[026] Ralph and Molly are especially inebriated in this instant reaction to the Bucs loss to the Saints

It was a tale of two halves, where the offense was inconsistent and the defense, while playing well enough, could not compensate for the offense’s shortfalls.

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Week 14 versus Saints: A tale of two halves

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There’s nothing more disconcerting than a division loss. Well, except for maybe a nearly-flawless first half, followed by an ugly second half.

At the end of the half, the Bucs led in time of possession, first downs, the turnover margin,  and most importantly the score. The Saints tallied an abysmal 3 yards rushing on 9 carries. Drew Brees threw his fourth interception of the season.

The Buccaneers even came out strong after the half, with a Carl Nassib strip sack with a JPP recovery early in the third quarter. However, the momentum changed after back-up quarterback Taysom Hill blocked a Bryan Anger punt. After that, it was game-on for the Saints.

They ended the game with 298 total yards, 100 of those rushing. They led us in time of possession with 31:53 to our 28:07. They even made a garbage time interception on Winston, breaking his three-game streak.

The offensive line was just offensive. In addition to the penalties, Winston was sacked four times and hit 10. Winston made several bad passes with defenders in his face that would have been costly against a better secondary.

Overall, the first half will be forgotten and it will be characterized as an ugly game for the Bucs. Two missed field goals, perhaps attributable to the rain. An unnecessary roughness penalty on Jensen led to a heated exchange between him and Winston on the sideline right before the half. A failure to execute on both sides of the ball.

The Saints were able to clinch the division and a playoff berth today with their win and the Panthers loss. Questions about the future of the Buccaneers have resurfaced.

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[025] Week 13 Panthers all-22 and Week 14 Saints preview

Molly and Ralph talk about what they saw in the coaches film in the butt whooping of the Panthers as well as give their thoughts and predictions of the upcoming game against the Saints. Is Benenoch becoming a good lineman? What was different about the play calling on offense? Are we going to beat the Saints? Find out these things and more with this episode of the Buccaneers Observer!

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[024] Bucs beat the Kittens. Let’s discuss.

When nobody gave the Buccaneers a chance, they show up and trounced the Panthers in a game everyone thought was a shoe-in for Carolina. It is apparent the team has not quit on Koetter. The defense is showing up. Does this change the wisdom that Koetter should be fired?

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Bucs win 24-17 against the Carolina Panthers: Our Initial Thoughts

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Complete. Decisive. Words the team used to describe last weeks performance have translated into a convincing win this week against division foe the Carolina Panthers.

The star of the show was unquestionably Andrew Adams, who recorded three of the Bucs’ four interceptions against the Carolina Panthers. Adams tied the franchise record for single-game interceptions, joining Aquib Talib and Ronde Barber, who earned the honor twice. Javien Elliott recorded the team’s fourth interception of the game. The secondary had to overcome losing Justin Evans and Isaiah Johnson, as well as missing Brent Grimes for the entire game.

The calm, cool, collected Jameis returned today. He took sacks in circumstances where he would probably have forced throws earlier in the season. Winston broke the team’s franchise record for touchdowns, beating Josh Freeman with 81 total touchdowns. In addition, and more importantly, Winston did not contribute to the Bucs’ turnovers today: the only Bucs turnover came from a questionable fumble, where Peyton Barber crossed the goal line with the ball and lost it off of Donovan Smith’s pad. A challenge by Dirk Koetter would have been futile as all turnovers are reviewed and the refs confirmed the call. I think we can all agree that terrible call hurt the Bucs and would have been a point of contention had the Bucs lost the game.

Despite the Bucs’ MO for having a high-flying offense, they clocked less yards than the Panthers this week – 444 to 315 – which goes to show yards do not equate to wins (as if we hadn’t already learned that this season.)

The Bucs defense did its part, holding Christian McCaffrey to 106 yards and one receiving touchdown, a marked improvement over our week 9 matchup where he accumulated over 150 yards and two touchdowns.

The key to this game, however, was the defense getting after Cam Newton early (they must have listened to our podcast). Cam threw at least two interceptions under pressure – we’ll be able to tell definitively after reviewing the all-22.

While in the game it appeared penalties really hurt the Bucs, we won in that aspect as well. The Panthers had 7 penalties for 104 yards, compared to the Bucs’ 9 penalties for 69 yards. Several of the Bucs’ penalties came at crucial times, but in the end we were able to overcome.

Everyone else in our division lost this week, enabling the Bucs to move up to third in the division. The Panthers are still in the playoff hunt at 6-6, but the Bucs are still alive with this win. The Saints, despite being 4 games up on the Panthers, have not yet clinched the division.

Overall, this was a convincing win against a formidable opponent. I’m optimistic for our rematch against the Saints next week provided the Bucs can field this team next week. It was a job well done and congratulations are certainly in order.

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[023] Ralph and Molly make some bold predictions for this week’s matchup against the Panthers

Both teams have a close eye on the turnover battle in this season’s division rematch. The Panthers need a win to remain contenders in the playoff hunt, while the Bucs need a win to stay alive. Ralph predicts a Bucs win at 32-28. Molly also predicts a Bucs win, with a final score of 28-24. Are we delusional? Maybe! But Go Bucs!

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[022] Ralph and Molly talk a more conservative Jameis, a ballin’ JPP and Vita Unvelcroed in this review of the Bucs’ Week 12 victory over the 49ers

This may have been the most boring win of the season, but, hey, a win’s a win, right?

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[021] The Bucs won! We’re still in the playoff hunt! Season’s not over…

Mike Evans breaks records. JPP’s 10 sacks on the season ends the Buccaneers drought of double digit sacks since Simeon Rice. Jameis didn’t turn the ball over. Santos nailed all his attempts. Vita Vea showed up. Bucs fans have a lot to be thankful for after this Week 12 victory against the 49ers.

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[020] Molly and Ralph’s immediate reaction to the Bucs defeat at the Giants. Drink with us, Bucs fans.

Another disappointing defeat from a team who is better on paper than what they’re showing on the field. Let’s look forward to San Francisco, our last definitively winnable game of the season.

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[019] Ralph and Molly discuss the kicker situation, the Tampa media, Eli Manning and the Bucs’ Week 11 chances

We’re calling out the Tampa media for performance on-par with the team they cover. After that tangent, we discuss meme-worthy Eli Manning, the Giants’ one dimensional offense, and our score predictions for Sunday.

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