Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory….or however that old saying goes.
There were the Bucs, taking their first lead of the game with just over two minutes to go. But in “where-have-we-seen-this-before” fashion, they let Teddy Bridgewater march the Vikings right down the field at the end of regulation, and Minnesota tied the game with a field goal on the final play.
How many different ways can a football team find a way to lose? On the first play of overtime, Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught a pass, fumbled the ball, Anthony Barr picked it up and took it into the end zone for the Vikings’ victory. Yes, Tampa Bay lost on the equivalent of a walk-off fumble.
It was another pathetic showing by the Bucs offense. Through the first three quarters, they had gained less than 100 total yards. They finished with a paltry 225. Doug Martin, who’s rumored to be on the trading block, had only 27 of the team’s 66 rushing yards. The offensive line was awful once again; Mike Glennon was sacked five times.
And the defense, which was decent through 57 ½ minutes, couldn’t seal the deal when Tampa Bay finally had the lead. We’ve seen our fair share of that over the years (although there haven’t been many “close-out” opportunities in 2014.) Dear Jonathan Banks: why couldn’t you pick off that pass on the final drive?
I really like Lavonte David, though. You could argue that he is the best player on this team, both offense and defense. Dear Bucs: please don’t give him away if you do a fire sale.
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