Fans who bought tickets to the Bucs game against the Colts certainly got their money’s worth. In a highly entertaining, back-and-forth contest, Tampa Bay was able to seize momentum in the fourth quarter and held on for an exciting 38-35 win over Indianapolis.

Despite the win, there were still some players who didn’t have their best games on Sunday.

Below is our weekly Most Disappointing feature.

S Andrew Adams
Adams struggled on Sunday, allowing a 46-yard touchdown on quarterback Jacoby Brissett’s first pass attempt of the game.

Adams appeared the culprit of multiple big gains from the Colts and gave away 15 yards on a personal foul penalty for hitting Indianapolis running back Marlon Mack late on a 13-yard carry in the third quarter. The Colts would go on to score a touchdown later in the drive where wide receiver Zach Pascal hauled in the pass between Adams and Davis.

Offensive Line
The offensive line had some struggles in both the run and pass game on Sunday with the absence of Alex Cappa who say out with an arm injury.

Tampa Bay’s line allowed Winston to be consistently pressured while providing next to no running lanes as the Bucs’ running backs averaged just 2.9 yards per carry on the day. Offensive tackle Demar Dotson cost the Bucs 20 yards in the first quarter when a 10-yard run by Ronald Jones was wiped out by a holding penalty, leading to a first-and-20 situation that Tampa Bay would fail to climb out of, resulting in a punt from their own territory.

Despite just one sack, Winston was hit six times. Still there were periods of solid play as evidenced by the Bucs 542 yards of offense and 38 points. But once again there was way too many one yard, no gain, or negative runs on the afternoon.

S Jordan Whitehead
Whitehead had an uncharacteristically poor performance on Sunday, given what a reliable player he’s typically been for Tampa Bay’s defense this year.

Whitehead specifically had trouble in coverage, resulting in a holding penalty in the first half, although he did finish the game with a team-leading eight total tackles.

RB Dare Ogunbowale
Ogunbowale is the team’s two-minute and third-down back, and has been decent for much of the year, but in the first quarter on Sunday Ogunbowale coughed up the football after a reception from quarterback Jameis Winston, leading to three points for the Colts and a 10-0 first quarter lead. Ogunbowale did redeem himself somewhat with four other receptions and finished the afternoon with five catches for 48 yards.

 

 

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31 COMMENTS

  1. Not the best game for the offensive line but we put a lot of stress on them just like we do on Winston.
    For instance, on that one sack – it was against a reserve left tackle and we had a 5 receiver set.
    He got beat bad – but the other teams have players too.

    That very next play on a 3rd and 14, that same offensive line gave Winston plenty of time to throw and a 1st down to a wide open receiver.

    When you go back 50 times and you are missing one starter all game not all snaps are going to be gems. By the way, 3 of those 6 hits were allowed when Donovan Smith was out of the game with an injury.

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    • Absolutely right! I put that sack on Leftwich – Smith goes out and Byron lines up 5 wide, no help for the O line and a 7 step drop – idiot.

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      • But Leftwich had a great game overall Dman.

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    • So do we settle for less than mediocrity in the O-Line? I’m happy the Bucs won, and maybe just looking at it from a historical point of view the O-Line for the Bucs have never been great. Regardless of how bad they are or aren’t the Bucs should still work on getting (Quality) depth at every position on the line.

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  2. This game comes down to winston. He’s the unquestionable star who willed the team to victory. But damn it his screwups almost cost us the game. Nobody else had mistakes that had the impact of his three picks.
    I don’t know what to make of the man
    He’s a top five qb but then again he can single handed lose a game.
    And I have no idea what to do about it.
    I think bucs keep him and Bruce fixed him.

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  3. I have to say, the bucs really missed Donovan Smith those few plays he was out. Showed me he’s much bigger to this offense than I thought. Well played Smith.

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    • I agree his absence exposed how thin we are on the O line. But I think he’s still better at RT. I think we go get the best LT we can afford in either FA or in the draft.

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      • Great year for offensive lineman in the draft – Unlike last year.

        Glad we did not reach for one last year in the draft. Most of those offensive lineman have been exposed this year in their play.

        This group should be good and I expect us to go for at least one.

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        • I think D.Ristner plays quite a good season for the Broncos. He’d be a great value player, at right guard or right tackle. I wanted the Bucs to pick him, instead wo went for SMB.

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          • Agree Dalton Risner has been solid for Denver. Has a 66 PFF rating for the year. I think he was devalued by some teams because teams were wondering whether his college tape was a part of his advanced age compared to others.

            For instance he is just a year younger than Caleb Benenoch who has been in the league for 4 years.

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          • Completely agree – when our pick came up and Risner on the board I was excited. And then the pick. Oh well, hope we invest in the O line this year.

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  4. It seemed like the Defense took a step back today. They gave up a lot of big plays to a QB that has looked average at best. One Sack? I know that the colts have a very good offensive line, but we have to get pressure on opposing QBs or this young secondary group gets burnt. It seemed like the secondary was a step behind all day. Winston throws 3 picks again. And one of them is a pick 6. I am sorry, I have been his biggest supporter for all these years, but this is unacceptable. Colts turned all the turnovers into 17 points. We struggled against a very average team, and most of it was the Bucs beating themselves. Like it or not we need other options at the QB position.

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    • The Colts have (arguably) the best OL in the NFL. 1 sack is dissappointing, but the Bucs shut down another top tier rushing attack. The dumb PI penalties and the lucky hail mary passes can’t keep persisting against these guys in the secondary.

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  5. I’ll take the win, but can someone look up what quarterback in NFL history has thrown the most interceptions on the teams opening drive. It’s the Winston roller coaster. Multiple turnovers but won and almost had 500 yards in the air. Licht has his work cut out for him. I’m glad I don’t have his job this offseason. Resigning Shaq should be priority numero uno.

