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Buccaneers Have To Wear Panthers Defeat ‘On Our Sleeve’

It’ll be an introspective few days in Tampa Bay after the Buccaneers lost their fourth game in five on Sunday.

Tampa lost 21 – 3 to a Panthers team coached by interim Steve Wilks who has just traded its star player.

It was a frustrating day offensively as the unit never quite clicked. The Buccaneers converted only 2-of-12 third downs and was 1-of-3 on fourth down tries.

Tom Brady was restricted to three points for only the fifth time in his career. It happened to him twice in 20 years with the Patriots. It’s now happened to him three times in three seasons with the Buccaneers.


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“It’s never one play,” said Brady, who finished 32-of-49 passing for 290 yards. “It’s a lot of plays and we’re not playing the way we’re capable of, it’s obvious.

“We talked about execution the other day and it still comes up,” Brady said. “I think we all just need to do our job better. There’s no easy way about it. They’re trying to keep us from doing our job, we’re trying to do it, and they’re doing a better job than we are. Anytime you score three points, that pretty much sums it up.”

Head coach Todd Bowles says his players need to step up in the most challenging point of their season.


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“We’re not playing well,” Bowles told reporters following the game. “We’re not playing well as individuals, we’re not playing well as a team, we’re not coaching well. All the way around. Not scoring enough on offense, not stopping them enough on defense.

“As a result, we have to wear this on our sleeve. They’ve got to be grown men and we’re going to see what we’re made of, how many people can handle adversity. It’s about as dark as it’s going to be right now.”

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