After winning the coin toss, the Cardinals elected to defer to the second half, which meant the Bucs offense would have the field first. Unfortunately their time with the ball did not last long. After a short pass for a minimal gain, Winston was sacked on the second play. And to make matters worse, on third down he threw an interception. The Bucs defense was able to play damage control going up against the short field and held the Cardinals to just a field goal to open the scoring at 3-0.

The Bucs faired much better on their following drive, thanks to the running and catching of their starting running back Ronald Jones. On the series, Jones caught three passes for 41 yards, and also rushed for a score to cap off an 11-play, 60 yard drive. This gave Tampa their first lead of the game at 7-3.

The Cardinals offense settled down on their next series with an 11-play drive of their own. They were able to dink-and-dunk their way up the field 39 yards to get into field goal range and make it a one-point contest at 7-6. On the Bucs’ next drive, they, too, took their time with a 12-play, 63-yard drive that ended in three points, as well. This brought the score to 10-6.

The game took a big halt in production following the early back-and-forth scoring. Over the course of the next four drives, the Bucs and Cardinals would each go three-and-out with punting results twice.

When the Cardinals took over as time was winding down in the first half, they did so at their own 4-yard line. However, a 32-yard run by Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray got them some breathing room and some much needed momentum. They took that momentum all the way to the end zone capping off a 96-yard drive with a touchdown and a 13-10 lead. But when the Buccaneers got the ball back in response, their 1-minute drill proved to be effective in the best way, as two O.J. Howard catches got them first into the red zone and then into the end zone for the 17-13 lead at halftime.

The Cardinals couldn’t get much going on their first drive of the second half, but the Bucs had a different result on their first possession. In a 9-play drive that traveled 49 yards in distance, the Bucs were able to get into field goal range, and kicker Matt Gay was once again able to deliver with a short strike to extend Tampa’s lead at 20-13.

The Cardinals wasted no time getting things going after that, as a 69-yard pass to wide receiver Christian Kirk two plays later quickly gave the Cardinals seven points and a tie ball game on the scoreboard at 20-20.

After back-to-back punts, one by the Buccaneers and one by the Cardinals, the Buccaneers found themselves on their own 11-yard line. After a short pass to running back Peyton Barber, Winston tried to convert on a pass over the middle, but it was tipped and intercepted. This spelled danger for Tampa Bay, as the Cardinals took over deep into Bucs territory. But as he has done so many times before, linebacker Lavonte David came to Tampa’s rescue with a huge forced fumble that got the ball back.

On the Bucs next drive, they traveled 66 yards in 12 plays to get within field goal range. As Matt Gay’s attempt went up, it went wide left, but the Cardinals jumped offsides and it gave Gay another crack at it. He didn’t disappoint, and the Bucs took the lead once again at 23-20.

On the Cardinals next drive, they made it to the Bucs 36-yard line, but the defense held them there for what we thought would be a punt. But a fake punt pass got them a first down in Buccaneer territory. One play later the Bucs were called for pass interference that put the ball at the Tampa 13-yard line. Then Christian Kirk was able to score his third touchdown of the day to bring the score to 27-23 in favor of the Cardinals.

On their next drive, the Bucs brought the ball to midfield thanks to a nice 19-yard pass to Mike Evans. Following the big play, Winston was able to hit Ronald Jones on a short pass with open space in front of him, but a fumble recovered by the Cardinals ended that drive right then and there.

As the Cardinals drove the ball down the field, a big catch from Larry Fitzgerald put them within field goal range, but two plays later rookie cornerback Jamel Dean came up big with a clutch interception on Kyler Murray. The Bucs offense went on the all-out attack after that thanks to a 49-yard catch by Chris Godwin. After that, a pass interference call in the end zone put the ball at the 1-yard line, and Peyton Barber was able to punch it in for the 30-27 lead with 1:43 remaining.

When the Cardinals got the ball back, they were faced with a crucial third-and-7, but pass interference on Tampa gave them the first down and kept the drive alive. But a few plays later, the Bucs defense held their hands up in victory, 30-27.

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About the Author: 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: trevor@pewterreport.com
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SappAttack
1 year ago

Great overall team win! Game ball to Jamel Dean

mbrown758
1 year ago

I told you Sikkema

BucRy
Reply to  mbrown758
1 year ago

You told him that the bucs will win a game that they should win?

Devasher
1 year ago

The definition of two bad teams playing each other. Sure touchdowns being dropped because they were caught in the sun, RB’s fumbling the ball to air, WR’s falling down to allow interceptions in the red zone, coaches attempting a 3rd challenge when none existed, a rookie QB letting the clock burn 30 seconds at the end of the game with a TO in their pocket.

If a legitimate team showed up halfway through the game they would’ve beaten both the Bucs and Cardinals.

