The Buccaneers were lifeless through the first three quarters as the Vikings pulled ahead to a 10-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter. But Tampa Bay came to life and took a 13-0 lead late in the fourth quarter before surrendering a game-tying field goal to Minnesota, which won the game in overtime with a defensive touchdown, 19-13.
The impressive players were few and far between for Tampa Bay, which falls to a dismal 1-6 on the season.
MOST IMPRESSIVE BUCCANEERS VS. VIKINGS
LB Lavonte David
David gave a fiery pre-game speech on the field to the Buccaneers and came out playing like a man possessed. He led all tacklers with 14 stops (nine solo), including three tackles for loss, which matched his career high. Yet his effort wasn’t enough for Tampa Bay’s victory.
WR Mike Evans
The rookie wide receiver had his best game in the NFL from a production standpoint, catching four passes for 78 yards (19.5 avg.) including a 40-yard reception, which is a career-long. On a day in which Vincent Jackson was held to just one catch for 13 yards, Evans stepped up and carried the day for Tampa Bay’s receiving corps.
K Patrick Murray
Murray made a 54-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to cut Minnesota’s lead to 10-3. It was the third field goal from 50 yards or more this season. Later in the fourth, he nailed a 45-yarder to reduce the Vikings’ lead to 10-6. Murray is now 7-of-9 (77.8 percent) with his field goals on the season.
DT Gerald McCoy
After signing a seven-year, $98-million contract extension on Saturday, McCoy came up with a big sack along with nose tackle Clinton McDonald on third-and-four in the second quarter. McCoy, who is still slowed by a broken hand, finished the game with two tackles and a couple of quarterback pressures.
DE Jacquies Smith
Smith clearly outplayed high-priced and underachieving Michael Johnson in third down pass-rush situations. Smith had two quarterback pressures and then came up with a batted pass on third down to set up a Vikings punt.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
This was a pathetic game. We are so bad on both sides of the ball. I just hope we can bring in some talent soon.
Great list SR, I agree on all players mentioned. Seat26, the defense played more than well enough for us to win the game. As fans we can’t be so negative as to kill the morale of the players that actually play well in a game. Otherwise they’ll give up and be like, “What’s the point”.
I too thought the Defense played good enough to win. I am for trading some players for draft picks at this point. When you play not to lose; you usually lose. I have so lowered my expectations. I think maybe 1-2 games more we might win.
the defense could NOT make a stop when it mattered…that’s NOT good enougn…make one freakin stop and game over…cant do it.
Not fair to bring up McCoy’s injury and not Johnson’s. He’s just as compromised by the ankle injury he got on the 2nd play of the season, and will be for the rest of the year.
I like Mike Glennon but the Vikings gave up 72% completion percentage to Kyle Orton last week in a loss. Glennon’s protection wasn’t great today, but he has got to take some more risks. The Bucs didn’t even try to exploit the middle for the most part. If I am Glennon I am playing balls out the rest of the season, screw worrying about throwing INTs. The first three quarters was the Glennon we saw in OTAs and the first part of camp, and really in the preseason games. THAT is why we were raving about McCown so much. He was taking a lot more down field shots, working the seams and such. Glennon looks to be playing to not screw up. Personally I am sick and tired of this, “protect the ball” mentality. This is the freaking NFL!! Sling the damn ball. Ok over my Garv-esque style rant lol.
Mark, what makes you think glennon is instructed to do otherwiese? also they didn’t call those plays in the middle until late in the game. I have to disagree with you on this you. McCown can’t handle the pressure. My goodness we all saw it from the get go of regular season. I would get off the McCown bandwagon as he sucks; that’s why he is who he is; a back up for many years.
Did the Bucs even attempt a single screen pass? And the only quick slant I saw, other than to RB’s, was dropped by Evans.
Yeah, Glennon threw one to Martin when we were near our endzone. A defender blew through screen and tackled Martin almost immediately. I feel like there was at least one more but I’m not sure.
I think he also threw one to Rainey that went for good yardage but was called back when they caught Garrett “sticky fingers” Gilkey holding.
Mariotta will be our qb nect yr nuff said at this point
I agree about the players mentioned but obviously THAT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Coming off that blowout against the Ravens and a bye week, THAT’S what we get against a 2-5 team at HOME? Please, MEDIA, hold St. Lovie accountable for this MESS!!! Tell him how we feel about this EMBARRASSMENT!
To blame the defense that gave up a measly 13 points when the offense was 1 of 12 in 3rd down conversions is ludicrous. Yes, Banks could have sealed the win in spite of the offensive shortcomings; but let’s point the “flying fickle finger of fate” where it belongs.
I thought our punting was OK so we could add Koenen to this list.
Scu’s right, this is the NFL, it’s set up to score points. 1-13 on third down, scoreless through three quarters? Mark would like to see Glennon throw caution to the wind, but first the O.C. has to let him throw. Mike made a nice pass completion, then Arroyo calls another run for no gain. That’s high school football, how bout this wild idea. Throw it twice in a row. Heck, three, four times in a row!! How can a Q.B. get in a groove when he’s only allowed to throw once in a series, and only when it’s second, or third in long? That completion I mentioned was a good gain where the defense had to do some running. So instead of lining up quick and making them run again with another pass play, we let them catch their breath by huddling, then running up the middle for no gain. At this point we can’t do worse relieving Arroyo from calling plays.
surferdudes; that’s my point exactly. Glennon is playing to the plays he is given to call. It’s not all on his dime. He’s limited to the plays he can use because the OL is bad. Again I know glennon is average at best, but we have so many other needs where the starter is not close to average. OLT, Center, terrible, ORG below average.
I like Mike. I’m very happy with the McCoy deal. I know it sounds stupid, but I think Gennon is the perfect QB to give your OLine reps. He doesn’t move around at all, you just protect the spot where the towel is–it’s a padded practice. As many fails as the Bucs have in FA, McDonald is high caliber. The Nasty people are asking for. Set at DT, lost at DE. ASJ & Simms have the tools. Can’t think of much else positive to say…NFC South blows this year, so it’s kind of a race of tortoises.
Didn’t see the game, only got the PR tweets for coverage. So thanks, I feel as if I watched the game because of them. Starting to think that the act of getting experienced players in FA was a horrible way to make a team. All the guys on the most impressive list are pretty committed to TB. Players like Dietrich-Smith, McDonald, and such came here more for the money than anything else. You can’t just make the Dream Team in the NFL. Last year’s Seattle team was mostly players proving themselves as legitimate, fighting. The guys LiLo got in FA did not only get a call from TB I’m sure. They know they have options and that they do not need to be great to get their paycheck. Also, from what you said this team gave the ball to Doug way too much. Just drop him at this point, if you can’t get a draft pick for him. Muscle Hamster is not functioning in TB as he should be. This was probably the most important game for the Bucs in the last few years and they fumbled the opportunity to succeed away… literally.
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