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Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he’s not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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    Buc 1976

    VH3 lit up! C Sims 3rd and 1 does not make it . I like coach K but some questionable play calls!

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    fredster

    Wow, what a piece of garbage game that was. The injuries second game of year are staggering and ridiculous. We either have worst luck in world or should fire conditioning coaches.

    Pass rush non existent, Winston was garbage, refs garbage, injuries garbage. Just garage all around really.

    Bright side is get some guys healthy and beat Giants at home next week and we are 2-1.

    Had this game marked as loss before season started but with Bradford out thought we could win.

    That was hard to watch!

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    Mike.Seven

    Here we go again 3 INT fumble, tomorrow we will see what the QB rating is for the “quote Franchise ” for 2 games most likely in the 60s.

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      cgmaster27

      Here come the Anti- jameis fans. Bet you couldn’t wait to run to the computer and complain. He played bad no doubt. Matt ryan had three picks today. Arron Rodgers just threw his second, a pick six. It’s one week, instead of trying to be that guy get behind your team. I hated the pick of Hargreaves, am I on here ranting about his play?

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    macabee

    Last week the Steelers beat the Vikings, the Bucs beat the Bears, today the Bears beat the Steelers, the Vikings beat the Bucs. lol. #smallworld

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      Trevor Sikkema

      Football is funny!

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        Buc 1976

        Not today

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    Bucnut2

    This game should be a wake up call for all of us. First- the defense is REALLY bad. Second- in spite of improved weapons, Winston is not YET, an ELITE QB. Third- The coaching must now be in question.

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      cgmaster27

      Normally we don’t agree but you hit the nail on the head. I’m not sure about coaching on this one. Once I saw the injury list before the game, I had a feeling we were screwed. It’s one week, hopefully we can take advantage of a beleaguered giants team.

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      Buc 1976

      Where is Tandy? Cotney was bad.

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        scubog

        Wake up 1976. Cotney and his safety partner Cedric Brown are gone. Guess you meant Conte.

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          Buc 1976

          Sorry my mistake.

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      Naplesfan

      Seriously – to declare “the defense is really bad” on the basis of one game where nearly half the defensive starters didn’t even suit up due to injury and illness (the flue), and several more key starters got seriously banged up and had to leave the game?

      You guys are like the most fair weather fans, as well as unserious football analysts around.

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        Morgan R

        You may be right, but is it necessary to add an extra letter to the word flu?

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          Naplesfan

          Nope … LOL … wish this blog provided an edit function on the comments! I am not error free when a thought strikes me, and not just in spelling.

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    Rut

    So how long are we going to pussy – foot around this off coverage play style not working? Diggs and Theilen were allowed to just run free again and again and toasted our guys, it wasn’t be cause there was “no linebacker help”. The only thing that slows guys like that down is messing up their timing, and momentum at the line. I just really, really, really don’t understand why guys like lovie and Mike Smith love off coverage so much. It has a proven record of case keen um destroying us against it, not to mention many other horrible games. Ugh so disgusted at our performance yet again.

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      Naplesfan

      No coverage plan works when more than half the defensive starters are sitting on the bench or not suited up by halftime.

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    surferdudes

    Just want to comment on how poorly the Dolphins played today. On the road, they too were hot garbage. I think the hurricane scrambled both teams prep for the start of the season. Hopefully the Bucs will settle down at home next week. Most disappointing for me was Jameis. Will he ever not stare down receivers, and force balls to players who are well covered? It’s not a 50 50 ball when three guys are covering one. Come on Jameis, you need to be better.

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      Bucnut2

      How right you are. He is not even close to elite. Andy Dalton and Blake Bortles comparisons come to mind. Forget any other higher caliber companions. He has thrown up big stats in garbage time for 2 years. It’s time to start thinking about the fact we picked him way to hi with the number #1 overall pick.

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    pinkstob

    First of all I hope L. David is okay. That was a tough injury to watch to that ankle.

    Second of all, where is the pass rush? Where in God’s name is the pass rush? Third of all, one my biggest takeaways from training camp was the our CB’s were not playing well and nobody reacted. I brought it up again right before the season started when I said I was worried about the secondary and the next day we signed T.J. Ward. However, we still didn’t address our CB’s. I think what we witnessed today is what we can expect the rest of the season when we face WR’s with supreme size (Thelien) or speed (Diggs). We’re going to see off coverage by the CB’s with little blitzing like we saw today with the CB’s getting smoked.