GrayBalls
Reply to  Devasher
1 year ago

That was reminiscent of Dirk Koetter, for sure

BucRy
1 year ago

Good to see that Dean is a resilient player, good for him after last weeks game.

Ron Potter
1 year ago

It’s not parity or any given Sunday. It’s anarchy.

BucRy
1 year ago

I can’t be the only one holding my breath every time Winston throws the ball, he gives me so much anxiety.

twspin
Reply to  BucRy
1 year ago

No you are not BucRy. Everytime Jameis throws I grab my Walnuts! You never know where the ball is going.

Ron Gibson
Ron Gibson
Reply to  twspin
1 year ago

Here’s a hint – Its going downfield like for 300+ yards in 4 straight games. Do you need pics to get it ?

Ron Potter
Reply to  BucRy
1 year ago

Right. Winston gave up a fake punt today. He also gave up 300+ passing yards and 3 TDs to yet ANOTHER rookie QB. Winston also keeps throwing red flags for Pass Interference and costing us timeouts. He definitely is the cause for all the anxiety and losses around here.

twspin
1 year ago

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!
We came thru with one. As usual it was a nailbiter..Or in my case a few extra shots of my fav beverage. On the other hand, AZ played hard and they do seem to have their QB for the future. That little runt is good and is going to be real good in the comin years.

bucballer
1 year ago

It’s a win! Let’s be for real…we will take it!

twspin
Reply to  bucballer
1 year ago

No Question. By any means necessary. The football Gods gabe us a break today.

Charlie
1 year ago

Jameisnwith another crap game against a crap team. The Bucs would have won by 14+ if they had a decent QB.

Ron Gibson
Ron Gibson
Reply to  Charlie
1 year ago

Another one trick pony phony fan…

mbrown758
1 year ago

That “little runt” is going get hurt, badly. He does have a good arm.

twspin
Reply to  mbrown758
1 year ago

Say mbrown..Give the kid Murray credit. He can barely see pass the line of scrimmage and zips the ball like Flash. He is deceptively quick. I think you can say he’s a little better than Jameis was at that point in his career. Don’t be a Hater! Beside..We won.

mbrown758
Reply to  twspin
1 year ago

He’s not big enough, sorry to say. If you run in the NFL you will get hurt.

twspin
Reply to  mbrown758
1 year ago

Hmmmnn..He could defy the odds. There are always one or two…..I just think the AZ kid has a tremendous upside. That’s all I’m sayin.

Pete
1 year ago

Wow that was a fun game. David saved the day. Cards seemed to play this game with nothing to lose! They lost lol
Maybe beat the Saints? Just saying . If Falcans can why can’t Bucs

seat26
1 year ago

Jamal Dean! I was ready to unload on this guy after last week, he redeemed himself. What a great win! It was scary and it seemed like we did almost everything we could to lose it, even the head coach showed how undisciplined this team is, but that is for another discussion. We won!!

Horse
1 year ago

This is the second game in a row we have played decent football and I’m so happy we won this game.
We still have holes to fill though; now in the next 7 games I’m hoping to see improvement from our DB’s and whoever that third receiver is going to be. Go Bucs!

chefboho
1 year ago

This was a game filled with mistakes but also some excitement. Jameis wasn’t great but he was good enough. The same with the oline. I loved seeing all the screens plays and RoJo was great as a receiver minus the crazy air fumble. There’s still way too many penalties on first and goal, too many turnovers, but this game had something happen at the end that past teams didn’t.. a way to finish the game. They were down by four with less than 5 minutes and jameis led the squad down the field for a TD. Then the defense finally… Read more »

TBAtlas
1 year ago

The team is learning how to win. It doesn’t have to be pretty, it just has to be gritty.

SappAttack
Reply to  TBAtlas
1 year ago

… and titties.

GrayBalls
Reply to  SappAttack
1 year ago

Yes, of course, titties. Titties, indeed

mbrown758
Reply to  GrayBalls
1 year ago

Yes titties indeed

Ron Gibson
Ron Gibson
Reply to  TBAtlas
1 year ago

Absolutely ! You aren’t awarded points in the NFL for style. However it may get some slobbering comments by the idiots who call the game.

bucballer
1 year ago

Saw that Amazon owner, Jeff Bezzos is looking to buy an NFL team… Bucs perhaps???

EastEndBoy
Reply to  bucballer
1 year ago

No thanks – not unless you want the players to all work for league minimum, hold their dumps until after game time, be refused water during time outs, and made to repair their own jerseys/equipment after games…then he’d be a great owner 😁

mbrown758
Reply to  bucballer
1 year ago

NO

BUC-ASS-BOB
1 year ago

It was a win and that is all that counts, I think AZ has as many if not more issues than Bucs
At the end of the day, a win goes into the books and no one remembers how it came.

matador
1 year ago

We’re going to win just enough games to keep the top QBs out of reach. Ugh.
I know, I know, the two interceptions weren’t Winston’s fault. Just like all of the other INTs and fumbles this season.
n fact all 92 (need a fact check here, hard to do the math when numbers are so large) turnovers had nothing to with Winston.
It’s all good. He digs his own grave repeatedly but can dig out if it at least half of the time. Or, maybe it’s a third of the time. Whatever, give that man $100 million!

