Bucs create little pressure: zero sacks, zero hurries
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina's Cam Newton made big play after big play Sunday, while the Bucs' defense couldn't come up with any consistent pressure, finishing the day with zero sacks and zero hurries in a 27-6 loss.
"They game-planned us real well," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. "They actually didn't run what you'd expect. They threw a lot of stuff in there, because I guess of how we've been playing against the run, changed a lot of stuff up."
In the first meeting with Seattle, the Bucs had three sacks of Newton, but the Panthers were much improved in their pickup of blitzes, according to coach Ron Rivera.
"It wasn't just the offensive line, but the offensive line has done a great job," Rivera said. "They have worked very hard at picking up blitzes. I think there is a little bit of residual from what happened earlier in the year when we did give up some big plays. Our backs did a really nice job with the blitz pickup when they had to, and then the tight ends (also)."
McCoy, who had three sacks against Atlanta two weeks ago, was held without a tackle of any kind. Despite playing without leading rusher DeAngelo Williams, who missed the game with injury, Carolina was able to rush for 163 yards, averaging 4.8 yards per carry.