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The Bucs dropped their first game of the season against the Los Angeles Rams, 34-24. In a game that could have major ramifications when it comes to playoff seeding, Tampa Bay looked undisciplined. Inexcusable penalties, drops and mental mistakes continue to plague this Bucs team. They weren’t able to get home with pressure from the defensive front and gave up too many pressures on Tom Brady, who was sacked three times. The Bucs had no answer for the Rams in the second half, who scored on nearly every possession.

To make matters worse, cornerback Jamel Dean left in the first quarter with a knee injury. He did not return to the game.

Bucs QB Tom Brady

Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: USA Today

Brady crossed the 80,000-yard career threshold in the Bucs’ loss. He finished the game 41-55 for 432 yards passing and one touchdown. The run game was unable to find its’ groove, totaling only 35 yards on the ground, 15 of which came from Brady. Even worse, Tampa Bay’s defense finished with just one sack and no turnovers. Matt Stafford’s 343 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Cooper Kupp, were too much to overcome.

The first quarter of the game was relatively quiet, with both teams punting a combined five times. After a Bucs punt, the Rams finished an 8-minute, 95-yard drive with a touchdown pass to Tyler Higbee.

Brady and the Bucs answered right back with an eight-minute drive of their own, capping off a 76-yard march down the field with a Chris Godwin rushing touchdown from the two-yard line. Matt Stafford found a wide-open Cooper Kupp in the end zone on the Rams next possession. L.A. drove 75 yards in just three minutes to take a 14-7 lead just before the half. With 51 seconds left, Brady marched the Bucs into field goal range, but the 55-yard attempt by Ryan Succop was wide right.

The Rams received the ball to open the second half. Stafford wasted no time, hitting ex-Bucs wide receiver DeSean Jackson for a 75-yard touchdown. Brady answered right back with a 75-yard drive of his own. Big gains by Mike Evans, Rob Gronkowski and Cam Brate led to a one-yard touchdown quarterback sneak by Brady.

Stafford then found Jackson on a third down conversion for 40 yards to the 8-yard line. Kupp scored his second touchdown of the game on the next play. The Bucs got the ball back needing to score, but a sack, a penalty and tackle-for-loss forced the Bucs to punt on their next drive. A 15-yard shank by Bradley Pinion set the Rams up at the Bucs 37 to knock in a field goal and extend their lead.

Second-year wide receiver Tyler Johnson came up with two huge receptions on the next drive. But the Bucs couldn’t punch it in from the 8-yard line and had to settle for a field goal. The Rams quickly answered with a field goal of their own to go up 34-17. The Bucs scored with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter. Brady hit Gio Bernard on a 7-yard strike. The score would be too little, too late as the Bucs failed to recover the ensuing onside kick.

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J.C. Allen is one of PewterReport.com’s newest beat writers. As a New England transplant, he has closely followed Tom Brady’s entire career and first fell in love with the game during the Patriots 1996 Super Bowl run. J.C. is in his second year covering the team after spending a year with Bucs Report as a writer, producer and show host. Some of his other interests include barbecuing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Buccaneer of all time is Simeon Rice and believes he deserves a spot in Canton. Follow J.C. Allen on Twitter @JCAllenNFL.
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Spruce
20 days ago

This is funny seeing the Chiefs fans mopping seeing their undefeated season take another hit as the Charger beat them and now Bucs nation must face reality.
No worries the schedule for the Bucs returns cupcake status with no real elite challenge until the Bills in the second half of the season. How do they do that after winning the Super Bowl?
Next up my Pats and we’re clearly not ready for prime time but games are played for a reason. Sometimes what you expect isn’t what happens.

drdneast
Reply to  Spruce
20 days ago

Thanks for adding nothing.

Spruce
Reply to  drdneast
20 days ago

You’re welcome!

pinkstob
20 days ago

What I’m most disappointed in is the pass rush. I actually expected our pass rush to improve this week with him starting. Not so much. Oh well, it was one loss to a great team.

drdneast
Reply to  pinkstob
20 days ago

I don’t think i saw us blitz very much or am I mistaken. We sure weren’t getting there with a four man rush

fredster
Reply to  drdneast
20 days ago

Hey, you want to argue now about Bucs CB’s lacking Dr. Dweeb?

drdneast
Reply to  fredster
20 days ago

I have no idea what you are referring to. I have said since the draft we should have picked a DL or DB. You want to argue about that now.

pinkstob
Reply to  pinkstob
20 days ago

By “him” I meant Tryon.

