‘Tis the season for giving. So, it seems only appropriate that the Buccaneers gift-wrapped a win for the Cowboys today.
There were two key plays that stood out. First, there was Jameis Winston getting blindsided, fumbling, and Jaylon Smith running it all the way back for a touchdown in the first quarter. Then, it was another fumble by Winston in the third quarter on a botched handoff that Dallas recovered at the Tampa Bay 4. Two plays later, the Cowboys were up by 14.
But there’s more. On the ensuing drive, the Bucs had the ball for over nine minutes, ran 17 plays, and ended up with zero points. On the second-to-last play of the drive, Tampa Bay had fourth down on the Cowboys 2-yard line, and got hit with a delay of game penalty. How the heck does that happen in a situation like that?
These are the Bucs; anything’s possible.
Tampa Bay had nine penalties in all. That’s coaching. I’ve blasted previous head coaches for lack of discipline, and I won’t hold back this time, either. I’m looking squarely at you, Dirk Koetter. I hope you have only one game left as head coach in Tampa, despite an NFL Network report saying the opposite may be true. Yes, Dallas was matching the Bucs penalty-for-penalty, but that’s not what I’m getting at.
And don’t give me any of this baloney about how the Bucs outgained the Cowboys in total yards. You can put up 600 yards of offense every week, but it you keep self-destructing, it makes no difference.
So, we have ourselves another 10-loss season. The season finale is next Sunday at Ray-Jay against the Falcons. One more week of this torture. Drink heavily, Bucs fans.
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