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The Panthers' win was anchored by a strong performance from quarterback Kyle Allen, the backup making a number of strong throws into the intermediate areas of the field. The offensive line made his day easier by gifting him a clean pocket for much of his dropbacks.
Star running back Christian McCaffrey was held to a low 31-yard rushing total by the Buccaneers' defense. The London fans got a glimpse of his usual playmaking abilities on his receiving touchdown in the second quarter, with McCaffrey juking past three defenders on his way to the end zone.
Luke Kuechly intercepted a Jameis Winston pass in the second half and broke up a pass on another target, but he also gave up two touchdowns late in the game, one on the ground after a missed tackle and another in coverage on a seam route over the middle of the field.
Gerald McCoy returned to haunt his former team. The former Buccaneers standout recorded three sacks and multiple pressures in the contest. His teammate Vernon Butler also had two strip-sacks in the game.
Carl Nassib looked dominant on the edge all afternoon, racking up multiple defensive stops against the run.
Shaquil Barrett has cooled off after a hot start to the season, with the Panthers offensive line holding him to his second straight game without a sack. Barrett also failed to record a defensive stop and didn't generate much penetration in the run game.
It was a game to forget for Winston. He was responsible for six turnovers on the day, a product of poor decision-making and several inaccurate passes. He mixed in some well-placed balls, but his good passes were too far and in between to come back and win the game.