In a game where the Bucs surpassed 500 yards of total offense, Jason Pierre-Paul hauled in his third career interception, Justin Watson nabbed one of the team’s two sacks on a fake punt attempt from Carolina and Ronald Jones II broke off a 97-yard touchdown run, Tampa Bay came away with a big 46-23 win following two consecutive disappointing performances.

After a fumble from Jones on the Bucs’ first drive of the day, leading to a Carolina score that would give the Panthers a 7-0 lead in the first, Tampa Bay would battle back to tie the game at 17 before halftime, eventually putting up points on their next nine drives. In the second half the Bucs would take over. After questions have surfaced about the Bucs’ defense in recent weeks, the unit clamped down late as their only points allowed in the final two quarters – a 3-yard rushing touchdown from Teddy Bridgewater – came after a 98-yard kickoff return from Trenton Cannon that downed Carolina at the Bucs’ 4-yard line.

Led by 341 passing yards and four total touchdowns from Tom Brady and a career-high 192 rushing yards from Jones, the Bucs were able to move to 7-3 on the season and 2-2 in the division. New Orleans currently sits ahead of Tampa Bay for the divisional lead at 6-2, with two wins over the Bucs already, and will hold on to their lead for at least one more week regardless of how their game against San Francisco finishes this afternoon.

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BucRy
BucRy (@bucry)
1 year ago

Nice bounce back game, but I would really like to see them do this against a good team.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27 (@cgmaster27)
Reply to  BucRy
1 year ago

Id say we have. We smashed the packers and raiders, 2 good teams. Heck carolina dang near beat Kansas city last week. We have 2 losses to a good team both against the saints.

BucRy
BucRy (@bucry)
Reply to  cgmaster27
1 year ago

Panthers aren’t a bad team but they were expected to lose this game. The packers win and raiders win were nice and I’m happy we won, but all I’m saying is that I would like to see us do this against better teams more. Not complaining about today’s game.

Spitfire
Spitfire (@spitfire)
Reply to  cgmaster27
1 year ago

I was just gonna say the same thing…

NaplesFan2.0
NaplesFan2.0 (@firelichtmovement)
Reply to  BucRy
1 year ago

Yeah, the Packers are terrible…

BucRy
BucRy (@bucry)
Reply to  NaplesFan2.0
1 year ago

I never said that.

BucRy
BucRy (@bucry)
Reply to  BucRy
1 year ago

Guess we will see what happens when we play the rams and chiefs.

awwdembucs
awwdembucs (@awwdembucs)
Reply to  BucRy
1 year ago

I understand what you are saying.

hamilton
hamilton (@hamilton)
1 year ago

Another bad play calling game by leftwich lol

Pete Wood
Pete Wood (@littlebrownjug)
Reply to  hamilton
1 year ago

If the Bucs score 46 points with bad play calling, I can’t wait to see what happens when they start doing things right.

PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988 (@buclover1988)
Reply to  Pete Wood
1 year ago

Tampa could have scored 60+ points today. Too many 20-25 yard field goals. Special teams also needs to get better. Cordell patterson hurt us on kick offs now Cannon. If pinion doesn’t clear the end zone I’m holding my breath because our coverage sucks tbh. Against the Chiefs hardman will house stuff like that. Still lots to work on and we face a slew of playoff caliber teams in the coming weeks.

scubog
scubog (@scubog)
Reply to  hamilton
1 year ago

I got the sarcasm Hamilton. Some of these folks have no sense of humor.

BigSombrero
BigSombrero (@bucwild02)
1 year ago

Great 2nd half performance by the entire team. Kudos to BA for sticking with RoJo after the early fumble.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27 (@cgmaster27)
1 year ago

Great bounce back win. As sombrero stated, good for BA for sticking with rojo. He is clearly a better runner than fournette. As beautiful as this win won, there were even more points left on the field. Brady missed mike on at leaste 2 more tds. Defense played much better in the second half and finishes strong. Good to see all our wr getting involved today. Beautiful to see. And the offensive line played very well for not having marpet in there. Thank goodness as haeg is a major weakness. Lets get it!

Last edited 1 year ago by cgmaster27
PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988 (@buclover1988)
Reply to  cgmaster27
1 year ago

Haeg needs to get cut. He’s awful. He allowed the block on our extra point try. Too many fgs in the red zone. That’s not going to cut it against playoff teams.

RW
RW (@rwp111)
Reply to  cgmaster27
1 year ago

I think Mike messed up at least one TD catch when he stopped running on his route. It was windy there today so I can’t blame Brady missing on a few long ones.

PatrioticChief
PatrioticChief (@patrioticchief)
Reply to  RW
1 year ago

Brady is just trying to prove he still has a cannon by overthrowing his receivers deep.

matador
matador (@matador)
Reply to  PatrioticChief
1 year ago

Sarcasm or Idiot? Hard to tell

BucRy
BucRy (@bucry)
1 year ago

Loved how jpp had an interception today.

PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988 (@buclover1988)
1 year ago

Did Arians actually allow Brady to be Brady and throw short passes and let our recievers make plays AFTER the catch? Wow. Not bad

Still need to put our red zone opportunities in the end zone. Too many fgs regardless of a 46 point outing. Against the Chiefs and Seahawks and the other playoff teams, fgs won’t get it done. Good overall win, but there’s still plenty to work on.

chefboho
chefboho (@chefboho)
1 year ago

Good win against a decent team. Left points on the board but I’ll give kudos to Byron Leftwich for the play calls. Brady missed the open ones on a few occasions but it was nice to see wr screens, slants, rub routes with all the speed and talent. A good win and the defense played much better.

PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988 (@buclover1988)
Reply to  chefboho
1 year ago

That’s exactly the offense we need to run going forward. Only a few shots should be taken. Let’s allow our talented wrs to make plays after the catch. And let’s set it up by pounding the ball down their throat. Being physical, nasty. That’s our identity. That’s the identity I hope we’re starting to form. Defense did play much better. Our kickoff team outside of pinion bothers me because their coverage is not that good.

Last edited 1 year ago by PissedOffBuc1988
Spitfire
Spitfire (@spitfire)
1 year ago

Good game to get some confidence back. Definitely found the right recipe to fill in for Marpet (which we hopefully won’t ever have to do again). All they can do is just keep on playin and doin the best they can. As long as we can stay in the fight for the playoffs or wildcard then there’s at least hope. No matter what it’s fun to watch them when things are rollin and they can roll when they wanna roll. Despite the great games we’ve had this year you can tel they are still growing. Hopefully they continue to grow… Read more »

RW
RW (@rwp111)
1 year ago

The offense bailed out the defense today. After the RJ fumble Brady lead them on 9 scoring drives in a row. The O gave them time to regroup at half time and then play aggressively with the lead in the 2nd half.

RW
RW (@rwp111)
1 year ago

Brady was in sync with both Godwin and Brown today ( 13 catches on 14 targets) but he and Evans still are a work in progress ( 6 catches on 11 targets). I see TB going to Godwin and Brown more in the future with less targets to Evans.

PatrioticChief
PatrioticChief (@patrioticchief)
Reply to  RW
1 year ago

I expect Godwin and AB to be Brady’s favorite targets as they continue to build chemistry. I think Evans will continue to be his favorite guy in the red zone. Evans has 8 touchdowns so far. He’s been a machine there, one drop today none withstanding.

RW
RW (@rwp111)
Reply to  PatrioticChief
1 year ago

It maybe not what some Bucs fans want to hear but Godwin is the key to the passing offense. He consistently gets open and catches everything. And he thinks the game like Brady.

PatrioticChief
PatrioticChief (@patrioticchief)
Reply to  RW
1 year ago

He produces where Brady likes to produce, is good at finding the soft spots in zone, can get yards after contact, and has great hands. Outside of running better routes you probably couldn’t design a better slot receiver for Brady if you tried.

Last edited 1 year ago by PatrioticChief
eaustinyoung
eaustinyoung (@eaustinyoung)
Reply to  RW
1 year ago

Evans has always been a strong receiver but he’s always struggled with separation issues. Godwin is faster than Evans so he can get open quicker. But I trust Brate and Evans in the Red Zone over literally every other receiver.

pinkstob
pinkstob (@pinkstob)
1 year ago

What a great 2nd half turnaround that was! RoJo and the O-line with a record long run. The defense finally woke up in the 2nd half as well. Fun game to watch. Go Bucs!!

scubog
scubog (@scubog)
Reply to  pinkstob
1 year ago

Doug Martin would have been caught from behind.

Horse
Horse (@horse)
1 year ago

Glad we got the win. We still need to work on our 1st quarter performance, but hey we’re still 7-3.

PatrioticChief
PatrioticChief (@patrioticchief)
1 year ago

Couldn’t help watching this game and wonder to myself what would have been if Brady hadn’t been pressured on 50% of his snaps. They are going to have a hell of a time not being a WC this season but they should be a WC team no one wants to play as long as they protect Brady. Big win.

PatrioticChief
PatrioticChief (@patrioticchief)
1 year ago

I’m not sure this season is anymore complicated than the Bucs figuring out how to keep Brady protected 25% of snaps or less. I’m not sure they ever lose a game with how productive Brady is with these weapons in a clean pocket. It really might be that simple.

Last edited 1 year ago by PatrioticChief
matador
matador (@matador)
Reply to  PatrioticChief
1 year ago

Agree completely. Two more quality OL, ideally one of them a starter but even quality depth players, would make all the difference. Should be job #1 next season. Hopefully made more challenging by us drafting last 😃