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The Bucs won a game on Sunday that can only be described as a roller coaster of emotions. They defeated the Colts, 38-31, on the road following a 10-point deficit a halftime and a furious comeback in the second half.

Backed by five turnovers from the defense and the offense going 4-of-5 in the red zone, the Bucs scored late on Leonard Fournette’s fourth touchdown of the game and held on at the end, following a long kick return by the Colts to claim the win and improve their record to 8-3 on the season.

Here were the most disappointing players from a wild game.

CB Sean Murphy-Bunting

It was evident that the Colts wanted to pick on Murphy-Bunting, especially in the first half. A majority of the passes thrown by Carson Wentz were going towards his side of the field and there wasn’t much that Murphy-Bunting could do. He missed tackles, got called for a pass interference penalty that set up a score, and he was also beat deep on a 62-yard touchdown pass by Ashton Dulin. The Bucs needed Murphy-Bunting to step it up when Jamel Dean exited the game, but he didn’t. Murphy-Bunting finished with five tackles and two passes defensed in the game.

WR Chris Godwin

Surprisingly it was a quiet game for Godwin, who is normally the most consistent out of the Bucs receivers. He had a crucial fumble early on that led to the Colts’ first touchdown. He wasn’t involved much in the offense until later on and even then didn’t have as much of a stamp on the game as other players did. Godwin made four catches for 24 yards with a fumble and had one rush for three yards.

DC Todd Bowles

A lot of the blame can go on the players for underperforming, but there’s a certain part of it that falls on Bowles. Time and time again the Bucs played soft zone coverage that left Colts players wide open over the middle and down the field. There were so many instances where the Bucs would win on first down and then allow egregiously long third down conversions. It occurred multiple times on third-and-long, as well as a mind numbing third-and-15. Bowles didn’t adjust his game plan, and still gave too many snaps to players that aren’t making an impact, such as Jason Pierre-Paul.

Not only were there huge let downs on third-and-longs, but Bowles constantly drops back defensive linemen way too often in coverage. Putting Anthony Nelson in coverage directly led to a Jack Doyle touchdown, and there were other moments when Pierre-Paul and Cam Gill dropped back when it seemed unnecessary. Having your defensive lineman in coverage has not helped the Bucs get stops. Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds put it best with this tweet during the game:

 Bucs’ Missed Tackles

There were many issues with the Bucs’ defense on Sunday and tackling was another one. While they did a solid job of bottling up Jonathan Taylor, there were too many missed tackles on dump off passes and other situations. Multiple players had missed tackles and it started to directly cause the Colts to score. Take for example Dulin’s 62-yard bomb – Murphy-Bunting and Lavonte David missed tackles on first down to set up a second-and-short.

Vita Vea then missed a tackle on Taylor to give the Colts a first down instead of third-and-short. The next play was the touchdown on a play action. If either of those three missed tackles are made, you’re looking at a third down where a different play could be called instead of the Colts taking a shot on first down. The Bucs’ coaching staff has talked all season long about cleaning up the missed tackles and they’ve yet to do so this far into the schedule.

WR Mike Evans

Much like Godwin, it was a quiet game for Evans as well. He had an opportunity to make a touchdown reception in the fourth quarter to put the Bucs up potentially by 11, but it went off his hands for an incompletion. Granted, the ball was tipped on the play, but Evans is considered one of the best receivers in the NFL and should have made the catch. He had three receptions for 16 yards on the afternoon.

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chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
1 month ago

The defense did what it could with the ridiculous amount of injuries. We know what Bunting is at this point. Just like Dean, some really good moments and then the really bad ones as well. Not sure why they can’t be more consistent. I agree that dropping these dline man into coverage is just too out there for my liking. They made the plays they needed to. The Bucs decided it was going to be a run heavy game plan so the wr’s were pretty much negated. It was a Gronk, ground and pound game plan and it worked. The… Read more »

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  chefboho
1 month ago

chefboho; spot on!

Captain Sly
Captain Sly(@captain-sly)
1 month ago

I will agree with you on Bowles poor scheme but Big Mike? Sometimes your fantasy team has to lose in order for your football team to Win.

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 month ago

We have two of our starting CB’s still highly inconsistent in their 3rd years, and can’t stay healthy now and you don’t want to draft any or pay any? Lol. After playing crappy giants you were all in on our CB’s. Lol. We need more depth and Davis is only good starter. I think Scott can proceed with his CB draft preview. :)

Captain Sly
Captain Sly(@captain-sly)
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

You think a Rook can fix this quirky defense? Poor Scheme erases Great talent. Remember Tyreke Hill torching Davis for a record 200+ yds 1st half last year? Bowles adjusted and TB nearly pulled off the comeback but the scheme is broken period!

