Carolina Panthers win their eighth straight
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was happy with the win and for the fact that they had this one easy. He was present at the post game conference in formal wear but was benched for the Bucs game.
"It was great to be a part of this type of win," Newton said. "But we all know that all roads are leading to New Orleans."
Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross felt ecstatic about their record and said this was a true standout moment with the team.
“It's awesome. I've been a part of a few winning seasons and some good teams, but winning eight in a row is tough,” he said. “Especially now. As the wins pile up, you become the team other teams want to beat to put a notch in their belt. ... It was a good win going into a huge game.”
Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy seemed really let down after losing both matches against the Panthers and said they felt truly beaten by them.
"They beat us physically, mentally, every facet of the game," he said. "They just dominated us."
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said that misdirection was the key element in his plan to victory which turned out to work pretty well.
“We disguised coverages very well so it put a little bit of doubt in the quarterback's mind,” Rivera said. “He didn't have the opportunity to release the ball quickly because I'm not sure that he was sure what our coverages were.”
Rivera was having a hard time when the season started and the Panthers were 0-2 for NFL 2013 regular season. Just after three months, the Panthers are the strongest contenders for the division title and things are looking pretty good in all other areas as well.
“It's very satisfying because of where we came from. As I've said before, it's been a hard four years for a lot of guys in that locker room. It's been a hard two years for myself and a lot of other people as well,” Rivera said. “It is very satisfying to be on a nice little roll, but again there is a lot of work to do.”