After losing six straight games to Carolina, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally got a win against their NFC South rivals, beating the Panthers 17-14 in Charlotte on Monday Night Football.
That had to taste good.
“It tastes real good to get a victory,” Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “We just got to get back to work now. We got a bye week coming up, so we just got to get back to work when we get back and get ready for the next game.”
Tampa Bay (2-3) will play the 49ers (1-4) in San Francisco on Oct. 23.
The Bucs held Carolina scoreless in the first half before rallying in the second half to get the win. Roberto Aguayo missed two field goals in the game but drilled a 38-yarder as time expired.
“I had all my faith in him,” Alexander said. “I knew he was going to make the kick. I would’ve bet my life on it.”
Tampa Bay trailed 14-6 late in the third quarter, but Jameis Winston took the Bucs 75 yards in four plays – and found Adam Humphries for the two-point conversion – to tie the game. Winston also led Tampa Bay on an 11-play, 66-yard drive in less than two minutes to set up Aguayo’s game-winning field goal.
“He always do that,” Alexander said of Winston. “I’m behind Jameis 100 percent. I knew he was going to go down there and get in good field position. That’s what he do.”
Derek Anderson was 18-of-28 for 278 yards and two interceptions for Carolina. He also lost a fumble.
“We was just doing what we’re supposed to do,” Alexander said of the defense. “We was out there having fun, enjoying the game and we came out with a victory.”
The Bucs have a critical stretch upcoming. After the 49ers, they play three straight home games against Oakland (4-1), Atlanta (4-1) and Chicago (1-4).
“It’s going to be kind of hard,” Alexander said, “but we’re going to have to get it done.”