The Bucs fell short in prime time again on Monday night, losing 27-24 to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 11.

The Rams were able to get pressure on quarterback Tom Brady consistently, and it resulted in a rough night from the 21-year veteran. Brady finished the night completing just 26 of his 48 pass attempts for 216 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, his second pick coming on the Bucs’ final drive of the game and sealing the victory for Los Angeles. On the other side of the field, Tampa Bay largely struggled stopping Jared Goff and the Rams offense as the Bucs allowed Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp to combine for 23 receptions, 275 yards and one of Goff’s three passing touchdowns on the night. Trailing 24-17 in the fourth quarter, a key interception from safety Jordan Whitehead – one of two turnovers from Goff – led to a short field for Tampa Bay and the Bucs took advantage, tying the game on a touchdown pass to Chris Godwin with 3:53 remaining in the fourth quarter. But the Rams were able to answer back and move into field goal range where the Bucs’ former fifth-round pick Matt Gay would convert what would prove to be the game-winning, 40-yard field goal.

The loss moves Tampa Bay to 7-4 on the season and the Bucs sit as the sixth seed in the NFC playoff picture, ahead of the 6-4 Arizona Cardinals and below the 7-3 Seahawks, and in second place behind the 8-2 Saints in the NFC South.

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captain ahab
8 months ago

K.C. is not going to be a friendlier opponent, Bucs are gonna struggle to even make the playoffs.

twspin
Reply to  captain ahab
8 months ago

KC is gonna show us what we should have done at QB this season..Moved up in the draft and took a youngster. Unfortunately, we have to go thru another season with our beloved..statue of Liberty first though. BUCLIFE…BABYYYY!!!

RW
RW
Reply to  twspin
8 months ago

With the issues on the O line a young QB would probably end up like Joe Burrow. out for the season or longer.

Dave
Reply to  twspin
8 months ago

Yeah how’d Aaron Donald do btw? Lol. Brady was sacked once in total. Donald: 0 sacks, 0 tackles

bucballer
8 months ago

It was there for the taking. We whiffed. Brady looked old and beaten all game. Under duress all game long he didn’t seem to be his normal self several balls were not even close to being catchable. RBs dropped too many catchable balls. The constant pressure was the difference tonight. LT play was piss poor again! We were right where we wanted to be. A chance on the final drive. Didn’t convert. Expect a repeat of the Rams game plan next week when we play the Chiefs. Sad… just sad!

matador
Reply to  bucballer
8 months ago

That’s complete BS. Brady is on a team that is not complete – not yet anyway and may never be. And that’s despite J.B. Licht having six years to make it so. Our OL is mediocre at best and our DL is slightly better but built upon old and expensive players in the twilight of their careers. Give Brady time to throw and he’s money, but our line isn’t up to the task. Nor is our coaching staff. BA might as well stay home on game day what does he really add? Nothing. He stands there looking vaguely lost. Like… Read more »

bucballer
Reply to  matador
8 months ago

Brady played old tonight! Fact!

RW
RW
Reply to  matador
8 months ago

There are some big gaps on this team. It’s hard to jump from perennial loser to Super bowl contender in 1 year. If Brady was 37 I would guarantee a Super Bowl in a year or two. You use the draft and FA signings/trades to change up some players to fit him on O and shore up the weak spots on D. they are trul only 4 players off right now. LT and pass catching back on O and DE and CB on defense.

Horse
Reply to  matador
8 months ago

Totally agree.

twspin
Reply to  bucballer
8 months ago

EYE Told You..long time ago.

BigSombrero
Reply to  bucballer
8 months ago

its a good take

RW
RW
8 months ago

Bucs line play on both sides of the ball is average at best. Rams didn’t need to bring anyone on the blitz to get pressure. Also I am not sure why the coaches want Brady to throw the ball deep when they can move it 10 yards a pop.

Dman
8 months ago

Horrible loss. Put this squarely on Brady. Missing guys all over the field and the picks were just plain awful. And fed up with BA and BL. RoJo comes off the best game of his career and barely played. Why was Fournett the featured back tonight? Makes no sense. And please – someone explain to me why AB is on this team. Funny how when we moved the ball it was going to Evans, Godwin and Brate. D played well enough to win this one. Horrible loss.

RW
RW
Reply to  Dman
8 months ago

Let’s see; the D gave up points in the last minute of the 1st half and the game winning points late right after the Bucs tie it up. Rams dominate the O line by rushing 4 guys and get pressure on Brady all night. Bucs can’t run the ball either. Brady made some mistakes but yeah it’s all on him! Horrible take on your part

BigSombrero
Reply to  RW
8 months ago

The defense was inspired. The offennse was pathetic.

