This was disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.
There was nothing to like about Sunday’s game at Ray-Jay, where the Buccaneers were soundly beaten by the Saints, 34-17. New Orleans is the better team; there’s no questioning that. Still, this was bad.
The problems with this team are the same ones we’ve seen game in and game out. The secondary is awful. The offensive line can’t protect anybody. Jameis Winston continues to turn the ball over with relative ease. He had four more INT’s in this game. I blame the first one on O.J. Howard, but the other three are all on the quarterback. He has nearly 100 turnovers (including lost fumbles) in his nearly five years in Tampa. And don’t get me going on the whole “they’re not all his fault” thing. That’s true, but the number of miscues is still alarming to say the least.
By the way, Howard didn’t get another pass thrown to him after he caused that first turnover.
But it doesn’t stop there. The play calling is horrible. 51 passes and only 8 rushes? And it’s not just this game. I have serious concerns about Byron Leftwich’s ability. And Bruce Arians’ postgame act is getting old. He can rip the officials all he wants. But he was brought in to fix this mess, and it hasn’t happened. And Bruce, you may want to think twice before challenging another pass interference call.
For weeks, I’ve been quietly saying to myself that Tampa Bay is still better than Atlanta. Well, now they’re tied. And the Falcons are playing better than the Bucs right now. After next week, our team could very well be in sole possession of the NFC South cellar…again.
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