Bucs can't turn pair of picks into points
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On a day full of missed opportunities, the Bucs got interceptions from linebacker Lavonte David and safety Keith Tandy, but were only able to convert those takeaways into a combined three points in Sunday's loss at Carolina.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had thrown two interceptions in the previous three games combined, but the Bucs got one early, as Tandy got his team-best third interception on a pass that went high and through the hands of Carolina receiver Brandon LaFell.
"The d-line got good pressure on him, and the ball was thrown and it went off the guy's hands and right to me," said Tandy, who saw the Bucs offense lose yardage after the turnover and settle for a 53-yard field goal by Rian Lindell.
Carolina had driven to the Bucs' 22 in the third quarter when David picked him off at the 11, matching Tandy for the team lead with his third INT. Again, the Bucs offense couldn't build on the momentum, as Mike Glennon was sacked on the next play, setting up a three-and-out and punt.
Tampa Bay went into the game with 15 interceptions, one off the NFL lead, and the team's three interceptions returned for touchdowns is also one short of the NFL lead. On Sunday, however, the takeaways couldn't be converted into significant points for the Bucs.