After a slow start, the Bucs pulled away late to defeat the Dolphins 45-17. The story remains the same for the Bucs as penalties were a factor yet again. Tackling was also an issue with several egregious missed tackles by the Bucs defense. In the end the offense was just too much for a struggling Miami defense. The Bucs used a heavy dose of play action throughout the game, and picked the Dolphins apart in the second half.

A week after Tom Brady had zero touchdowns against the Patriots, he finished the game with five against the Dolphins. Brady went 30-41 for 411 yards. Antonio Brown logged his 900th career reception becoming the fastest player to do so in NFL history. Brown’s 82nd touchdown of his career moved him into a tie for 24th most touchdowns in NFL history. He finished the game with seven receptions 124 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Evans had over 100 yards as well, totaling six receptions for 114 yards and two scores.

The Bucs were also able to get the running game going again this week. The team finished with 121 yards total on the ground, led by Leonard Fournette’s 67 yards and a touchdown. The defense came away with a two key turnovers and three sacks, led by Shaq Barrett’s 1.5.

Piling on the injuries, Lavonte David left late in the second quarter with an ankle injury and would not return to the game. Early reports indicate x-rays were negative for fractures.

Sloppy First Half Keeps Dolphins In It

On the Dolphins opening possession of the game, penalties and bad tackling remained an issue for the Bucs. A catch and run for 34 yards by Preston Williams help set up a Miami field goal for the early lead. The Bucs answered, marching down the field on an eight play, 86-yard drive. Brady hit Giovani Bernard for a 10-yard touchdown catch as the blitz closed in.

The Dolphins would take advantage of poor tackling and a pass interference call to set up a Miami score. The Bucs blew a coverage, and Myles Gaskin walked in for a 24-yard touchdown catch to retake the lead. After a drive deep into Miami territory, a 10-yard sack on Brady knocked the Bucs out of the red zone. Ryan Succop came in and knocked in a 42-yarder to tie the game.

After a Dolphins punt, Brady found Antonio Brown crossing over the middle for a 62-yard touchdown as pressure closed in. The Bucs defense forced another Miami punt, and then Brady did Brady things. He lead the offense on a 77-yard drive, finding Brown again for a 4-yard touchdown catch before the half. The Dolphins moved down the field quickly, but Shaq Barrett ended the drive with a strip-sack recovered by Ndamukong Suh.

Bucs Take Over In The Fourth Quarter

Tampa Bay received the ball after the half, but was forced to punt. On the ensuing Miami drive, missed tackles and a pass interference call set the Dolphins up at the one-yard line. Jacoby Brissett found Myles Gaskin for his second touchdown catch of the day. Not to be outdone, Brady led the Bucs on a 13-play, 75-yard drive capped off with a Fournette rushing touchdown.

After a Miami punt, the offense only needed four plays to find the end zone once again. Brady launched the ball 34 yards into the hands of Mike Evans for the quick score. Jamel Dean’s interception of Brissett on the next series set up the Bucs with great field position. Evans was again the beneficiary of a 23-yard score to put the game out of reach. The Dolphins punted on their next possession and Blaine Gabbert entered for Brady. Gabbert marched the Bucs into the red zone, but the Bucs knelt out the final two minutes in a 45-17 win.

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About the Author: J.C. Allen

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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Spitfire
Spitfire
7 months ago

That’s 1 game down and 3 to go before the Bye Week. Hopefully David is ok and at worst won’t miss any past the Bye. We just gotta get through these next 3 to hopefully get everyone back bye Week 10 vs Washington and hopefully be able to finish the season healthy. What a performance today though. Tough start for the Defense but to hold them to 17 was a great turnaround! Go Bucs!!!

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1
7 months ago

That works, keep on winning and hope to get back some of the injured guys on defense. Big game coming up on Thursday. Philly may be tougher than Miami was, plus its on the road.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
7 months ago

That was an absolute beatdown. This defensive secondary is still a major issue. Leonard has been playoff lenny. This is the best I think ive seen him play. Brady was just out there playing pitch and catch. Its just a blessing to watch that man work with these loaded recievers. Reports are lavonte has a high ankle sprain. That could be weeks. We’re very fottunate to be in a soft part of our schedule as were just going to have to outscore people. Hopefully well have gronk and winfield back next week. Defense did get a few more sacks today,… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by cgmaster27
drdneast
drdneast
7 months ago

For a while there, when reading this report, I thought the Bucs had almost lost.

drdneast
drdneast
7 months ago

Must be so frustrating for our front 7 to have to rush and sack the QB when they take nothing but three step drops and throw 5 and 10 yard patterns.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  drdneast
7 months ago

Funny how some folks don’t see the season long pattern. Works just well enough for our opponents to lose the game. I must say, I thought Brissett hung in there and threw the ball accurately while under duress. I didn’t expect hat.

Horse
Horse
7 months ago

Offense will have to keep dominating as the Defense injuries keep mounting up.
JTS needs to start over JPP; it’s obvious he came back too soon.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  Horse
7 months ago

Id be inclined to agree.

pinkstob
pinkstob
7 months ago

Man is this offense fun to watch! Tom Brady when given time to throw is unbelievable. Our WRs played great today and so did the O-line and Fournette. The defense still isn’t impressive but with this offense and our remaining schedule I’m not sure it matters. Go Bucs!