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 month ago

Yes, rookies can have impact first year. You don’t think Trevon Diggs helped Dallas this year?!!!! You are correct though it Usually takes little time. So they won’t be great first year so stick with these guys forever? These guys are in third year and still suck and too inconsistent. They also can look at bringing in another vet possibly end of season. As far as Davis being “torched” by Hill last year it was poor scheme by Bowles to expect him to cover fastest guy in NFL with no help if you want to blame someone for that. He… Read more »

Billsid
Billsid(@billsid)
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 month ago

I agree, about Bowles, and Mike couldn’t have caught that ball, he was already off the ground when the tip came and put it a bit too far for his reach to pull it in.

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
1 month ago

This hasn’t been good year for Bowels at all. They can’t get off field on third and 15? Third and 12? 3rd and 10? Crazy regardless of injuries. SMB continues to be inconsistent.

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
Reply to  fredster
1 month ago

For those who weren’t paying attention, Shaq Barrett had contain on that third and 15 and he slipped and fell down, allowing Wentz an escape route and a running lane. Barrett attoned for it in the third quarter when he strip sacked Wentz and recovered the fumble.

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

Ok so if I missed Barrett falling down I don’t pay attention? Can you ever comment without being a dick? Lol. So you explained one of the third and 10’s and longer that were so easily converted. What about the other half dozen or more. The pass rush has issues for sure. CB needs addressed in offseason too imo.

HomerSimpsonRocks
HomerSimpsonRocks(@homersimpsonrocks)
1 month ago

Just draft all DB in the first 4 rounds next year.

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
Reply to  HomerSimpsonRocks
1 month ago

It’s not so much the CB’s but the inconsistent pass rush on third down that is hurting the Bucs. It doesn;t help when you leave a one armed man in on third down. Right now I think it would be difficult for JPP to get past a girl scout selling cookies playing tackle due to his injury. It’t not JPP’s fault but a stubborn coaching staff.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

I can never get past those cookies. Love the Dosedos.

StreetzMyestro
StreetzMyestro(@streetzmyestro)
1 month ago

So Evans is supposed to still catch a ball that is tipped? Okay. I guess you needed to add someone else to the list. But from what I saw, Mike and Godwin weren’t targeted that much this game and that had to be part of the struggle. Brady has to stop being scared to throw Mike the ball. If interception prone Jameis was able to get Mike the ball in damn near every situation, I’m sure the GOAT can. He relies way too much on Gronk. And we should not be struggling against lesser CBs in any game with the… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
Reply to  StreetzMyestro
1 month ago

He wasn’t even paying attention on the Bucs third down when he was running a short crossing pattern over the middle and Brady threw him the ball and it glanced off his hands. He was surprised Brady went to him Huh, what. Shades of last weeks INT immediately flashed before my eyes. Wake up Evans and pay attention!

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

Dude, haven’t you noticed how other teams are rushing the snot out of us to rattle Brady, but yet he’s still finding openings to throw too? Really need to spend your energy looking as to how successful this team has been despite all our injuries. I’m proud of our players and coaches; they are making adjustments. Just compare the first half to the second half play; it’s your bed time, go back to sleep. Wake up with a better attitude about our team. Go Bucs!

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
Reply to  StreetzMyestro
1 month ago

Brady won the game throwing to the open Gronk and not forcing it into either receiver, unlike the moronic immature Wnston. Evans let an easy pass ricochet off his hands on the Bucs first third down because he wasn’t paying attention. I’m surprised he went back to Miller after he ran a bad route that resulted in an INT. The Bucs receivers need to sharpen their games up. I sure hope AB gets back in the lineup this week.

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1(@aredsoxfan1)
Reply to  StreetzMyestro
1 month ago

Scared to throw to Mike? Boo hoo, your poor fantasy team didn’t get many points. Brady’s never going to throw 50/50 balls to Evans when he can find someone else open. You can keep longing for the consistent fantasy days with Winston. I’d much rather have victories than awards. Brady don’t care about stats. If he can hand the ball off 50 times and steamroll the other team, he’ll be happy handing it off. The boys still have much to clean up, especially on offense. But that’s ok, the playoffs are still a long ways off. We’d rather be playing… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
1 month ago

Every week that passes I thank god and Jason Licht we have a second round draft pick sitting on the bench and picking up a fat pay check. Whatever would we have done if we had wasted that pick on a capable CB.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

Good grief!

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

drdneast; what in the world have you been watching; surely you have the wrong channel on.

Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
1 month ago

The Defense did Amazing with the turnovers and with the play class they were given. My take on the game was Wentz is a journeyman QB who is average but has been on a lot of bad teams and at least has experience with bad protection and pressure. Why in the world would you not rush 3-4 more often and blanket the coverage? Guys like Wentz will hold onto the ball longer and make bad decisions if there is nowhere obvious to go. Bowles seems intent on Blitzing almost every dow and is ok leaving the easy pass open every… Read more »

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  Spitfire
1 month ago

Wentz was a top 5 pick. Not exactly a “journeyman” just yet.

Billsid
Billsid(@billsid)
1 month ago

You failed to mention the offensive play calling. It has been terrible all this year, it’s like Leftwich is calling plays from a video game. With the talent on this offense, the generic play scheme needs to be scrapped. Play aggressive…..consistently. When they do, they succeed.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  Billsid
1 month ago

Do you realize the Bucs have the # 1 offense in the league and the # 8 defense?