    Also, Sweeny sucked. Correction, Sweeny sucks. Did you guys see him get bulldozed into the lap of the QB on nearly back to back plays? Who pays former Seattle Seahawk O-linemen to come play for them? Finally, Winston played poorly but up and down play from week to week is his MO so I’m not surprised so I don’t have much emotion about it. My evaluation continues and I’ll have my final assessment at the end of the season.

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    Horse

    What I watched today was timid CB play. Viking QB played exactly the way he has played twice before and it was like we had never seen him play. Whatever offensive and defensive schemes the Coaches pull out of their hats,it needs to be tossed against good teams. Once again, small DE’s get injured often because of their size; expect Spence and Smith injuries to be ongoing. Winston played very good in the first quarter, but as our defense failed to stop them, he took more chances which by now he should get it that he can’t do this. You can only take what they are willing to give you. Lets hope this was just a piss poor game loss and we get it together. Go Bucs!

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      Bucnut2

      Sorry Horse- you can’t Winston off the hook. We were driving and should have scored a TD to make the score 14-10. Instead he threw a HORRIBLE pass which was picked off. In third quarter he forced ball into triple coverage when we where driving. Vikings go down to score and it’s 28-3. Winston had a BIG part in us NOT staying in the game!

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    Mike.Seven

    When you send the defence back on the field 3 extra times they get beat up and injuries, someday the Bucs will figure out the real problem, The Defence won games last year, hope they can get healthy today took toll on Defence

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    Naplesfan

    This was a dissappointing performance, no doubt about that. But surprising? Not when 4 of 11 starters don’t even suit up, and several more key starters (as in former Pro Bowlers and All Pros) leave the game due to injury. It looked iffy enough when it was just two defensive starters were listed as out before game start, but as soon as the announcers said four were out, I figured this was going to be a long afternoon.

    I was surprised.that our run game was so ineffective, even with the fact that we were facing a team that sent five defensive players to last year’s Pro Bowl. We really need Doug Martin back … but I’m not sure that even he could have had a great game against the Vikings defense.

    I was not surprised that Jameis got picked off three times. That’s been his tendency for years now.

    It’s pretty clear that, despite all of the off-season/pre-season hype on our offensive skill players, this team is going to live or die by its defense. When the defense is at full strength and plays like it did last week, we’ll at least be in every game we play. When the defense is dependent upon backups at all three levels – line, linebackers, and backfield – as it was yesterday, we’ll be playing from behind, and that’s when Jameis throws his picks because he’s trying to carry the whole game on back.

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    Buc 1976

    IMO teams are going too make James beat them passing. Teams also did that with Farve early in his career.

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    buddah

    Overreaction Monday. The sky has not fallen. Why did so many people believe that we were going to beat the Vikings? As I recall, we have never won a game when Alexander has been out of the lineup since he was drafted. He is the quarterback of the defense. And we don’t have decent backups at cornerback or on the defensive line, which was missing its key rotational run stuffer. The only way we were going to win this game was to outscore the Vikings. Now with David and perhaps Spence and McCoy out, that’s the way it’s going to be plain and simple. Take a deep breath. But the NFL is a crazy league. The Bears get stomped, are riddled with injuries and beat the Steelers, the team many prognosticators pick to be in the Super Bowl. Oakland gets trounced by the Redskins, Carolina by the Saints, the Broncos by the Bills, the Jets (yes the Jets) dominate the Dolphins, and the Patriots barely squeeze by Houston. Welcome to parity. This is now the “who wants it more today” league, and the Vikings clearly wanted it more. The Buccaneers nonverbals told you that in the first quarter. There’s been a lot of talk about the “locker room” this off season. We’ll see now what all that means. We still have to play the games. Our offense is healthy. If we put up 30 on the Giants, we can win that game, while some of our defensive players heal. But the Giants have dug a deep hole for themselves and I can’t remember us ever beating either of the Mannings. Jamies has got to realize that he has a deep receiving corps and stop feeding primarily one guy. We have to not give up on the run game and not fall behind by two scores.

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