Tampa Bay had a great chance to pull a second straight road upset at New Orleans, but blew an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter. Several untimely penalties – 15 for 113 yards – contributed to the Buccaneers’ 37-31 loss in overtime.
“Penalties really hurt us,” Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon said.
In addition to the penalties, Tampa Bay’s defense allowed the Saints to amass 511 yards of offense and score 35 points in Sunday’s overtime loss. The Bucs climbed out of an early 13-0 hole to score 24 unanswered points at one time, but failed to score a point in the final 13 minutes of regulation.
MOST DISAPPOINTING BUCCANEERS AT SAINTS
LG Logan Mankins
Mankins played well through three quarters, but had a bad fourth quarter and gave up two costly plays. Mankins was beaten by Saints linebacker Junior Galette and gave up a key safety in the fourth quarter that helped fuel New Orleans’ comeback. Then Mankins had a holding penalty on Tampa Bay’s final drive in regulation. That negated a 9-yard catch by Louis Murphy out to the Buccaneers’ 43-yard line and set the offense back at the 24.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Seferian-Jenkins dropped a pass on third-and-8 on Tampa Bay’s first possession that would have given them a first down and then dropped another one across the middle that would have given the Bucs another. In the second quarter, a facemask penalty on Seferian-Jenkins negated a 16-yard catch by Louis Murphy. The rookie tight end finished the game with one catch for 11 yards.
MLB Dane Fletcher
Fletcher didn’t get a deep enough drop down the middle of the field in Cover 2 and gave up a 36-yard reception to Marques Colston on New Orleans’ first drive. Fletcher also missed two tackles in the first quarter and finished with several missed tackles and had only five actual tackles. The Bucs need to get Mason Foster back in the lineup as quickly as possible.
LT Anthony Collins
Collins was flagged for his fourth penalty of the year, an illegal formation infraction, and it was costly as it negated a 35-yard catch-and-run by Doug Martin into Saints territory on third-and-5. The penalty set up a third-and-10 situation that the Bucs ultimately did not convert. Collins later had an illegal hands to the face penalty that wiped out an 8-yard reception by Louis Murphy. Collins was part of an offensive line unit that struggled to open up running lanes for Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey.
RB Doug Martin
Martin rushed for just 45 yards on 14 carries (3.2 avg.) with a 16-yard run on the final play before overtime when the Saints were defending the pass. Take out that 16-yarder and the former first-round pick rushed for 29 yards on 13 carries (2.2 avg.). Martin also caught three passes for 29 yards, including a season-long 20-yarder. Simply put, the Bucs need more production out of Martin, who needs to be a more creative runner and make plays on his own with or without good blocking.
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
Not disagreeing with your choices…but we did score 31 points, and we did give up 37 points….maybe a few more disappointments on defense?????
Most Disappointing was penalties, poor tackling, and poor pass catching.
Honestly Scott, I know you love Rainey but the hate for Martin is getting alittle insane, none of our running backs are getting yards, Rainey did nothing with his six carries besides the 9 yard td, Martin had a great day picking up blitzes and caught the ball very well, having a huge gain called back on a dumb penalty, maybe the o line needs to open up some more holes for our rb’s?
Penalties, penalties, penalties. Sloppy play, although some seem penalties were ticky-tacky, still inexcusable. 62 yards of passing were lost on successive stupid penalties. Murphy & Lansanah unsportsmanlike penalties…as if they’ve never seen the end zone before. Expected more of Sefarian-Jenkins, but maybe too much to ask of a rookie. Having said all that, this was a very winnable game. Brees looked like McCown on his two interceptions. Glennon was good after the first quarter.
Tampafan8251 – Doug Martin has not rushed for at least 50 yards in his last four starts. He has not rushed for more than 70 yards in his last six starts. Has the OL played bad in his last six starts? Not hating on Martin – just reporting the truth. Why isn’t Martin on the field on last-minute drives at the end of each half and Bobby Rainey is?
All im saying is besides the one game where Rainey went off, our O line opened major holes, every other game I see any rb we have get hit behind the line or drilled after one yard, something isn’t clicking as a whole as a running game not just Doug.
Just about every time Doug Martin gets a handoff, a defender has a hand on him. The coaching staff needs to get him the ball in space. Play to his strengths.
That play call when we have up the safety was ridiculous. The offensive coordinator was the most disappointing because of it gave the game away.
All the Bucs backs have been disappointing this year. When you run up the middle 9 out of 10 times on first down, and the defense plays that trend, it’s tough sledding. By contrast today Sean Payton was very creative the way he used his backs. His play calling was great in the second half where he had our D suckered several times for big plays. That said, we lost because we did to ourselves what Pitt did last week. To many dumb penalties, and plane bad tackling.
Don’t we have anyone better then Fletcher we can try at MLB? Right now I wouldn’t be apposed to drafting one in the first round. Not sure Foster is worth resigning next year to start.
In the end we lost the game, so that’s a bummer, but there were lots of things on both sides of the ball to feel good about.
We were a physical team and most Saints are going to remember Mark Barron when they ice-up tomorrow. Lavonte David was bringing the wood too! They were dropping like flies at one point and McCoy had Brees on his back with both legs in the air. Listen to the commentators,the reputation of the Bucs is being slowly built in the league. The Ravens will not be looking forward to coming to Tampa.
Get people well, eliminate the unnecessary penalties, and we may win a few more games!
No Koenen on this list? Are you kidding?
Scott, Martin and several long runs and catches called back because of penalties. If the penalties never happened he would have had a decent game. Futhermore, he was outstanding in pass protection.
Good points, Martin looked fast too. When other teams watch the film hopefully they will want to take him away. Once Sims is healthy, there won’t be room for him in Tampa.
I can agree with ASJ because he had several bad plays. But he is still a rookie. I disagree with Mankins and Collins except in the sense that they were part of the offensive line that couldn’t create running lanes. But their pass blocking was outstanding but for the one play. Disagree with Doug Martin being on the list because we are obviously tipping off our running plays and he and Rainey are getting stuffed. Agree with Dane Fletcher. I just never see him make a play and he always looks lost. One name not on the list for me is Clinton McDonald. I expected more from him especially when the Saints starting center went out. Still wondering if Koenen is being directed to put high and short. If not, he’s on my list. But I’m most disappointed in the officials who were so flag happy they should work at the United Nations. That petty hands to the face on Banks was ticky tack and cost us an opportunity to possess the ball. Another was a weak holding call on Murphy. When one team is flagged more than twice as much as the other, as Gruden would say, “There ought to be an investigation.”
All if the Bucs on the field and all of the coaching staff are the most disappointing. I would be fired if I performed like they do week in and week out. They should all be fired. They are all losers. They should all apply to be contestants on “The Biggest Loser” show, oh wait, they would lose at that too.
One of the things I least like about PR is when they down grade the offensive line and then give the RBs a bad grade. C’mon guys, if there is no blocking we cannot expect the RBs to perform well. I am not saying give them a pass, but most disappointing is harsh. I bet you tail gate thinking you can make the guy in front drive faster.
No Koenen? Did you watch the game? Koenen was poor last week and just as bad this week. Time to move on from this OVERPAID so called punter.
Think he is being told to punt for air time, as opposed to distance. Limits the risk of a big return, has been happening since the ATL game.
31 points is the most TB has put up in a while. For a coach that is defensively minded to give up 31 points, in regulation, is too much. Def a lot of bright sides though. I feel as if games in NO haven’t been win-able in a long time. And all that done without starting WR2 and MLB. Overall, good game.
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