The Detroit Lions are in a position the Buccaneers have experienced many times in the past. Hosting Tampa with a current record of 3-9-1, they have nothing to play for but the draft. The injury bug hit the team hard, with a backup quarterback and depleted wide receiver and running back corps. Rumors are Matt Patricia’s hard-nose coaching style is not resonating with the players. How will the Buccaneers fare as they enter their last road game of the year? Can they finish the season on a six-game win streak? We touch on the Patriots cheating scandal and Ralph’s reverence for a good cheat.
The culture change has finally turned the tides. The Buccaneers proved with this win that they care about one thing in the last remaining weeks of a championship-less season: victory. The feeling has spread to the fan base and energy surrounding the team is high. Ralph assessed Jameis’ interceptions: they were all clearly on the shoulders of the quarterback. But by playing complimentary football, the defense minimized damage from the mistakes and put the hands back in the hands of Jameis Winston. Winston had a record-shattering showing this game, as he broke his single season record for passing yards, which also happened to be the franchise record.
Buccaneers claim victory in a roller coaster ride to which Bucs fans have become accustomed. Jameis Winston started off the game with an interception, followed in the next drive by an Ogunbowale fumble. But that didn’t keep the offense down. Neither did the pick six late in the second quarter. Or the loss of Mike Evans. The boys persevered, putting up 38 points. The defense helped, and although they only clocked one sack on the stat sheet (shared by Shaq Barrett and William Gholston), they put heavy pressure on Brissett all day. Devin White shows why he was a top-5 draft pick with a forced fumble, which was recovered by Mike Edwards. Winston sat out a series with a fracture in his hand, allowing Ryan Griffin to get his first regular season snaps. Winston powered through the injury for the remainder of the game.
The Buccaneers are on a hot streak as they return home to face off against the Colts. This game is a must-win for both teams to keep playoff dreams alive. The Colts limp into the matchup with injuries to its receiving corps and at the kicking position. We’ll see the Bucs elite defensive line compete against an elite Colts offensive line. Ralph and Molly master segues this episode. Could the colt be the worst mascot in football? Dallas DT Antwaun Woods gets arrested for marijuana and Ralph gets political.
Jason Pierre-Paul was the standout in this game, making his presence felt all game. The interior defensive line had a relatively quiet showing. The secondary played outstanding for the second week in a row. Rojo missed the blitz that caused Winston to fumble. His benching by Bruce Arians was justified given the poor pass protection we’ve seen all season. OJ Howard and Donovan Smith, along with Rojo, were the weakest performers on offense. Plus, bonus good news from the NFC South: Ron Rivera has been fired from the Carolina Panthers. We talk the Panthers prospects and the state of the NFC South given the impending Falcons implosion.
The Buccaneers play a complete game for the second week in a row, leading to victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jameis Winston keeps his mistakes to a minimum. Devin White has another good game. A quarterback change for the Jaguars momentarily breathed life into the team, but they were ultimately only able to rack up two scores. Vita makes another appearance on offense.
Shut the front door… The secondary made this game. Jamel Dean shows promise, tallying an impressive 13 passes defended in 161 total snaps. The defensive line hits its stride in the second half and showed passion that has been absent in recent weeks. Jameis Winston overcame adversity early in the game to finish with a solid performance overall. Ralph has some praise for the refs this week.
It was a shaky start for the Buccaneers offense when Jameis was picked off during the first drive. Nevertheless, the defense was able to step up a make a stop despite the Falcons’ good field position. Chris Godwin brought the Buccaneers’ offense off the ledge with a 71 yard touchdown. According to Dan Quinn, this play was a pivotal point for the Falcons as a whole. Bucs fans’ wishes were granted with a Vita Vea score on offense. Ndamukong Suh scores his second touchdown of the season. Buccaneers defense makes mincemeat of the Falcons offensive line, accumulating six sacks in total. The secondary showed up today in their best performance of the season and Ralph gets vindication. The Buccaneers’ offensive line has a nearly flawless game, allowing no sacks all game.
The Falcons’ season has been a tale of two teams: a 1-7 disaster before the bye week, and a division-stomping monster post-bye week. Coaching shake-ups have transformed the team for the better in what normally would be a sign of desperation. LB coach Jeff Ulbrich and DB coach (and former Buccaneers head coach) Raheem Morris share defensive playcalling duties in a bizarre dichotomy after head coach Dan Quinn relinquished the head set. Unusual or not, it seems to be working. The team has accumulated 11 sacks, four takeaways and has only allowed nine points in the last two weeks, stomping division rivals News Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers in back-to-back road wins. Ralph clarifies his stance on the Buccaneers secondary. We also delve into the Buccaneers woes. We’re as stumped as BA.
The Buccaneers were simply outcoached in the team’s 34-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Our division rival incorporated different looks on defense, exploiting the offense’s weakness: running back pass protection. Although Devin White recorded his most tackles of the season, that can largely be attributed to the number of times he was targeted. It appears as though he, along with Mike Edwards, were purposely targeted by Drew Brees and Co. Jameis can be credited with three interceptions on the game, which makes him top of the league in that statistic. How does he stack up against notable quarterbacks of the modern era?