If the Buccaneers end up making another deep playoff run this season, I want you all to remember this game as the one that stood out.
The Bucs came from behind in the second half and picked up a gutsy, 38-31 win over the previously red-hot Colts in Indianapolis. The offensive star of the game was Leonard Fournette. He had four touchdowns, including the game-winner with 20 seconds remaining.
Even after that last score, well, these are the Bucs. So naturally, the Colts nearly ran back the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown. But thankfully, Pierre Desir picked off Carson Wentz near the goal line as time expired.
This was not an A-plus performance overall by any means. The Bucs committed two more turnovers and seemed to let Indy convert 3rd-and-long at will. But the defense had five takeaways. The Buccaneers only had four penalties, which is an improvement. This was another one of those games that the ‘old’ Bucs would’ve found a way to lose. Instead, it was a big road win against a good Colts team.
It gets better. The Saints and Panthers both lost this week. The Buccaneers now have a 3-game lead in the NFC South. The Falcons are up next.
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