Pictures from the Buccaneers' Week 5 match-up with the Panthers.
Throughout the Buccaneers' past three games, the team struggled to run the ball and found themselves on the losing side of the turnover battle. At halftime of their Week 5 matchup with the Panthers, the Bucs have addressed both problems and head into the break leading, 6-0.
Both Doug Martin and Charles Sims were inactive on Monday, with Sims being placed on injured reserve earlier in the day. With both players sidelined, Jacquizz Rodgers got the start and has made the most of his opportunity.
Rodgers has rushed for 71 yards on 17 attempts and has helped the Bucs dominate time of possession. So far, Tampa Bay has held the ball for 22 minutes, compared to Carolina's eight. Rodgers also has a team-high three receptions.
The Buccaneers' defense has forced two turnovers, while the team's offense has yet to give the ball up. Heading into the game, the Bucs had a turnover differential of -9, which was the second-worst in the league.
Tampa Bay got on the board early when Roberto Aguayo connected on a 35-yard field goal at the conclusion of the Bucs' first drive. He added another field goal to extend the Bucs' lead to six as the first half came to an end. Tampa Bay has struggled with turnovers, though, including two in third and one situations that the team would ultimately not convert.
Mike Evans leads the Bucs in receiving with 24 yards while Jameis Winston has completed nine of 14 passes for 85 yards.
The Panthers are set to receive at the start of the second half.