OK, so the headline of this blog post isn’t exactly earth-shattering news. But it didn’t become official until now.
With today’s loss to the Ravens in dreary Baltimore, there will be no playoffs for the Buccaneers for the eleventh consecutive year.
Maybe we should’ve known it wasn’t going to be a good day when, on the opening drive, Chris Godwin dropped a pass that could’ve gone the distance.
Maybe we should’ve known it wasn’t going to be a good day when they flubbed up the extra point on the game’s first touchdown.
Maybe we should’ve known it was going to be a good day when they recovered a muffed punt inside the Baltimore red zone, only to come away with three point.
The Bucs only scored three points in the second half. This is a troubling trend over the past three games, starting with the Carolina game when they only scored seven points after halftime (and they won that game.)
Or maybe, just the thought of chasing Lamar Jackson and company all over the field was too much to comprehend.
No matter how you slice it, the final two games against the Cowboys and Falcons will amount to nothing more than ‘playing out the string,’ though Dallas will certainly have something to play for.
Dirk Koetter’s grave has been dug. It’s only a matter of time before we put him in it. Jason Licht may end up in the ground next to him. We’ll see.
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