Week 14 Buccaneers Offensive Stats: 

  • Despite the disappointing finish, center Evan Smith had himself a great afternoon in pass protection, as he did not allow a single QB pressure on his 44 pass blocking snaps. He and RG J.R. Sweezy each combined for 88 pass blocking snaps and did not allow a QB pressure.
  • Jameis Winston may have turned it on in the fourth quarter to make the game interesting, but he struggled in this game. Winston really had a tough time forcing the ball downfield, as on throws targeted at least 10 yards past the line of scrimmage, he fielded a 44.3 passer rating, completing just 9-of-17 passes for 154 yards and two interceptions.
  • Another concerning factor from Winston’s game was his performance when not under duress as he completed 23-of-32 passes when kept clean, but also threw both of his interceptions and nearly his costly third pick. He finished with a passer rating of 81.1 when kept clean, as he was well protected on 33 of his 42 dropbacks.
  • New face at RB for the Bucs? Peyton Barber toted the ball a team-high 12 times, gained a team-high 58 yards and gained 42 yards after contact for Tampa on Sunday. He did not forced a missed tackles but was difficult to bring down in the open field regardless. He was very efficient running to the left side of the offensive line, gaining 51 of his 58 yards when running to any gap, left of the center.
  • Evans down, Godwin up. Mike Evans and Jameis Winston struggled to get things going offensively as Winston saw just a 7.6 passer rating when targeted him. He saw 6 targets, hauled in 2 of them for just 25 yards and one of Winston’s interceptions was intended for Evans. Godwin on the other hand, saw 6 targets, hauled in 5 of them for 67 yards and yielded a 113.2 passer rating on throws to the rookie.

​​Week 14 Buccaneers Defensive Stats: 

  • On a disappointing afternoon, defensive end Robert Ayers really stood out among the rest. He accumulated six total QB pressures on his 41 pass-rushing snaps, including 3 QB hits and 3 QB hurries. He also added two stops in run defense, giving him the highest graded performance for the Bucs on the day.
  • LB Devante Bond also had a great day rushing the passer, bringing in three hurries on just 17 snaps in which he rushed Matthew Stafford. His only other tackle on the afternoon came on his only snap against the run, perhaps pushing for more playing time.
  • Per usual, LB Lavonte David was all over the field, racking up 12 total tackles and a team-high five defensive stops. Despite a high volume of targets in the Lions short passing attack, and outside of his long reception of 27 yards given up to Theo Riddick, David was solid in coverage and allowed less than 7.0 yards per reception without that Riddick reception.
  • Veteran CB Brent Grimes put forth a solid effort against the Lions, as he was targeted five times and allowed just three receptions for 25 yards. He intercepted a pass and saw just a 41.7 passer rating on throws into his coverage.
  • The aforementioned short passing attack of the Lions was extremely evident, and Stafford worked the Bucs over pretty well on passes targeted behind & 0-9 yards past the line of scrimmage. On such throws, the Bucs allowed Stafford to complete 33-of-37 passes for 308 yards and 2 touchdowns, without an interception.

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Randy H.
Randy H.
4 years ago

Easy way to beat the Bucs’—throw all short passes. I’m actually surprised that there were four incompletions. When the corners play 5-10 yards of of the LOS, it’s not hard to do that. A missed tackle here and there and bam!! How that hasn’t been corrected all year is mesmerizing.

Still trying to figure out which year was the fluke, last year or this year?

Horse
Horse
4 years ago

Winston has regressed a little, but I believe he either still has issues with his shoulder or it’s in his head now. He seems a bit ackward when he drops back or moves around the pocket, not as fluid as he was in the past. His arm strength looks a little compromised since his shoulder injury. Just my observations? Trevor, got any insight about his shoulder at all; could it still be an issue?

4girls
4girls
4 years ago

I’m wondering a few things about Jameis. *Is the Uber mess causing problems with Jameis’s mental game? *Is the shoulder bothering him mentally? *Is having more weapons (Desean, OJ, etc) putting pressure on him he can’t handle yet *Is he limited by Koetter’s offense? *Throughout his career, Jameis seems to have a hard time handling expectations. Last November(?), he bristled in an interview and claimed he was “a winner” and the Bucs won 5 straight games. When he was a Freshman, he won the Heisman and a championship. The next year, not nearly as effective. This year, expectations were high.… Read more »

Mike.Seven
Mike.Seven
4 years ago

NFL.com Stats Jamies is at 89.6 below 90 again, in three years his average is 86 %, Not sure Bucs can bring a top level coach in and make coach base his future on Winston, Also #3 has an off-field issue that will be dealt with during offseason, if any suspension happens it will be the beginning of next season. There is talk Gruden and Eli Manning both want warm cities in next team destination Bucs should look at for both and a nice 3rd pick.

JustaBuc
JustaBuc
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

I mean ok, you don’t like Winston but I have to just lol at the idea that Eli Manning is going to come in and be the answer.

Mike.Seven
Mike.Seven
Reply to  JustaBuc
4 years ago

I remember when the Bronco fans and media LOL! When 36-year-old Payton Manning signed with Denver.

JustaBuc
JustaBuc
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

Now we’re comparing Eli to Payton, please…

Mike.Seven
Mike.Seven
4 years ago

They are in a pickle at QB, next year rookie contract is over time to shell out big money for number 3, Glazers are not known for throwing big money at questionable situations. They are not going to pay big money to QB that is rated in the eighties along with fact bonehead plays happen every game with turnovers, throw an off-field distraction in the mix and the new coach is going to question if he wants his future based on #3. In college, Winston was able to control the outcome of games, since in NFL the game has outmanoeuvred… Read more »

Jlog
Jlog
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

He’s not going to get big dollars anywhere and certainly not going to be in demand, so if the Bucs chose to stick with him he will come fairly cheap. Had he only shown meaningful progression that wouldn’t be the case.

dbucfan
dbucfan
4 years ago

Seems to be another year where Buccaneer fans are kidding themselves as to the quality of the home town team. CRAP