Dave
Reply to  BigSombrero
8 months ago

Yeah they were really inspired to slow down mediocre Jared Goff. That inspiration shined through on allowing him to complete 76% of his passes for 375 yards and 3 TD’s. And they were even more inspired to allow Woods and Kupp to catch 23 of 28 balls for 275 yards and a TD. How did I miss that obvious inspiration

cheveliar
Reply to  RW
8 months ago

Like him or hate him. He’s the QB. If they had won most would be all over his jock strap licking him to death cuz he won. He’s getting beat up not just because we lost. It’s how we lost. He threw a game losing pick. Very un-goat like…

Dave
Reply to  Dman
8 months ago

You put this squarely on Brady? Lol. So league average Jared Goff completing 76% of his passes for 375 yards and 3 TD’s had nothing to do with it? Or Brady being under pressure for most of the game had nothing to do with it? Or the whopping 42 yards rushing at 2.3 ypc( against one of the worst run defenses in the league) didn’t play a part either? Or how about the great CB play allowing Woods and Kupp to catch 23 of 28 balls for 275 yards and a TD? That didn’t play a part either? Guess you… Read more »

surferdudes
8 months ago

If not for those two picks by Goff this game is not even close. The way to beat the Bucs is with the short passing game. We have no answer for that. We don’t cover well in zone, or man, and can not get pressure on the QB. Offensively we throw down field way to much, and can’t protect well enough to even do it. Yet we keep trying. Both picks coming on long balls. Not going to beat good teams playing this way. This coaching staff doesn’t seem to be putting players in a position to succeed. Good team,… Read more »

bucballer
Reply to  surferdudes
8 months ago

That is precisely the problem surferdudes! “This coaching staff doesn’t seem to be putting players in a position to succeed!” RoJo goes off last week, so… let’s put Fournette in there this week???? Isn’t Fournette supposed to be the receiving RB? I think we got outcoached AGAIN!

RW
RW
Reply to  surferdudes
8 months ago

Now that is some accurate analysis.

4CTheMarket
Reply to  surferdudes
8 months ago

That´s the frustrating part. The Saints come out and attack Dean on that 1st TD play. McVay comes out and they dink and dunk to death because we cannot stop it. And all we do is just trying to enforce our will on the opponent, even if it does not work. Zero creativity and gameplanning. We are just average at offense, defense, ST and coaching. We have nothing special, so we won´t go anywhere.

Horse
Reply to  4CTheMarket
8 months ago

Agree

Horse
Reply to  surferdudes
8 months ago

We have no answer because our Safeties play too deep and Devin White is incapable at this time as to pass covering skills. This is the wrong Defensive scheme; we should be a 4-3-4 or a 5-2-4 scheme. Yes Brady had a bad day, but the Defense is still the bigger issue. All good teams now a days have good defense and a good QB. Brady is good enough to fill that spot, but the defense needs adjustments, like NOW!

Captain Sly
8 months ago

Same blueprint the Bears, Giants, Saints used and No doubt KC will use.

RW
RW
Reply to  Captain Sly
8 months ago

The one thing that the Bucs could use is a guy who can consistently catch balls out of the backfield and make people miss. It helps relieve pressure and moves the chains. Fournette has been very underwhelming and RoJo can’t catch.

Captain Sly
Reply to  RW
8 months ago

True but you can’t abandon the run. OC gets too greedy and it cost us every time. Brady need to get the ball out quicker but can’t when his receivers are running 15yd out routes. The scheme is all wrong!

RW
RW
Reply to  Captain Sly
8 months ago

On the 2nd pick all receivers except one were at least 15 yards downfield. Not sure why you run a slow developing play when the Rams know you are going to pass.

Horse
Reply to  Captain Sly
8 months ago

The run game in the NFL is a second thought as to priorities. It’s all about the passing game and pass defense.

WeAretheChamps2002+2021
8 months ago

Good thing the Bucs don’t have anymore late prime time games, they can’t win. If they can’t win prime time games, they most certainly won’t win the Super Bowl, since that’s a prime time game.

bucballer
Reply to  WeAretheChamps2002+2021
8 months ago

SuperBowl…did u say SuperBowl?

Buc-Up
8 months ago

Mahomeboy is gonna break the NFL single game 554 passing yardage record if this defense plays a bunch of zone and misses tackles like they did tonight. Kelce & Hill are horrible matchups for this defense!

