Tampa Bay’s 20-3 loss to Green Bay stung because of the horrific performance by Tampa Bay’s offense, which gained only 109 yards, including just 16 yards rushing, and scored only one field goal – its lowest scoring output of the season. So it’s no surprise that most of the impressive Buccaneers against the Packers came from the defensive side of the ball.
MOST IMPRESSIVE BUCCANEERS VS. PACKERS
WR Mike Evans
Evans came into the game with 59 catches for 948 yards and 11 touchdowns and finished with a team-high four catches for 49 yards. That gives him 63 catches for 997 yards on the season and set him up for a 1,000-yard season next week against New Orleans. Evans had a nice 22-yard catch on second-and-21 in the first half.
WR Vincent Jackson
Jackson entered the game with a team-leading 66 grabs for 931 yards and two scores and ended up with three catches for 60 yards, including a 40-yarder that helped set up Tampa Bay’s lone field goal on Sunday. Jackson now has 991 yards receiving on the season and is on pace for his third straight 1,000-yard season, which will tie a franchise record.
K Patrick Murray
Murray provided the Bucs’ only points of the game on a 43-yard field goal. Murray has now made 11 straight field goals and is now 17-of-21 (81 percent) of his field goals this season.
DE Michael Johnson
Johnson finally played aggressive football for the first time in a long while. He had a hit on Aaron Rodgers’ first pass attempt and had a first quarter sack and forced fumble, which was recovered by defensive tackle Clinton McDonald. That sack was Johnson’s fourth of the season and his second forced fumble. Unfortunately, Johnson’s play tailed off in the second half, finishing with three tackles.
SS Bradley McDougald
McDougald played reasonably well filling in for the injured Major Wright on Sunday. McDougald tied cornerback Alterraun Verner for the team lead with nine tackles and also had a pass breakup for the Buccaneers defense.
LB Lavonte David
Tampa Bay’s leading tackler had eight stops and a tackle for loss against the Pakcers on Sunday. David has 141 tackles on the year and needs just five more next week to break last year’s personal record of 145 in a season.
DT Clinton McDonald
McDonald came back from his back injury to record six tackles and recover a fumble that was forced by defensive end Michael Johnson. McDonald now has two fumble recoveries on the season to lead the Buccaneers.
CB Leonard Johnson
The team’s nickel cornerback played well against the Packers, racking up seven tackles and breaking up a fourth down pass in the end zone for a goal line stand in the second half.
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@example.com
Looking for the positives here. I’ve got no complaints. I want the Bucs to do one thing for me next week – Get Mike Evans 3 yards and V-Jax 9 yards and I’ll close the book on the season!
You’ve kept the book open far longer than the coaching staff. Props to us fans! I’ve been to more than twice as many games as they can score points. Looking forward to 2 1000-yards and one #1 pick.
There was no one impressive.
Bucs have the only “prevent offense” in the NFL. Way to go coach.
B. McDougald and L. Johnson played like crap. Every time I looked up a runner was breaking one of McDougald’s tackles. On Lacy’s long run early in the game David got smushed by an O-lineman but McDougald could have stopped Lacy for a 9 or 10 yard gain but whiffed on the tackle. That was one example of many. L. Johnson gave up a TD in embarrassing fashion to J. Nelson. He just cut right underneath him for an easy short TD.
So it’s not impressive that Gilkey came in and gave up a sack immediately? Well it at least has to be impressive that he has actually given up a sack or gotten a penalty on 80% of his snaps and they still dress him.
Honestly, how the hell can you guys go into these press conferences and not ask how gilkey is still on this team? It’s endemic of everything that has gone on with the O line this year. There is no accountability in that room. And the coaching is a joke. Cleveland fans, before the season started, laughed at us for bringing in Cousins, yet, we trusted our o line coach. What a joke that has been the entire season. Warhope and the entire offensive staff should go at a minimum. Lovie and his defense have shown strides and maybe that should allow him another year. But, it has to be a very short leash next year.
