton limited again Torrey Smith still out

B Offensive line: This was a tough test for Carolina's line, and they struggled in the second half to contain Tampa Bay's pressure.

"We're grateful to get out with a win, so we can get back into the lab, watch the film and decide what caused the miscommunication", Jackson said. The former Ohio State standout started left, then cut back to his right and sped around the corner for a 21-7 Carolina lead. "And we've got D-Jack, Chris, O.J. and Cam". The 35 points were the most the team has ever scored at halftime and one point shy of the best half ever - that was a 36-point second half in 2002.

Ryan Fitzpatrick retook the starting job from Jameis Winston in Week 9. Fitzpatrick found Adam Humphries twice for scores, once in the third quarter and in the first minute of the fourth to pull the Buccaneers within seven at 35-28.

Winston, who was suspended for the first three games of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy, has thrown six touchdowns and 10 picks in four appearances in 2018.

In the other five games — all losses — opponents have compiled double-digit leads in the first half, and the offense has spent the second half trying to make up ground.

Defensive end Julius Peppers helped Bradberry out, too. It's not on the coaches. But as I said, that's part of playing young guys. "I'm exhausted of the coaches saying they have to take it because it's up to the players to play ball".

"You're either going to look real smart or you're going to look dumb if it doesn't work, so that's on me", Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said, via Eduardo Encina of the Tampa Bay Times. "On those five straight drives where they scored, on three of those drives we put them in disgusting field position with an interception, two sacks, a punt return and a fake punt". Evans had two 100-yard games with Fitzpatrick at quarterback early in the season - a 147-yard game at New Orleans and a 137-yard game at home against the Steelers.

A Special teams: This group is usually consistent, and today was no different. "To go down unexpectedly and to fight through the offseason and preparing myself to get back from my ankle injury, and to come back and finally be out there to make plays and contribute to the team, it's awesome".