When it rains in Tampa Bay, many know that it isn’t often a light shower – it, in fact, pours.

Such is the case this Monday following the Buccaneers deflating 34-17 loss at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings​​. PewterReport.com and other Bucs fans around the web have chimed in with their post-game thoughts, but now it’s time to hear from the folks over at Pro Football Focus.

Here’s what PFF had to say about the Bucs’ performances on Sunday.

Week 3 Buccaneers Offensive Stats:

  • Concerning for the Bucs possibly, QB Jameis Winston threw three interceptions on Sunday against Minnesota, when not under pressure. Although he threw his 2 touchdowns without pressure applied, he committed all three turnovers while not under duress. One of those interceptions was on a blitz, but was cleverly picked up by the Bucs offensive line to avoid pressure.
  • Bucs QB Jameis Winston struggled between the numbers on Sunday against the Vikings – tossing all three interceptions on throws in the middle of the field. It happens to be said that the middle of the field was his most targeted area, finishing the game going 16-of-22 for 184 yards, 1 TD and those 3 INTs on passes between the numbers.
  • Bucs QB Jameis Winston had a hard time finding much rhythm when targeting WR Mike Evans, especially when covered by pro bowl CB Xavier Rhodes. On 8 targets to Evans when in Rhodes’ coverage, only 4 were hauled in for just 36 yards and a passer rating of just 55.8. Evans finished his day seeing 11 total targets for 63 yards and an interception when throwing his way for an overall 33.5 passer rating when targeted.
  • WR DeSean Jackson was targeted seven times in by Bucs QB Jameis Winston, hauling in four receptions and a touchdown on 84 yards. Despite 2 interceptions when targeting Jackson, Winston’s passer rating was still a very respectable 99.7 when throwing to Jackson.
  • LT Donovan Smith was beaten badly, and often on Sunday against the Vikings – surrendering five total QB pressures on his 45 pass block snaps. DE Everson Griffen hauled in 5 total pressures himself, with 3 hurries coming on Smith.

​​Week 3 Buccaneers Defensive Stats:

  • In an absolute dismantling, Bucs’ CBs Vernon Hargreaves & Ryan Smith each had a rough day in Minnesota. Hargreaves was targeted a team-high 10 times, allowing 7 receptions for a whopping 126 yards and 1 TD. Smith was targeted 8 times, allowing 5 receptions for 118 yards and 1 TD. Vikings QB Case Keenum saw a 145.8 passer rating when targeting EACH defender.
  • The Bucs defense combined to miss 13 total tackles on Sunday, including 2 each from LBs Lavonte David and Kendell Beckwith and DBs Ryan Smith and Chris Conte. Beckwith led the team with 9 solo tackles including 6 stops constituting a “win” for the defense, showing continued promise in his rookie season.
  • Bucs LBs Lavonte David & Kendell Beckwith once again performed well in pass coverage, even if the secondary did not. David allowed all 4 targeted passes to be caught, however only allowed 17 total yards on those catches while Beckwith only allowed 9 yards on 3 receptions. Beckwith allowed just 0.27 yards per snap in coverage – 2nd-lowest of any ILB with a targeted pass his way on Sunday.
  • Bucs nickel CB Robert McClain was targeted 2 times on 13 snaps in slot coverage. He allowed both passes to be caught but displayed a keen ability to keep WRs in front of him, limiting those catches to just 26 yards.
  • The Bucs defensive front were able to muster just 11 pressures on Vikings QB Case Keenum including 3 by LB Lavonte David and 3 from DT Gerald McCoy. Noticeably absent from the QB pressure sheet was DE William Gholston who was limited to not a single hit, hurry or sack on 20 pass-rushes. This marks the first time Gholston was unable to register a pass-rush despite 20 or more pass-rush snaps since Week 5 of last season.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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Kin Walden
Kin Walden
4 years ago

VH3 and Ryan Smith were useless in the backfield, perhaps they could be made to blitz, they are useless as cornerbacks. Would definitely like to see Koetter give up play calling duties asap–it is not working and has not worked, we have talent on offense that needs to be developed.

4 years ago

Trevor, just curious. I don’t remember Peyton Barber getting a handoff in the game. What did i miss. I thought he was Roger’s back up? Sims did his usual hesitation dancing before running straight.
Lets hope we have it all together against the Giants as we should win this game. Go Bucs!

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
4 years ago

Horse I also was scratching my head about Barber NOT getting the ball. On 3rd and 1 or 2 Sims got the ball and was stopped as usual. Against The Bears BARBER had 47 yards on 10 carries and got some first downs.
IMO he should be used MORE!