Week 11 Buccaneers Offensive Stats:

  •  Fitzmagic struck again – orchestrating a game-winning drive for the Bucs in the waning stages against Miami, as he was solid all over the field in relief of Jameis Winston. Fitzpatrick was kept clean on 29 of his 40 dropback attempts and completed 19-of-28 passes for 208 yards and both of his touchdowns. He may have seen just a 33.3 percent completion rate when under pressure (3-of-9) but he didn’t make a big enough mistake to put the Bucs in a hole (thank you to the non-safety call) as he kept the ball out of Miami defender’s hands with 0 interceptions under pressure.
  • Fitzpatrick saw great success putting the ball in the air, completing all four of his attempted deep passes (20+ yards) for 99 yards. He was also extremely sharp throwing the ball both down the middle of the field and to the intermediate (10-19 yard ranges). In between the numbers, Fitzpatrick completed 14-of-19 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown, while at the intermediate range he connected on 8-of-16 passes for 119 yards and one of his touchdowns.
  • The Bucs were unable to muster much of a running game once again, and thus were not able to run out as much clock as they would have wanted to with a big lead late in the game. RB Doug Martin carried the ball 19 times but only gained 38 yards – 37 of which he gained AFTER first contact. In total, the Bucs gained 53 yards on the ground and had 45 yards after contact on the day, showing just how often they were hit in the backfield.
  • Mike Evans was targeted by Fitzpatrick 10 times in this one, marking the third time in four games that he has seen 10 targets. He brought down all five of which that were considered catchable, however accumulated just 6 yards after the catch showing little to no separation after bringing down his passes.
  • While Ali Marpet may have struggled on run blocks against Miami, he was the only Bucs offensive lineman to keep a clean sheet in pass protection on the team’s 44 pass plays. However, the real concerning factor for Bucs fans has to be the fact that on carries to either hole to Marpet’s sides, Bucs runners were forced to do much of the work, totaling four carries for 21 yards, 20 of which came after contact, showing how ineffective Marpet was at opening holes.

​​Week 11 Buccaneers Defensive Stats: 

  • Gerald McCoy continues to dominate this season, registering six QB pressures and grading extremely well on both pass-rushing snaps, and against the run. His four stops in run defense were a team-high and he did so on only 16 run defense snaps.
  • Quiet, but stable, Robert Ayers has continued his strong season as well – bringing down another three QB pressures against Miami. Ayers also accumulated a stop in run defense and has now logged 47, 48 and 43 snaps over the past three games, without missing a single tackle in 10 total attempts.
  • LB Kwon Alexander rushed the passer just six times, but caused two hurries while also finishing second on the team with his four stops for a ‘win’ for the defense. Alexander also was great in coverage, despite what the box score might show. He was targeted 5 times, allowing four receptions but aside from a long one from Damien Williams, kept speedy Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry in check on the afternoon, even intercepting a pass targeted for Landry.
  • Rookie safety Justin Evans may have had the splash play with his interception, but had a lackluster performance on the whole against Miami. He missed three tackles in his eight tackle attempts and also allowed the long TD to Landry. On the night he was targeted 4 times, allowing 2 receptions for 75 yards with a TD and an INT for a 95.8 passer rating when targeted.
  • Without the services of Vernon Hargreaves, the Bucs secondary was limped through to the victory. Outside of the box score, headline-grabbing three interceptions, the Bucs as a unit allowed for 365 yards and almost blew a 13-point lead in the second half. Brent Grimes was targeted 5 times and allowed 3 receptions while Robert McClain was targeted 7 times and allowed 6 receptions for 95 yards.

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3 years ago

I thought Justin Evans played decent; despite a couple errors. The guy I saw screwing up and out of place many times was Rondo McClain No 36. Overall the Defense played their hearts out in the first half and at the end of the game. Mike Smith had the defense DB’s play soft in most of the 2nd half which allowed Moore to make our passing zone looked unmanned. I definitely see Koetter all focused on the offense and not paying much attention on the defense. He definitely needs to pass the play caling on to his OC so he… Read more »

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Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

I can’t fault Evans for the second half coverage woes as the Bucs Dcordinator played them in soft coverages and the Dolphins started to dial up beaters because Moore is known to push the ball downfield. Also, Fitz was running for his life back there on most of his drop backs so “kept clean on 29 of 40 drop back attempts” is incredibly misleading. I am glad later in the article it mentions only Marpet with a clean grade in pass pro, because this was a game where the Bucs vaunted “pass pro” looked almost as bad as the run… Read more »

3 years ago

Trevor, this game was fools gold. We already seen what happened when we drank the kool-aid in the off season. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. I’m not sold on a weak ball club taking advantage of much weaker one. Play calling is still garbage & so is Donovan Smith playing left tackle. There is so much wrong with this team, that a meaninglessness win over a much weaker opponent cannot mask.

3 years ago

Horse, that was a pretty good analysis.
I agree with you about Evans. Not only that, but Landry didn’t make the long TD catch against him, it was the Dolphins fastest receiver. Why we continue to leave our safeties hung out to dry against our opponents fastest receivers still mystifies me.
What kind of defensive scheme is that.
You could tell the Dolphins were specifically going after McClain and Ryan Smith through the whole game.

3 years ago

The third down pass defense was non-existent in the second half. If Moore had started this would have been a butt-kicking by the Fins.

Reply to  Naplesfan
3 years ago

Ridiculous. That’s like saying if Fitzpatrick had started the Arizona game, we would have won the game. Give credit where credit is due. The Buccaneers had a good game plan. Yes, they played soft in the second half and Miami’s defense played much better. If it had been a more competitive game all along, it is hard to say how the Buccaneers would have played it defensively. When they had to drive the ball down the field and mil;k the clock they did it. That’s clutch. How about a little credit to the players who came through when they had… Read more »

Reply to  buddah
3 years ago

It’s certainly NOT ridiculous.

What changed between the first half and the second half?

That’s an easy one: the Fin’s horrible starting quarterback was pulled, for doing what he does, which is to play horribly, leading the most ineffective offense in the league, and replaced him in the second half with a backup who is known to play well, including past performances against the Buds.

Our defensive personnel were identical in both halves. Our defensive coaches were identical in both halves.

It’s extremely obvious that if Moore had started the Bucs would have been easily defeated.