Ex-Cleveland players. Enough said. Why don’t we sign New England free agents?
We still don’t know what truely went on between Lovie, and Tedford. Did Tedford want to draft Carr last year only to be over ruled by Lovie? Did Tedford want at least have McCown,and Glennon compete for the starting job? We need to hire a rock solid O.C., let him pick his Q.B., and staff.
I say we let the QB dictate the OC, not the other way around. Our QB will be the #1 overall pick so he is going to outlast any OC if things don’t turn around offensively. If you hire a OC and let him pick whether we take Mariota, Winston, or some other QB in the draft or FA Licht and Lovie would be stuck with a QB they don’t like after the OC gets fired. Either that or Licht, Lovie, the OC and the QB will all be shown the door together. Licht and Lovie would be wise to pick the QB they want to sink or swim with. They can always change the OC again in 2016 but they can’t change the QB in 2016.
Four catches for 49 yards leads off the Most Impressive list, well that says a lot. Surfer, I hear the Carr non-pick had a lot to do with Tedford’s extended paid vacation. Also, what OC with half a brain is going to sign up with this merry band of coaching misfits?
Wait? WRs on the list? Um, not one single person on TV or radio or the dozens I talked to at the stadium was “impressed” with a single member of our offense yesterday. Sure, they did the best with the balls thrown their way, but in no way were they impressive!! They just didn’t have time to be. This list gets less impressive as the year drags on.
The defense has shown improvement. There I said something positive. Still need better edge rush if we are going to go anywhere. Secondary is just average. Offense is just a big frigging joke. Seriously I went from shocked (early season), to dissaponted (mid season), to just pissed off abd can’t stand watching this offense at end of season. If Lovie has any say about who we get for QB, O line, offensive coordinator, etc we are doomed. I really don’t want him here another year but he will be. Better get and experienced, smart, and intuitive offensive coordinator. Glazers and Licht need to be on same page.
Scenarios I’m afraid of: 1. The Bucs win their last game of the year, Ten. & NYJ lose, the Bucs slip to #4, & Mariota & Winston get drafted by Ten. & NYJ.; or 2. The Bucs work a trade with the Bears for Jake Cutler. Please please tell me neither will happen!!
Relax Warren on scenario 1, the worst that could happen is the Bucs get the 2nd pick even if the Bucs win and the Titans lose. If the Bucs lose, they will get the 1st pick no matter what happens.
Now scenario 2 could be worrisome. The Bears are offering a high draft pick for a low draft pick (by rule must get something in exchange) to move Cutler’s contract.
If the Bucs got that pick and 4 more from the Eagles for Mariota, Lovie might attempt to get Cutler to restructure and do that deal.
Licht said last night that the draft board is already set, so maybe we worry about nothing!
Wow, “the draft board is already set”…that’s astonishing…does that mean he won’t bother attending the Combine, or any of the bowl games (e.g., the Senior Bowl)…”already set”…can’t believe he said that…I hope he’s just bluffing…
my biggest nightmare right now is that NO will play spoiler with our draft and lay down so the bucs will lose the the #1 spot in the draft.
NOTE TO Lovie: make sure to let NO score first before trying to score (that’s what you did against GB and it worked!)
Have to wonder about not drafting Carr. And then Tedford disappearing. But you’d have thought they would have worked that out before Tedford signed on. Have only seen Carr a few times, but easily better than what we have on this roster.
Sorry I’m late. I think I ate a bad brat after the game and got sick. Impressive to me was the entire defense scratching and clawing to hold an outstanding offense in check until they got gassed in the 4th quarter. Yes, a few individuals might have missed a tackle on that one run by Lacy but the effort was there. Equally impressive were the Bucs fans like me who sat there surrounded by Packer fans the entire game with little to cheer about except excellent punting and the stellar goal line stand. Of course I had a few good natured little barbs for the Cheeseheads who were very respectful. Maybe they felt some sympathy.
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