Naplesfan
Reply to  pinkstob
20 days ago

We pressured Stafford early in the first quarter, and the results were great: he was only 1 of 6 passing attempts. Then the Rams made some adjustment and from then on, with the exception of the one sack, our pass rush didn’t get much pressure on him the rest of the game. And the results, for the Bucs, were terrible. It’s disappointing that despite all the passing yards we didn’t get the touchdowns we got the previous two games this season. I’m thinking that despite playing from behind, we did not commit to the run. Only 13 attempts vs. 41… Read more »

cgmaster27
20 days ago

We all knew wed lose at some point. Tbis felt alot like the chiefs game last year. Im not worried about the offense. The defense is a different story. Injuries are mounting up and the pass rush has been non existent. Thats a recipe for disaster. We got a couple real winnable games coming up so its all about bouncing back. Brady for sure will be laser focused next week and hell make sure the rest of the team is as well. I expect much more from Devin white. Hes been my biggest surprise so far.

chefboho
Reply to  cgmaster27
20 days ago

Agreed on all fronts. We all knew that health would be the biggest factor for this team to have even a slight chance to running the table. It’s been Bunting, Dean, Gronk missing some time (wouldn’t be a surprise to see him miss some practice this week), and Bernard at the end. It’s getting rough and we’re only in week three. Brady missed a couple but when you threw that damn much it’s going to happened. There’s just no pressure with the front four no matter who it is. They’re not blitzing because there’s no help on the back end.… Read more »

Spruce
Reply to  cgmaster27
20 days ago

A couple real winnable games aye. You’re kidding. There are 9 games before the Bucs play another high quality team in the Bills. The combined record of the nine so far is 8 and 18. No Super Bowl winner in the history of the NFL has had a easier schedule then what the Bucs lucked into.

RW
RW
20 days ago

The team’s big issues are with the defense. They need to get at least on if not two quality corners. They also need to get a much better pash rush starting with Barrett. Also Devin White needs to get back to the level he was playing at in the playoffs; he’s nowhere close right now.
The offense’s big problem is the the inability to effectively run block. They fix that and get AB back they are just fine.

Naplesfan
Reply to  RW
20 days ago

Yup

fredster
20 days ago

Bucs will be fine but they need Sherman badly. Saints swept us last year and beat us worse than Rams did. What happened in playoffs? I had Bucs 13-4 so we had to drop a few games sometime. They have work to do for sure and I expect them 4-1 after next two weeks.

drdneast
20 days ago

So glad we wasted that valuable No. 2 pick on a quarter pounder who everyone hopes won’t see the field instead of aa valuable CB. Thaks Licht. Can you say Roberto Aguayo.

surferdudes
Reply to  drdneast
20 days ago

Yeah if we didn’t draft Trask we would’ve won today. That’s got to be the dumbest thing I ever read

drdneast
Reply to  surferdudes
20 days ago

We may not have won but we wouldn’t have had to cover Cooper Kupp with some waiver wire reject. It hurts to admit I was right from day one.

scubog
Reply to  drdneast
20 days ago

What makes you think Licht would have even drafted a CB after he did so many times in recent Drafts that folks criticized him for it? Many viewed this past Draft as a look to the future and not a quest for immediate starter who likely couldn’t unseat any of the returning 22, including a CB whose head would be spinning trying to cover Kupp.

Naplesfan
Reply to  scubog
20 days ago

People here are missing the forest for the trees. Our pass rush has been sucking. JPP was out – that certainly didn’t help. But Suh and Vea were not their usual effective interior rushers. And Barrett and White have not been getting home either. Tryon-Shoyinka is a rookie, he helps, but altogether the result is poor for a team that averaged 3 sacks a game last season. That performance needs to be re-established.

Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
20 days ago

The big problem is not the defensive backfield, it’s the lack of a rush. I hate to use sacks as the only measure of a pass rush, but last season this team got 48 sacks. That’s an average of 3 sacks per game. Through the first three games this season, a grand total of 3. Ditto with quarterback hits and hurries. Whenever there is no pass rush, like the Bucs so far this season, any quarterback in the league, not to mention good ones like Stafford, will pick you apart easy peasy. Defenses win games in the trenches, not the… Read more »

Last edited 20 days ago by Naplesfan
compewterpirate
20 days ago

Manifestly the major problems are on the defensive side of the ball. The pass rush was non-existent and inexplicably Bowles dialed up virtually no blitzes until the 4th quarter. Add in the banged up secondary and this was a sorry effort by the ‘D’. Offensively, yes we lost our 10 consecutive games of 30 points record and hardly coincidentally our 10 game winning streak, probably a much needed wake-up call. There were too many sloppy penalties on both sides of the ball and our discipline (31st in the NFL on penalties) needs a serious remedy. TB 12 played another good… Read more »

Dman
20 days ago

Our guys weren’t ready to play. Rams whipped our ass.

drdneast
Reply to  Dman
20 days ago

We did look outcoched, especially our defense.

Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
20 days ago

And how would coaching affect our inability to mount a pass rush? Do the guys go to the sideline, and ask the coaches, “What should I DO?” And then the coach says “Rush the passer”. And then the guys smack their foreheads and say, “Why, I never heard that before!”

SMH – the stupidity of many of your comments is flabbergasting.

bucballer
20 days ago

Where was Shaq? Where was White? No pressure from DLine today. Not sure what Bowles was calling on defense, too many times did Kupp make a catch and there wasn’t a Buc player in the screen with him!? Now we know what we have to do to beat the best team in the NFC. I think we see them again in playoffs. Let’s keep things in perspective, it’s just one loss. Learn from it and move on.

drdneast
Reply to  bucballer
20 days ago

I concur.

Naplesfan
Reply to  bucballer
20 days ago

Kupps going to get open, count on it. That’s what he does, and unless you double him you have no chance of covering him. The way to defeat receivers like Kupp is to rush the passer so that he throws inaccurately. We did that the first series of the game, the Rams made an adjustment, and then we didn’t rush the passer effectively after that.

Horse
20 days ago

About what I expected. Defense seemed flat. Looks like we need some more DL and DB’s in the draft. No way we should waste money on Sherman; he’ll just increase our Defensive Holding, and Pass Interference calls with him. Lets see what DT K. Davis can do. Did McClendon play or Roches? No breaks in the penalties at all. Seriously, we all knew we weren’t going to win them all. The rams right now are the best team in the NFL. We got a good beating, but we learned a lot today and this should help in the games forward.… Read more »

kingtrojan
20 days ago

This defense is going to end up costing us a chance to repeat because the front office was arrogant enough to think we have the legion of boom for a secondary and did nothing to add to it in the offseason instead wasting picks on QB, WR and LB

Eddie
Reply to  kingtrojan
20 days ago

In particular the defensive backfield

scubog
Reply to  kingtrojan
20 days ago

You realize Licht spent a lot of Draft picks on the secondary to the point folks criticized him for it. Easy to look back when you know the future.

Naplesfan
Reply to  kingtrojan
20 days ago

Yeah, the arrogance of this Super Bowl winning front office … how DARE they lose a game this season!

You couchsitters just slay me. Pray tell how many Super Bowls have you personally won as front office leader?

scubog
20 days ago

Many here are criticizing our secondary, and rightfully so, but the Rams’ secondary just got lit up for over 400 yards………………more than our group, and they have Ramsey. Just sayin’.

Naplesfan
Reply to  scubog
20 days ago

432 yards in the air, to be precise.

Don’t confuse them with facts – they have their narrative down pat and they don’t like to be told they aren’t The World’s Greatest Geniuses on the Couch.

Horse
Reply to  scubog
20 days ago

Scubog, good Reply’s . It wasn’t all bad as some of our fans have stated. A couple blown coverages for TD’s and some key penalties called at the wrong time along with no luck of much did it for us in this game. If we meet them in Post Season PlayOffs it will be a different story

Spruce
20 days ago

New England, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington, Giants, Colts and Atlanta. Combined record to date 8-18. Almost a stumble against Dallas and yesterday the strength of the team last year being the defense exposed. More specifically the pass defense since the run defense was as stingy as ever. Oh yes and the running game with only 35 yards. An elite LA run defense for sure but 35 yards and the most embarrassing part was Brady the rushing leader. That’s right sports fans it’s not a misprint old lead foot was the Bucs rushing leader against the Rams. Not to… Read more »

gg720
19 days ago

If anyone thinks we are in trouble by losing Dean or Bunting, then you need to start watching baseball instead of football. Those 2 haven’t been able to cover anyone since they have been here and only played OK last year in the playoffs because we could actually put pressure on opposing QB’s. They have constantly been 3 to 5 yards off of their men every time a pass is thrown their way. Why do you think the other QB is constantly throwing their way. We better hit everyone’s practice squad roster to try and find a DB quick! Our… Read more »

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