By FRED GOODALL AP Sports activities Author
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady has a blinding observe document of profitable, interval.
The six-time Tremendous Bowl champion’s excellent on the subject of rebounding from uncommon season-opening losses throughout a 21-year profession after tasting victory with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the primary time on Sunday.
Brady threw for 217 yards, one landing and an interception, whereas getting a whole lot of assist from one other acquisition since final season, Leonard Fournette, who got here off the bench to hurry for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
“Our execution was just a little bit higher. I feel we’re nonetheless a good distance from the place we have to be,” Brady stated. “I feel if we have now the flexibility to make performs, consistency, dependability are going to be issues that we actually want. So, we’ve obtained to get again to work. Clock’s ticking on subsequent week.”
The 43-year-old quarterback additionally bounced again in Week 2 after dropping openers with the New England Patriots in 2003, 2014 and 2017.
“He has a fairly good historical past of that,” coach Bruce Arians stated. “This sport ought to have by no means gotten to as shut because it did. However I assumed he was excellent. His management on the sideline was nice, and he put us in the precise play with quite a lot of completely different audibles and performed actually, rather well.”
Brady tossed a 23-yard TD cross to Mike Evans within the first quarter. Fournette scored on runs of 1 and 46 yards, the latter coming after Carolina rallied from a 21-Zero halftime deficit to tug inside 24-17 on a pair of TD runs by Christian McCaffrey and Joey Slye’s 23-yard discipline aim with 1:57 remaining.
“I attempted to place the icing on the cake for the crew,” stated Fournette, a two-time, 1,000-yard rusher who’s been with Tampa Bay lower than two weeks after being launched by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Brady accomplished 23 of 35 passes, and Evans completed with seven receptions for 104 yards. Fournette averaged 8.6 yards per keep on 12 dashing makes an attempt.
Teddy Bridgewater was 33 of 42 for 367 yards and two interceptions for the Panthers (0-2), who had 4 turnovers along with 9 penalties. Carolina additionally allowed 5 sacks, certainly one of them leading to a fumble that arrange Brady’s solely TD cross.
“We simply can’t beat ourselves and have detrimental performs,” Bridgewater stated. “However hats off to Tampa. They’re an important crew. We talked about defending the ball and defending the QB, and we have now 4 turnovers. I’ve to be higher and I take possession in that.”
McCaffrey, who spent many of the fourth quarter on the sideline with a decrease leg harm, scored on runs of 1 and seven yards. He completed with 88 yards from scrimmage, 59 dashing on 18 carries and 29 receiving on 4 catches.
“It’s robust whenever you don’t have your finest gamers on the sphere,” Bridgewater stated.
Carolina obtained massive days from receivers DJ Moore (eight catches, 120 yards) and Robby Anderson (9 receptions, 109 yards).
“9 penalties and 4 giveaways, however it’s a one-score sport within the fourth quarter,” Panthers coach Matt Rhule stated. “Now we have to do a greater job of enjoying clear soccer.”
Brady threw for 239 yards and two TDs throughout Tampa Bay’s 34-23 season-opening loss at New Orleans. He additionally harm the Bucs with a pair of interceptions, together with one which was returned for a landing and drew criticism from Arians.
The protection set the tone for Sunday’s victory, forcing two turnovers inside a three-play span of the primary quarter after not having any takeaways in the course of the season opener.
Jordan Whitehead’s interception preceded a 10-play, 78-yard landing drive Brady fueled with a 50-yard completion to Evans and that Carolina prolonged with a private foul that gave the Bucs a primary down on the Panthers 7.
Ronald Jones ran it in on the following play for a 7-Zero lead Brady rapidly constructed to 2 touchdowns after rookie security Antoine Winfield Jr. sacked Bridgewater and Jason Pierre-Paul recovered to arrange Evans’ 23-yard TD catch on the following play.
“I assumed Teddy was below duress an excessive amount of of the day. They’re a stress protection and so they had been getting their fingers on him,” Rhule stated.
“I assumed he competed and there shall be days the place you’ll be able to’t get issues flowing,” the Panthers coach added. “However I used to be proud he saved pushing the pedal and obtained us again within the sport.”
The Panthers have allowed six TDs dashing in two video games. They’ve allowed 38 over the previous 18 video games, together with a NFL-leading 32 final season.
Sunday’s matchup was the primary in 17 years between NFL groups led by head coaches, who additionally as soon as held head teaching jobs on the similar school.
Arians and Rhule each launched their head teaching careers at Temple, the place Arians went 27-39 from 1983-88 and Rhule was 28-23 from 2013-16.
Former Miami Hurricanes coaches Dennis Erickson and Butch Davis led NFL groups towards one another on Sept, 21, 2003, when Erickson was teaching the San Francisco 49ers and Davis was main the Cleveland Browns.
MIKE DAVIS TIME
With McCaffrey leaving the sport early within the fourth quarter the Panthers obtained a have a look at backup Mike Davis, who had eight catches for 74 yards. Davis didn’t carry the ball in any respect, nevertheless, with the Panthers in catch-up mode.
“I’m simply right here to do my job and do no matter coaches asks me to do. I’m not going to do something loopy,” Davis stated.
In a twist, the Panthers additionally made a concerted effort to get extensive receiver Curtis Samuel concerned within the operating sport. Samuel, who performed some operating again at Ohio State, had 4 carries for 26 yards.
Panthers: Stay on street towards the Los Angeles Chargers.
Buccaneers: Journey to Denver to face the Broncos subsequent Sunday.