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?
In the Bucs loss to the Saints, all hope was dashed for a Buccaneers far-stretched-but-still-mathematically-possible playoff run. Every unit on the team had a bad game: from the quarterback to the offensive line to the running backs to the receivers to defensive line and so on. Lackluster playcalling played a role, as well. The remainder of the season will be geared toward evaluating players to retain next season.
Saints will be missing their starting left guard so Vea should feast. Mike Evans is sure to have a better showing than last time they met in week 5. Molly and Ralph give their predictions.
Vernon Hargreaves’ lackluster performance Sunday appeared to have been the straw that broke the camel’s back for Jason Licht and crew – the team announced his release today. Jameis Winston had one of his best games of the season against the Arizona Cardinals. While the Buccaneers made some crucial mistakes, it seems the Cardinals were more error-prone during this matchup. Is there any love lost between Bruce Arians and the refs? For once the Bucs benefit from referee incompetence as Jamel Dean got away with one on the last play of the game. Vita Vea appeared on offense and it was glorious. Shaq Barrett has offensive linemen shaking in their cleats. OJ Howard has a rough day blocking.
The Buccaneers earn a victory at home against Bruce Arians’ former team the Arizona Cardinals. Despite Jameis starting the game with a interception following a sack, the Bucs quarterback was able to rebound and played a solid game to lead us to victory. Vita Vea makes an appearance on the other side of the ball. Was Vernon Hargreaves benched? Kyler Murray surprises Molly with his speed and poise. However, he does throw his first interception in 212 passes. Jamel Dean redeems himself after a lackluster performance last week. Did he get away with one at the end of the game? Shaq Barrett records another sack, his 11.5 of the season.
It was a nearly flawless showing for the Buccaneers offense. Unfortunately, our secondary, specifically Jamel Dean, was exposed by an efficient Seahawks offense. The Bucs’ defense overall looked flat. Has all the travel taken its toll? Despite the loss, there are reasons for optimism. We delve into some theories circulating on the cause(s) of the Bucs’ woes.