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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers: What they're saying

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Bucs coach Greg Schiano, on the Bucs having the ball for 37:27 to the Panthers' 22:33:

"That's critical when you keep (Cam Newton) off the field. The best way to defend him is to not have to defend him."

Bucs receiver Mike Williams, on his touchdown catch:

"They call me 'Touchdown Mike.' So I had to go out there and represent the name."

Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, on scoring a touchdown on their first drive:

"Everybody was just locked in. The focus was where it needs to be."

Newton, on throwing two interceptions:

"It's very disappointing. We knew coming into this game what to expect. They just came out and executed better than we did. Fortunately for us, they are in our division and we get to play them again."

Panthers coach Ron Rivera, on the Bucs defense:

"A lot of stuff they threw at us, they hadn't shown. They did a good job hiding stuff in the preseason."

Steve Smith, Panthers receiver on the first quarter:

"It was like they were the rabbit and we were the tortoise."

Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell, on the Bucs:

"They came out with a chip on their shoulders."

Charlotte Observer's Scott Fowler, on the Panthers:

"The Carolina Panthers looked dazed and confused for much of their 16-10 loss. … This sort of effort won't get it done. The Panthers were one of the best running teams in the NFL last year, and they became one of the worst Sunday. I thought the worst part of the game for Carolina was its offensive line, which looked overwhelmed and undermanned far too often despite the presence of two Pro Bowlers (Ryan Kalil and Jordan Gross). That DeAngelo Williams was a total nonfactor in this game just boggles my mind."

ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas, on the Bucs:

"One game doesn't make a season, but the Buccaneers could be a lot better than many people expected. … They also gave their fan base a show of promise. And that could help the crowds start coming back to a stadium that has sold out only twice in the past two seasons."

SI.com's Chris Burke, on the Bucs:

"Schiano got to work changing the culture in Tampa Bay immediately after taking the job, his dismissal of Kellen Winslow Jr. the most high-profile of his moves. It's only one week, but Schiano's efforts to make the Buccaneers a tougher, more disciplined group appear to have paid off."

Charlotte Observer's Tom Sorensen, on the Panthers:

"Fans of the losing team always complain about officiating. The replacement officials did miss a few calls. The officials they replaced tend to miss a few, too. Perhaps officials were intimidated by the 20,000 or so (my count) fans at Raymond James Stadium. There were times when they sounded like 21,000."

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