In a matchup which featured the oldest starting quarterback and the youngest starting quarterback, the Indianapolis Colts beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday with a score of 23-12.
The Colts started 2 new tackles along the offensive line which allowed the Bucs 3 sacks during the game but held up overall with Matt Hasselbeck completing 26 of 42 passes for 315 yards and two TDs without turning the football over. The Colts rushed for 27 yards on 26 carries.
The Buccaneers were outscored 19-0 in the second half. The Bucs defense forced only two punts in the first 55 minutes.
In 2003, the Colts beat the Bucs in a stunning comeback for the ages. The Colts were helped in that game by a leaping call on a field goal by Bucs DE Simeon Rice. Sunday, the Colts were helped again when Safety Chris Conte was called for the same penalty, allowing the Colts to take the points off the board and try for a touchdown, which they succeeded in scoring.
Jameis Winston threw for 245 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The interception came on the Buc’s final drive. He completed 20 of 36 passes.
Doug Martin ran for 90 yards on 12 carries in the first half but only two carries for seven yards in the second half. He totalled 97 yards on 14 carries with an average of 6.9 yards per carry with a long of 56. Martin has now surpassed the 1,000 yard mark for the second time in his career.
The Buccaneers had 12 penalties for 95 yards. The Colts were penalized 6 times for 45 yards. The Buccaneers lead the league in penalties with 111 on the year. That is 7 more than the second place Bills and 12 more than the third place Oakland Raiders.
The Buccaneers did not score a turnover Sunday against the Colts for the first time since week 10 of the 2014 season, breaking the longest active streak in the NFL for a team getting a turnover.
Connor Barth missed his first extra point in his career and also missed a field goal.
Buccaneers are 5-6 on the season with an outside shot at making the playoffs with 5 games left.
Bucs sign LB Adarius Glanton
The Buccaneers signed LB Adarius Glanton Monday, November 30th. Glanton was on the Carolina Panthers practice squad. He started 2 games as a rookie and has seen action in 10 games with the Panthers. He played in both preseason games with the Panthers in the 2014 season. He has registered 12 tackles and a forced fumble. Glanton has been signed because LB Bruce Carter has a concussion and might miss time and LB Kwon Alexander is going to miss games soon due to being suspended for PED use. Safety Kimario McFadden was released by the Buccaneers to make room for Glanton.
Gerald McCoy moves to 6th place on Buccaneers all time sack list
Gerald McCoy notched another sack in the loss to the Colts. The sack came in the first quarter and was immediately followed by an offsides penalty by McCoy. With that sack Mccoy now has the 6th most sacks of any Buccaneer, surpassing Brad Culpepper who notched 33 sacks in his 6 years. This is McCoy’s sixth year and it is possible that he will surpass Chidi Ahanotu and maybe David Logan on the list to place himself into the 4th position all time. However, it will be a very long time, if ever, before he will reach 7 year Buccaneer Simeon Rice’s 69.5 sacks in third place, which is double what McCoy currently has.