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  6. I made a beer bet that Winston throws a pick on 1 of his first 3 attempts. Cheers!

    I also bet that he would lead the Bucs to victory. Cheers!

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    • Ya, I need to jump on the Winston 1st quarter interception bet band wagon. Lol

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  7. Build your OL to protect Jameis and open running lanes and he won’t throw three interceptions anymore. Nobody counts how many times he gets away from pressure on his own nor how durable he is from all those hits or how many times he can shake off mistakes and produce amazing results, but if those stats were kept the haters would even realize that any rookie QB you get or even any veteran QB you would substitute for him would lose games too with our OL! Remember how well Fitz Magic, who also was good at avoiding pressure on his own, did when we were killed by Pittsburg last year! Ask experts how many teams can still win when they have four turnovers in one game. BA has let us survive turnovers and still win. Trust BA he will find a way—and he just did!!! Great to see so much of our stadium filled with Buc Fans; keep winning and they will one day fill every seat!

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  8. Winston deserves to be on both lists, not just this week but 7 or 8 weeks this season. One moment he has you bashing your head against concrete, the next he is throwing Favre-esque passes deep down field.
    It’s like the Dos Equis ad from Bizzaro world, Jamis is…the most frustrating man in the world!

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  9. I am not a Winston hater. He deserves to be on the most impressive list. He also deserves to be on the most disappointing list. Somehow, someway, Winston found a way to do both a should’ve been out here too

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  10. JW will be one of the greatest Bucs ever. He will stay under BA’s protection, and they will be far from reaching a QB worthy in the draft because they will FINALLY invest on the O-line. Thus, he will write/right his name in the record books and will take them deep into the playoffs. JW is ascending to greatness before our very eyes. Although it took 5 years.

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  11. Most disappointing, but not at all surprising, was the Bucs season pass members who showed up wearing Colts gear. I’m not talking about the typical ones who sell their tickets and stay home. I’m talking about actual Bucs “fans” that attend every game wearing Bucs season pass member hats and a Colts jersey, Bucs hat and a Colts jacket and the best, a Bucs season ticket holder who wore Colts gear to the game and then posted photos of his Golden Retrievers (Eli and Peyton) wearing Colts jerseys on Facebook. My guess is each thought the Colts had the better chance to win. Disgusting!

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    • Should have seen all the Steelers Fans in AZ yesterday haha looked like Heinz Field

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      • Wife and I went to the Cardinals-Steelers game in Pittsburgh during the Bucs bye-week in Pittsburgh a few years ago. There were about a dozen Cardinals fans. Went to this years Bucs-Steelers pre-season game. There were actually quite a few Bucs fans.

        I’m sure it’s the same when the Cowboys, Packers and Patriots show up. It’s a shame that so many fans in the sunbelt buy season tickets only to sell them to the enemy.

        Glad to see you posting again.

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  12. I already said this on most impressive list but yes we need to build a good o line and have better balance and defense and Winston will be fine imo.

    No going to bash Smith but I’ll say because his backup was worse doesn’t mean he’s good. It means we have no depth! He’s been durable but he has 2-3 very bad plays or penalties per game. He needs to clean that crap up!

    Was crazy game with secondary etc, I felt like pass rush would get so close, Brissett would barely get ball out, secondary would blow coverage. Seemed happen over and over on deep throws.

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    • That’s not even close to being the truth. Smith has had 2-3 “bad” plays all year.

      The guy protects the blindside of a QB who is asked to throw the ball more than any other QB in the league.

      The guy has been a rock!

      The hate for him is truly misguided ignorance.

      The guy can go 2-3 games, passing blocking the best pass rushers in football, and not give up a sack..and then he gets beat (like every LT in football does) and you bozos are on his ass.

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  13. Bottom line secondary still needs lot improvement. Usually when team shuts run down like Bucs did and they have pretty good pass rush an offense will struggle. Brissett had way too many bombs competed and some just almost seemed like pure luck but this secondary is still bad. Improving and showing flashes but still very poor on deep throws.

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    • It is the Safties fredster. Uncharacteristic of whitehead, and he is usually in the box, so we will let him slide, as he has been very reliable. But the FS position has got to be addressed. Let us not forget Andrew Adams was an unsigned FA before we picked him up. Justin Evans would be there but unfortunately he is ALWAYS injured. I say we draft a beastly FS after drafting the best available OT. Then we will be fine. I believe in the corners honestly. Very young and getting better.

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    • So a secondary made up of mostly rookies and second year players, all of whom are playing in a new scheme, need to improve? Brilliant!

      Go watch some tape of Barber, Kelly and Lynch in their rookie years. All 3 were lost and awful. All year.

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  14. Same list again – OLine and secondary

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  15. In defense of the defense, they stopped the run against a team that had a lead and is supposed to be able to run well. Also, give some credit to Jacoby Brissett and the Colt offensive line. Between the pass protection and the way Brissett scrambled, pass plays seemed to go on for a long time, and that kills pass coverage.

    On the first touchdown Brissette threw, I was sure that he was sacked. I am still not sure what happened in the coverage on that play. Davis pulled off the receiver about the time Brissett stepped forward to avoid two guys who looked like they had him sacked. Maybe Davis thought that Brissett was going to run for it? And, the safety took an angle that looked as if he might plow right into Davis. Maybe that is why Davis broke off? But, Davis also broke off the coverage on some other plays including two in the end zone, so who knows?

    Overall, the defense has some really good stops. If the offense had not spotted the Colts 17 points, it would not have been a contest.

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  16. Stress management video

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