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the weather 2019 Devin White Jersey , the Bucs played a cold, sloppy game in Baltimore and it cost them a win at the end of the day. Even though the Bucs were (+8) underdogs, this was a matchup that they could have taken advantage of. But instead, they were taken advantage of - similar to the majority of the season.Peyton Barber opened the game with a hard, physical 15-yard run, but Chris Godwin dropped a wide-open throw on the next play that led to a Buccaneer punt. Tampa Bay’s defense continued their strong momentum from the past couple weeks and immediately forced the Ravens into a three-and-out on their first possession of the game. The drops continued for the Bucs. Mike Evans dropped a sure first-down reception on Tampa Bay’s next offensive possession and then Lavonte David dropped a guaranteed interception right at midfield on the ensuing defensive possession. Both teams traded possessions before the Ravens were able to move the ball late in the first quarter. Lamar Jackson was effective using his legs, but he fumbled a handoff on a first-and-ten run and the Bucs’ David was able to come up with this turnover. Tampa Bay started at their own 49 and Evans finally got on the board, converting a 3rd-and-4 with a 23-yard grab that put the Bucs right outside of the red zone. Barber continued to run hard and all of a sudden Tampa Bay was facing a 3rd-and-goal from the Ravens’ 6. The conversion fell through, but a defensive holding call on Ravens’ defensive back Marlon Humphrey gave the Bucs a new set of downs at the 3-yard line. Barber punched it in on the next play and the Bucs led, 6-0. But last week’s special teams mishaps bled over into this week as the snap bounced off Bryan Anger’s hands and the Ravens were able to chase down the recovery. The Ravens came out and ran the ball on seven of their first eight plays. The Bucs were able to get them in a 3rd-and-15, but were called for 12 men on the field and Jackson was able to find Willie Snead IV wide-open over the middle for a 13-yard reception and first down. Now in the red zone, Baltimore continued to run the ball, but Tampa Bay was able to hold strong and force the Ravens into a 4th-and-1 from the seven-yard line. The Ravens converted and Chris Moore scored off a reverse just two plays later. Unlike Tampa Bay, Baltimore hit their extra point and now led, 7-6. The next drive seemed destined for failure. Godwin finally got over his case of the drops and reeled in a 16-yard catch to move the chains, but an offensive holding call on Ryan Jensen put the Bucs in 2nd-and-20. But Winston was able to move around in the pocket and deliver an absolute strike in stride to Evans. The pass would’ve stood as a 64 yard gain, but a facemask on Jimmy Smith moved the ball all the way down to the Baltimore 11. It was easily one of the best throws of Winston’s career.Tampa Bay couldn’t convert a 3rd-and-3 from inside the five-yard line and settled for the field goal. Cairo Santos’ 31-yard attempt was good and Tampa Bay regained the lead, 9-7.Mark Duffner decided to sit back and play zone for the Raven’s final first-half possession and it almost came back to bite him. Within four plays, Baltimore was right back inside of the Bucs’ five-yard line thanks to a 28-yard reception from Snead IV.But the defense held strong. Justin Tucker hit his 24-yard attempt and the Ravens were back out in front, 10-9.The second half didn’t start out so well for the Bucs’ defense. Jackson was able to find rhythm both running and throwing the ball. The end result was a 10-play, 78-yard touchdown drive that took 4:57 off the clock as Gus Edwards rumbled into the end zone from ten yards out and extended the Ravens lead to 17-9. The Bucs couldn’t get anything done outside of an Evans 20-yard grab on the next drive, but they were bailed out after Cyrus Jones muffed the punt. Josh Shaw was able to recover and Tampa Bay had the ball at the Baltimore 14-yard line. An offensive pass interference call on Evans put Tampa Bay in a bad spot and they had to settle for another field goal after coming up short on 3rd-and-5 from the Baltimore 9. Santos hit the attempt and cut the lead to 17-12.A great kickoff return by Moore set the Ravens up with great field position at their own 45. Tampa Bay’s defense managed to set them up with a 3rd-and-7, but Jackson was able to get the first down off an incredible scramble. An after-the-fact personal foul on Kenneth Dixon negated the run Devin White Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jersey , but nevertheless the Ravens had officially moved into Tampa Bay territory. If the Bucs wanted to win this game, the defense would have to step up. It took a little while, but the defense finally held as Baltimore marched closer and closer toward the end zone. Tucker attempted a 35-yard kick and watched it sail through the uprights. The Ravens led 20-12 with just over 13:00 to play in the game. Could Winston come through with a crucial touchdown on the next drive?The answer was no. He underthrew Evans and was subsequently picked off by Marlon Humphrey. It was Winston’s first meaningful turnover since he regained the starting job. The defense came away with a big three-and-out. What’s even more important was that Jackson committed intentional grounding while avoiding a sack. The call moved the ball all the way back to the Ravens’ 26-yard line. Humphries was able to find some space for a decent return and the Bucs took over at their own 38. Tampa Bay was able to move the ball, but failed to convert a 3rd-and-1 after Jensen was blown up by nose tackle Brandon Williams. The Ravens