At halftime, there was a large contingent of Bucs fans wondering if one victory over the Panthers was worth missing out on possibly the top overall draft pick next April. Of course, the Bucs went back to their normal ways in half number two and ended up losing to the Panthers 19-17 in Charlotte.
The Bucs led 10-9 after an incredibly slow first half where, again, the Bucs were thoroughly outplayed in every part of the game. Luckily for the Bucs, their defense was able to hold the Panthers to four field goals, one of which Graham Gano missed. After a late field goal of their own, the Bucs seemed to be feeling pretty good heading into the half.
The Bucs would go back to their 2nd half woes to start the 2nd half. As Josh McCown would be hit inside his own 5-yard line, he would fumble and the Panthers would recover. A few plays later, Derek Anderson would hit Jerricho Cotchery, and the Panthers would not look back. The Bucs did add a late touchdown on a run by Josh McCown, but it was again too little too late for the Buccaneers.
With today's loss to the Panthers, the Bucs dropped to 2-12 on the season. They still remain the team with the 1st overall pick in the 2015 draft, having just percentage points advantage in opponent strength of schedule over the Tennessee Titans. The Titans are the one team that could threaten beating the Bucs in a tiebreaker for the 1st overall pick.
The Titans (2-12) will take on the Jaguars (2-12) on Thursday night this week. If you're looking for a team to root for, the Titans need your support!
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