The Buccaneers led the Panthers in almost every major statistical category except turnovers, which proved to be the difference on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The Buccaneers gave the ball up five times, compared to Carolina's one, and dropped, 37-23, in Week 4 of the regular season.
Photos from Buccaneers vs. Panthers at Raymond James Stadium.
The Buccaneers had more first downs, total yards, rushing yards and passing yards than Carolina, but allowed scores on each of their five turnovers to drop to 1-3 on the season.
Of the team's five turnovers, four were interceptions. One of those interceptions was returned for a touchdown in the first quarter.
For the second game in a row, rookie kicker Kyle Brindza struggled. Brindza, who missed three field goals in Houston in Houston last week, was one-for-three on Sunday and missed an extra point. He's connected on six of 12 field goals so far this season.
Doug Martin was a bright spot for the Bucs, picking up 106 yards on 20 carries, an average of 5.3 yards per carry. Martin found the end zone on a five-yard run in the second quarter and had a long of 26 on the day. Sunday was the eighth 100-yard rushing game of his career.
Fellow running back Charles Sims also found the end zone, catching a 10-yard touchdown pass from Jameis Winston in the third quarter. Sims caught three passes for 30 yards and carried the ball six times for 23 yards.
With 58 seconds to play, Winston conneted on his second touchdown pass of the day, finding Vincent Jackson from six yards out. The rookie quarterback finished the day completing 26 of 43 passes for 283 yards.
Chris Conte led the Buccaneers in tackles with eight, including one for a loss, while Gerald McCoy recorded a team-high two tackles for losses, in addition to a sack.