See? All is well in Bucs country, at least for now.
Talk about a bounce-back game. After the Buccaneers were booed off the field in an embarrassing season opener, they marched into the Superdome and beat the division-rival Saints, 26-19.
Jameis Winston had a good day: 14-of-21 for 207 yards. He threw for a touchdown and ran for another. He lost a fumble, but fortunately it didn’t prove costly.
The defense, which was maligned by fans (including me) last week, stepped up to force three turnovers. Those mistakes turned into nine Tampa Bay points.
The fourth quarter was insane. Even with Tampa Bay leading 23-7 going in, I knew New Orleans would make a game of it. Sure enough, the Bucs tried hard to give the game away on a silver platter – whether it was all those penalties, the ultra-conservative play calling or the two lost fumbles. But there were also key plays in their favor: a missed field goal, a blocked PAT, and a stop on a two-point conversion. Still, it wasn’t until the Bucs knocked down Drew Brees’ pass in the end zone as time expired, that we could breathe a sigh of relief.
But the bottom line is: a win is a win, against a division opponent no less. Bucs fans will gladly take it.
Let’s just hope Gerald McCoy’s injury isn’t serious. That would be a crushing blow so early in the year.
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