Horse
Reply to  Buc-Up
8 months ago

Agree

twspin
8 months ago

I hate to do this Butt….Right here on this website when we paid 50 mil to the statue of Liberty I said it will go down as one of the most money wasting ventures this team has ever made. And I got insulted. Wellls….The man can’t roll right or left, He can’t effectively move up in or out of the pocket and pressure causes his balls to go off course. We will be 7-5 after the Chiefs. No, You gonna see youth in action when we play them.One thing now is crystal clear..Our Bucs will be home watching the superbowl… Read more »

RW
RW
Reply to  twspin
8 months ago

So a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs in 13 years now is a piece of crap at 7-4??? It’s a waste to re-establish a winning culture? I’m sure you would love Pat Mahomes on the Bucs but would he also bring Kelce and Hill and how about Andy Reid as well? Football is a team game and guess what? good teams win. Not average teams with good players.

bucballer
Reply to  RW
8 months ago

It’s the coaching! Continually putting players in situations where they will fail instead of utilizing ur talent in the best possible ways. We r getting out coached on just about every game! Every time they show BA on the sidelines… well, he just doesn’t look healthy… I’m worried about the man!

matador
Reply to  twspin
8 months ago

What should we have done? Licht stood by Winston despite a zillion turnovers and one loss after another through multiple coaching regimes. Why because JBL drafted him and just like certain members of Congress all he cares about is keeping his job. Brady falling in our lap along with Gronk is one of the best things that has happened to us since the Glazer kids took over. Can Brady make up for bad line play and bad coaching in one season with no preseason? The answer is yes he can at least partially, hence the winning record. But we need… Read more »

EastEndBoy
8 months ago

Three questions: 1) why does it seemingly take us half a game each week to realize that between Devin White, Whitehead and SMB we cannot cover the middle of the field in zone. They cannot do it, please stop asking them to try. 2) why after 6 1/2 years does our team still have the same glaring holes at LT (Smith was a turn style again today) and in the secondary. There were veterans to be had in the secondary for sure and we brought in none of them. 3) How many times are we going to watch opponents convert… Read more »

cgmaster27
8 months ago

This team just can’t win in primetime. Tom was awful tonight. This long ball thing is a genuine concern at this point. He just terrible at it right now. And the bad decisions are just surprising. We didnt bring in the goat to throw game losing picks. The line buckeled at times but we had guys in and out and considering played rather well i think. The running game was non-existent. And why is fournette on the field? Rojo can drop balls just as easily. Its pathetic. The defense pkayed well enough in the second half to win this game.… Read more »

BigSombrero
Reply to  cgmaster27
8 months ago

Tom is amazing! Did you see his passes vs the Rams?

Dave
Reply to  BigSombrero
8 months ago

About as amazing as our “elite” defense. But to your point, I did however see Goff throw for 375 yards and complete 76% of his passes, along with 3 TD’s. I als saw our RB’s not able to run the ball at all, even on a bottom 3rd run defense. I also saw our OLine continue to look like hot garbage. And oh how can I forget…I also saw our coaching staff continue to suck by asking Brady(the greatest short and intermediate thrower in the history of the game) to be a deep ball specialist, and to have our corners… Read more »

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matador
Reply to  BigSombrero
8 months ago

You are an ass clown, as always.

seat26
8 months ago

I know there are a lot of disappointed fans. But I honestly did not think we would be 7-4 at this point. Getting beat by our former kicker was touch to watch. Brady had a forgettable night. I would say next week is the key. If we lose to the Chiefs, we’ll be lucky to make it as a wild card. I know people are going to throw stones. But we looked slow and unprepared. But on the bright side, Evans, Godwin and Brown still have it. Winfield, Whitehead, and Carlton Davis looked good. JPP too.

EastEndBoy
Reply to  seat26
8 months ago

Whitehead made a pick, yes and is generally quite good against the run…but 75 of Goff’s 286 completions tonight (and Carr’s and Foley’s, and Brees’s, and and and) are over the middle in front of Whitehead as he (and in fairness White too and SMB) all stand around guarding empty patches of turf as though they’ve never been taught how to play zone coverage.

Horse
Reply to  seat26
8 months ago

I think you hit a homerun. We will make the Playoffs because after the Chiefs we should win out.

76Buc
8 months ago

I knew they would lose to the gentle lambs. KC is different. We own KC.

76Buc
8 months ago

Donavan Smith has to go.

Horse
Reply to  76Buc
8 months ago

We’ve got bigger problems on Defense. We need a CB,LB, and most importantly another DT if we plan on playing this same scheme next season.

matador
Reply to  Horse
8 months ago

Horse I hear you but can we really afford to spend still more picks on DBs? We need lineman, like a half dozen years’ worth.

Bucco-Bruce
8 months ago

Again we lose because of coaching and poor execution. Brady gets the blame along with our defense and especially our coaches!! I’m thinking with all our secondary picks in the draft we are still a poor coverage team, what the hell!!

pinkstob
8 months ago

My biggest takeaway from this game is the Rams are a better team than I thought. Goff was supposed to be weak against pressure and without his LT he never succumbed to the blitzes we threw at him. We also stopped A. Donald but they still created pressure without him. Yeah Brady stunk when it counted most but we were still in a position to win the game mainly due to a great game by JPP. So much for practicing at night. My final takeaway? I still don’t like our CB’s.

Horse
Reply to  pinkstob
8 months ago

Agree with you.