The first play of this game turned out to be a precursor of
what the next three hours or so would bring: Jameis Winston throwing an
Winston would throw four more picks before the day was
over. And the Bucs played arguably their
worst all-around game of the season in a 37-26 loss to the Panthers in London. The Buccaneers turned it over seven times in
Winston was abysmal.
The offensive line was horrible, allowing seven sacks. The secondary was pathetic. There was Mike Evans – dropping a rare
perfect deep ball by Winston just before the half – a play that could been a
game-changer. The Bucs made another
backup quarterback look like Tom Brady. Does
all of that sound familiar? It should;
we’ve been seeing this movie for the last several years – not weeks or months,
Tampa Bay now sits at 2-4 heading into the bye week. What changes, if any, will Bruce Arians
make? He has to do something, because
this team is a mess once again.
That’s all the venting I’ll do for now. I’ll do some more in a forthcoming post.
After scoring 55 points in a big win over the Rams last
week, Bucs fans were hoping Tampa Bay could keep it going in a divisional matchup
against the Saints.
The Buccaneers lost to the Saints, 31-14. The biggest problems continue to be the pass
defense and the offensive line. For a
team that’s made a living of making backup quarterbacks look like superstars,
the Bucs did just that with Teddy Bridgewater.
And Jameis Winston was sacked six times.
Mike Evans did not have a catch in this game. The Bucs defensive line barely touched Bridgewater. Credit New Orleans for that.
But let’s get back to the secondary for a moment. The coordinator has changed. The formations have changed. And while the run defense has been impressive,
the pass defense is once again among the worst in the league. That is mind-boggling, given all of the draft
picks spent on this unit. One player who’s
really drawn the ire of us fans is former first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves
III. But he is not alone. The entire secondary is abysmal. The Bucs have allowed 103 points in the last
three weeks (that includes 40 to the Rams in a game the Bucs won.)
Yes, there is time to turn this around. Beat the Panthers (who have turned things
around since losing to the Bucs in Week 2) in London, and Tampa Bay will be 3-3
heading into the bye. But for the love
of God, something has to be done with the awful secondary.
The day the NFL schedule comes out is sort of like Christmas in April for us football fans. It’s time to look over the schedule, think which games are winnable/not winnable, only to be proven wrong in five months, etc. And for own-of-town fans like me, it’s time to start thinking about when to take a road trip to Ray-Jay to see the Bucs.
Here’s the schedule:
Sept. 8 – SAN FRANCISCO
Sept. 12 – at Carolina (Thursday night)
Sept. 22 – NEW YORK GIANTS
Sept. 29 – at L.A. Rams
Oct. 6 – at New Orleans
Oct. 13 – CAROLINA (in London)
Oct. 27 – at Tennessee
Nov. 3 – at Seattle
Nov. 10 – ARIZONA
Nov. 17 – NEW ORLEANS
Nov. 24 – at Atlanta
Dec. 1 – at Jacksonville
Dec. 8 – INDIANAPOLIS
Dec. 15 – at Detroit
Dec. 22 – HOUSTON
Dec. 29 – ATLANTA
Tampa Bay has historically gotten rough stretches, and this year is no different. After hosting the Giants in Week 3, the Bucs don’t play another home game until… Week TEN?! The Bucs will be the “home” team for the game in London, but it’s ridiculous that they have to go nearly two months between “real” home games.
We’ve known for a little while now that the Buccaneers would be playing a ‘home’ game away from Ray-Jay next season. Now we know who…and where.
The Bucs announced today that their game against the Panthers will be played in London.
I understand why Tampa Bay has to give up a home game; Tampa will be hosting the Super Bowl in 2021. But I don’t understand this selection by the NFL at all. Why would you take a divisional matchup away from the fans in Tampa? The games against the Panthers, Saints and Falcons carry more weight than the others.