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Tampa Bay Buccaneers weekly report


The Buccaneers are 0-6 with Sunday's 28-21 loss to the Carolina Panthers, and some are wondering just what's going on.

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For a while, it looked like the Bucs might be on the way back as Carolina blew a 21-7 lead, giving up a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter and then saw the Bucs tie the game on Tanard Jackson's 26-yard interception run.

Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme was doing a good job - for Tampa Bay - throwing two interceptions in the second half, which helped the Bucs get back into the game, and Tampa Bay forced a third turnover.

But with the score tied in the fourth quarter, Delhomme redeemed himself, handing the ball to DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart in an 80-yard drive in the closing minutes that ended in a touchdown and a Carolina win.

Cadillac Williams gave Tampa Bay an early 7-0 lead with a 20-yard touchdown run. Sammie Stroughter's long kickoff return trimmed Carolina's lead to 21-14, then Jackson's touchdown tied it with 8:33 remaining.

Tampa Bay's Josh Johnson finished 11 of 17 for 147 yards and one interception, which linebacker Thomas Davis ran back 24 yards to set up Delhomme's 1-yard TD pass to Jeff King.

Williams rushed for 77 yards on 16 carries. Johnson had 45 yards rushing, but he was sacked four times.

On Sunday, the Buccaneers will try again to get their first win in a game against the New England Patriots in London, England.


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