Panthers Run Over The Bucs
Total Pro Sports – The game last night had the potential to be close and exciting division battle. However, once it resumed after halftime it was dominated by the Panthers and their powerful rushing attack. DeAngelo Williams and rookie Jonathan Stewart, looked like they were playing against a college defense as they ran for a total of 301 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Their performance also marked the first time in NFL history that a pair of teammates ran for 100+ yards, 2 touchdowns and better than a 7 yards per carry average.
The Tampa Bay Bucs got huge performance out of enigmatic wide receiver Bryant Johnson, who totaled 200 yards and also added a pair of scores. His performance was highlighted by a spectacular one handed catch in the end zone. This catch is one of the best I’ve seen in a while, yet it was overshadowed by the final outcome.
The other big story of the game was Ronde Barber getting burned on consecutive plays by both Panthers backs. Barber looked as if he has been taking tackling advice from Deon Sanders at halftime. On one series in the fourth quarter he tried to arm tackle Stewart and was violently stiff armed to the ground. The very next play he tried to arm tackle DeAngelo Williams, who simply ran right past him into the end zone. Ronde Barber has had a Hall of Fame career, and even a pick in yesterdays game, but after these two plays he looked old and slow.