SappAttack
Reply to  matador
1 year ago

my crystal ball says we franchise Jameis and ask him to prove it again after we bolster the offensive line in the draft/FA

chefboho
Reply to  matador
1 year ago

You act like drafting a qb will fix the glaring needs on this team which is offensive and defensive line. Some of you just don’t get it. No QB will play well with this line or with having the pressure of needing 30 points with the way this defense plays. Fix the trenches before you even think about the QB position

Ron Gibson
Ron Gibson
Reply to  matador
1 year ago

You stink as a fan. I think the Browns should be your team. You’d have plenty to cry about then.

buddah
1 year ago

PR very consistent. When the majority of the staff pick the Bucs to lose, they win. When they pick the Bucs to win, they lose. Our best chance of beating the Saints is having a unanimous pick against the Buccaneers. Nice final drive for the Buccaneers.

Ron Potter
Reply to  buddah
1 year ago

Kudos to Mark Cook for calling this one! Think this was his first win of the year? Listened to the podcast and he stuck with it in spite of the peer pressure. Gold star for Cook in my book. Think he wanted to do the next podcast naked if he was right lol….his peers deserve this! Lmao

Horse
Reply to  Ron Potter
1 year ago

Congratulations Mark!

Ron Gibson
Ron Gibson
Reply to  buddah
1 year ago

You know that is a sign of a young team, playing up when facing a decent team and down when playing a poor team. Mind set and motivation are critical. Young players have to learn to be motivated no matter who they are playing as any team can beat you – See ATL vs NO yesterday.

76Buc
1 year ago

When Winston plays bad we lose. When he plays good we lose. When he is mediocre we win.

76Buc
1 year ago

I don’t know if this team has a bad record because they are young or because they are bad. My biggest fear is that they are both. I know they won and maybe they are learning how to win. But, they should have beaten the Cards by two scores. At least the Cards don’t travel well so there was mostly Buc fans at the game.

Ron Gibson
Ron Gibson
Reply to  76Buc
1 year ago

Go find your safe place and avoid TV as it might damage your fragile personality.

pinkstob
1 year ago

This was a team win. Everyone seemed to step up in this game…except Arians’ game management. I’m glad to see the Bucs come out on top in a close game, especially at home. Go Bucs!!

seat26
1 year ago

I am thrilled that we were able to beat Arizona. A crappy team, but we are a little less crappy than them, for today. One of those Interceptions was a tipped ball, not as unhappy with Winston as I should be after two Interceptions because the runs were incredible. ROJO looked pretty good minus the fumble. I think the D is starting to improve. When it is all said and done, I think Carlton Davis and Dean stick, especially if Dean continues to play like he did today. I predict they will be our starting corners next year. Whitehead doesn’t… Read more »

bucballer
1 year ago

U know pinkstop… I was thinking the same thing. BAs clock management, time management and decisions on when to throw the red flag. Don’t most teams have a staff person that monitors the close calls to advise BA? He does seem to make some questionable in game decisions and he definitely wears his heart on his sleeve! Ashamed he used up challenges as I believe we could have overturned a couple of questionable calls. One for sure! I’m just saying…

Ron Gibson
Ron Gibson
Reply to  bucballer
1 year ago

Yeah Arians is having way too many senior moments out there.

bucscriv
1 year ago

A win by any other name…..Still a win

scubog
1 year ago

The problem with some Bucs fans is they perceive some teams as lesser (Cardinals) and even when coming out victorious, put an asterisk on the W. All teams can beat you and no team is unbeatable in the NFL. This isn’t UF vs Vandy. A win is a win!

Sadly, even with fantastic weather and being away for 7 weeks we had a relatively sparse crowd and a modest Cardinal following. This was as close to a “home” game as we’ve had in a while. Won’t be that way when the Saints come marching in next week.

chefboho
Reply to  scubog
1 year ago

Agreed scu, last I checked the cardinals had a better record and beat a bad giants team that we lost to. No win in the nfl can be over looked. Look at the teams that won yesterday….browns, Bucs, Dolphins, falcons. All teams with two wins or less. It’s any given Sunday for a reason. You all complain saying Jamie’s stats don’t matter when they lose, but when they win, it’s because the team they played sucked or that Jameis was giving the game away. Y’all are some negative people. Probably a joy at parties.

Ron Gibson
Ron Gibson
Reply to  chefboho
1 year ago

Well said.