In a season that has been frustrating to say the least, this may have been the most draining defeat suffered by the Buccaneers so far in 2019.
Seattle beat Tampa Bay in overtime, 40-34.
The Bucs went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the NFC. At one point, they led 21-7. They coughed up that lead. Still, they persevered, scoring the tying touchdown in the final minute of regulation.
So why did they lose? Look no further than the well-documented worst secondary in the NFL. Russell Wilson torched them for five touchdown passes, including the game-winner on the opening possession of OT. This was the sixth time in eight games that the Bucs’ opponent has scored at least 30 points. That is, simply put, unacceptable.
Don’t blame Jameis Winston for this loss. He played well. He did lose a critical fumble in the fourth quarter – and you can debate all you want about whether Donovan Smith’s arm caused the miscue – but Winston recovered from that, and led his team down the field to tie the game in the closing seconds. And something dawned on me after the fact: do you think Bruce Arians should’ve gone for two and the win, instead of playing for overtime? I’m just going to throw that out there.
To pull off an upset, you need some breaks to go your way. Seattle’s kicker missed a PAT and two field goals, including one at the end of regulation. Winston’s first TD pass could’ve easily been a pick in the end zone, but ricocheted into the arms of…. Breshad Perriman of all people. But despite that good fortune, the Bucs couldn’t pull it out.
The brutal stretch of games away from Ray-Jay is now over. The Bucs only won one of them, against the Rams in Los Angeles.
Later this week: Bri hands out his midseason report card.
Photo courtesy: Seattle Times