4:05 PM ET, November 17, 2002
They're not getting worn down -- they're just playing better teams. QB Rodney Peete is doing a great job with the personnel he has, and the defense is playing well. They're just losing close games to stronger teams. Mental mistakes (like missed blocks) have also hurt the Panthers.
Question on the Bucs: Will this "revitalized offense" continue to produce against a better overall team such as Green Bay next week?
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
Sapp played despite waking up with back spasms. ... Bucs CB Ronde Barber fractured his left thumb but finished the game. Keyshawn Johnson left with bruised ribs but returned. ... Carolina scored on its opening possession for the first time all season.