stuffed Barber in the backfield for a three-yard loss and the Bucs were faced with a 4th-and-4. Winston had plenty of time, but ultimately couldn’t find Godwin for the conversion and the Ravens took over at their own 33. A touchdown on their next drive would all but seal the win for Baltimore. They rode the Gus Bus all the way to the end of the game. The Bucs couldn’t get a stop and left M&T Bank Stadium with a 20-12 loss. Tampa Bay is now (5-9) on the season. They travel to Dallas next week just in time to ruin everyone’s Christmas holiday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1PM EST. How about that folks? Back to back complete games by your Tampa Bay Buccaneers on both sides of the ball. This game was a tale of two quarterbacks on offense with Jameis Winston playing a second game in a row of turnover free football while Cam Newton tossed four interceptions in the ball game. The Buccaneers defense, led by All-Pro Andrew Adams (wait... who?), swarmed the football and the defensive line constantly got into Cam Newton’s face. Let’s take a look and react to what we saw in an all around good game by the Buccaneers on Sunday. The offense looked in control for most of the afternoon.For three quarters of the game it looked like the Buccaneers offense was cruising a bit. Jameis Winston had his second very good game in a row with a pair of touchdown passes that went to Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries, moving about the pocket and even scrambling to the tune of 48 yards on 5 carries. Jameis Winston looked the way a 1st overall pick should look, under control and in charge. The ground game struggled mightily throughout this game aside from a Peyton Barber 17 yard scramble. The other 19 carries between Barber (16/45 yds overall) and Rodgers (4/2 yards overall) went for a measly 30 yards total. The struggles on the ground showed late in this ball game as Tampa Bay’s offense was unable to really put the Panthers away and move the sticks when it needed to the most. The air attack had a rather reserved day from what fans have come to expect this season as the team only passed the ball for 249 yards on the afternoon. Winston connected with 5 different targets led by Chris Godwin’s 5 receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. Adam Humphries played a good game catching 7 of his 9 targets and Mike Evans threw in 4 grabs for 48 yards of his own. Evans was victim to a few penalties in this game including his usual offensive pass interference that has plagued him throughout his NFL career. The offensive line struggled to create lanes for the running backs and allowed Winston to be sacked 4 times in this one. Donovan Smith had a few really poor snaps in this ball game. A more consistent offensive line likely would have led to some more scoring in this ball game. Luckily for the offense, the defense came to play in a big way.Is defense making its returning to Tampa Bay?The defensive front was on it all game long. Jason Pierre-Paul and the defensive line led a merciless attack on Cam Newton and his offensive line all game long. Pierre-Paul and Vinny Curry each landed themselves a sack. Gerald McCoy directly affected two pass plays that resulted in Cam Newton thrown interceptions. Carl Nassib was seen in the backfield a few times. Folks, it was a thing of beauty and a slight glimpse of what use to be in the days of Simeon Rice and Warren Sapp. Even if only for a day, it was a great display of effort up front by the Buccaneers. Lavonte David is back and he played lights out in this ball game. David record a sack to go with his 12 tackles and a pass deflected that landed the football in the hands of Andrew Adams. Adarius Taylor added 4 tackles and deflected a pass as well that nearly went for an interception. The linebacking group looked much improved against the pass in this one. Kevin Minter got into the mix with a sack, his first of the season. The defensive backs showed some very positive signs, none more so than Andrew Adams and his 3 interceptions tying a Buccaneer single game record. Jordan Whitehead finished with 7 total tackles and Javien Elliot added an interception and 4 tackles of his own too. With a group as injured as this one here, the positives coming out of this game are all over the place. Cairo Santos and Bryan Anger were worth their money in this one. Santos continues to look like the savior on special teams for the Buccaneers. Santos nailed all 4 of his kicks that included 3 extra points and a field goal. Punter Bryan Anger was a busy man, punting 6 times for 267 yards. Anger pinned the Panthers twice inside their own 20 yard line in this game. Final reactions. The Buccaneers are looking like a complete team for the first time arguably ever under Dirk Koetter. The offense is playing relatively mistake free, the defense is creating turnovers and getting to the quarterback and the kickers are doing their jobs. The question now is this... is it all coming together too late? With the team looking as good as they have the last two games, is that enough to warrant some more time with Dirk as the head coach? Is Jameis Winston earning that 20 million for next year? Has Mark Duffner made this big of a difference and if so... what may have been had this move been made much sooner? With the team playing so well right now it’s only increasingly frustrating for fans to wonder, what if? Either way, this is a team to be proud of for the time being. Enjoy it Buccaneer fans. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers look like a good football team at the moment. As always, Go Bucs!
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