While a loss, the game against Seattle was a competitive one. Our offense was competent, made few costly mistakes, and were able to put points on the board when we needed it. The Seahawks’ offense was efficient and proficient, picking on rookie Jamel Dean. Dean took Carlton Davis’ spot after an injury during warm-ups sidelined Davis. This loss was disappointing but ultimately came down to which team possessed the ball last. The teams met in overtime, and Seattle received the first kick and was able to drive down the field and score a touchdown.
There was a lot to see in the coaches film in the Bucs’ loss to the Titans. Unlike prior weeks, the film showed a different picture than the initial broadcast. Jameis Winston continues to make the same mistakes he’s made his entire career, and it’s costing us games. We will never advocate for a player getting cut, and he remains the best quarterback we’ve ever had, but his inability to see the field and his tendency to get happy feet need to be addressed. The linebackers continue to give up big yardage when covering tight ends. The Seahawks are a beatable opponent, one whose number Bruce Arians has had in years past. Can he lead the team to victory once again? Is he the same coach he once was? Crowd noise will be a problem as the 12th man impacts the game.
In perhaps the most inconsistent game of the season, we saw the best of the Buccaneers and worst of the Buccaneers all in one game. Throwing two picks and fumbling the ball three times, Jameis Winston also managed to have several efficient, clean drives, driving down the offense the field and scoring in the last two minutes of the first half. Mike Evans totaled nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns. However, the offense was unable to clench the game in the final minute. The defense was equally inconsistent, managing to hold the Titans offense to just 246 yards but also giving up a 90 yard drive for a touchdown. The refs blow the whistle on a Devin White fumble recovery, which would have meant a Buccaneers score. JPP returns and makes his presence felt early.
Ralph’s back and conducting the Buccaneers’ hype train. He’s analyzed and wracked his brain. Find out his thoughts on the current state of the Buccaneers. Plus, do we face the most boring team in the NFL this week? Molly breaks down our upcoming matchup against the Tennessee Titans.
The loss to the Panthers is still squarely on Jameis Winston. Bad decisions, bad passes, and scrambling unnecessarily were exacerbated by a poor showing in pass protection by the running backs. The wide receivers, exclusive of Chris Godwin, dropped too many passes. A lackluster performance by the Bucs offense combined with the game planning by the Panthers defensive coaching can be credited with the unit’s success. Buccaneers defense remains a bright spot.
The Bucs showing in London was a loss heard ’round the world. This one is squarely on Jameis Winston’s shoulders. His inability to stay poised in the pocket was a large contributor in the team’s demise. The receiving corps’ inconsistency and the run game’s lackluster performance didn’t help. What’s this mean for the rest of the season as we head into the bye? Plus, Gerald McCoy takes credit for the Panthers success. The Atlanta Falcons tailspin worse than the Buccaneers.
Bad referee performance and poor game planning characterize this loss to the New Orleans Saints. The referees missed a total of nine calls or non-calls that cost the Buccaneers. The game plan concocted by the coaching staff fell flat, from the defensive line play, to the lack of blitz, to the offense’s timing, to the receiving corps’ inability to create separation. This week, the secondary takes the wrap for poor coverage by linebackers. Ralph goes through all six sacks on Jameis Winston.
Saints win in a disappointing performance by the Buccaneers. The better team won, plain and simple. Ralph’s conjecture that the game would boil down to the pass rush rang true, as the Buccaneers pass rush was non-existent and the Saints’ was disruptive. Did Jameis get happy feet? We debate. We faced a different type of back in Alvin Kamara, who proved more elusive than backs we’ve faced in games past, but still only totaled 62 yards. We discuss the refs efforts in the Saints victory: Was the Carlton Davis ejection justified? Fumble with no clear recovery? Obvious offensive pass interference? Mike Evans is a non-factor. Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones are a dynamic duo.