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  Billsid
1 month ago

Billsid; it’s execution, and with all the Replacements, they are good enough to still win the game. Right now I’m happy at 8-3. Go Bucs!

Dman
Dman(@dman)
1 month ago

Disagree with Evans and Godwin on this list. Our offense is built on throwing to TE’s and backs. No idea why targets for Evans and Godwin are down, but that seems to be the case.

Ron Potter
Ron Potter(@finalsorbust)
Reply to  Dman
1 month ago

I don’t think our offense is built on throwing to TEs. BA’s offense never has been built that way. I think Brady and Gronk are doing that mostly on their own with a few designed plays for the TE sprinkled in. But I agree with your assessment about Evans and Godwin on this list. If there’s a complaint about the passing game in this one, I think it’s more on Leftwich… maybe some on Brady. Not sure why we never see quick slants anymore. And I don’t think the play-calling is setting up our play-action well enough. I also think… Read more »

Dman
Dman(@dman)
Reply to  Ron Potter
1 month ago

I get that BA is the vertical passing, no risk it no bisque guy. But the way our game planning and calling is going it’s become a TE and RB centric passing game.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  Dman
1 month ago

Dman; could be the thousand yard potential for Evans and Godwin might be the reason.

Dman
Dman(@dman)
Reply to  Horse
1 month ago

I would hope that’s not it Horse. I think Evans can hit 1,000 yards with just a little bit of focus in the offense. We don’t need to force it to him, just call his number. He’ll help us win.

warren
warren(@warren)
1 month ago

Far more teams LOSE the game rather than WIN the game. The Colts LOST this game, but I’ll take it. #23 continues to be the worst CB in the league.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27(@cgmaster27)
1 month ago

Not sure why in the world Bowels keeps dropping defensive ends into coverage. Yeah it worked like 2 times last year with JPP. But every other time, your guy just gets smoked for a big play. And dropping Nelson into coverage?! Why, just why?

Ron Potter
Ron Potter(@finalsorbust)
1 month ago

Good grief. You’d think we didn’t win lol

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1(@aredsoxfan1)
1 month ago

Buc fans generally can’t take any criticism of Evans but the truth is he’s just making too many mistakes the last couple weeks. The guy’s great but he needs to clean up the mental errors. The fantasy players fret about Brady, Evans and Godwin having lackluster fantasy games but I thought it was great to see the team win in a different fashion than usual. It’s much better for the team to be able to win different ways.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
1 month ago

So sad the word Disappointing meaning has changed to one mistake for Godwin; Evans playing his roll so others could be open; MB being pointed out while Winfield was helpless except for a couple times; the Defense is definitely Disappointing,They gave up 31 points! What if we had lost by one point; most would have another tone. Injuries continue to keep haunting the Defense; now that’s Disapointing!

BucLife
BucLife(@dback4life)
1 month ago

Thanks for putting Bowles on the list. I found myself screaming at the TV for his defensive calls way too often yesterday. His fire zone blitzes almost never get home and leave huge holes in coverage. Then the already mentioned soft-zone approach which showed up big on a 3rd and 6 where the CB (Desir) is 15yds deep and the WR runs a 7yd hitch. I really believe that the Bucs have a lot of talent on their Defense but Bowles’ play design is hurting them more than it is benefiting them. All the plays made yesterday were great individual… Read more »

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
1 month ago

Bowles having to line up with the collection of DB’s off the street is like me having to enter my cousin Cynthia in a beauty pageant. Of course here in Bucville, we criticize the O.C. of the # 1 offense and the D.C. of the # 8 defense because we don’t like how the relatively lofty status was achieved. Maybe it’s just me, but I haven’t forgotten the days when we were actually disappointed ……..because we LOST! If I wanted to cite players who were disappointing, I’d have to start with O.J. Howard for this past game. Fellow TE’s Gronk… Read more »

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  scubog
1 month ago

Scubog, some of our cry babies have some how forgotten about the injuries across the board. It’s time for for their diaper change because I can smell it from here. I woke up and realized at 8-3 how talented we are. This is a much improved team from last year. Go Bucs!

Ringer
Ringer(@ringer)
Reply to  scubog
1 month ago

Scubog I always look forward to your comments. Good point about the season rankings. But even with all the turnovers we got they still got 31 points! That’s a problem. You can’t count on getting that many week in and week out. I completely agree the constant ineffective blitzing and soft coverage on 3rd and long was driving me nuts. Doyle getting free releases off the LOS when everyone knew he was going to be the target….

chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
Reply to  scubog
1 month ago

I put a little mark next to the amount of snaps JTS played because he lined up inside on 23 of them. Hes quick as all get out but too light to be pushing the interior right now. That was a product of only playing Vea on 30 snaps so ill take it. JTS is doing a ton of thing like playing inside and dropping into coverage which hes never been asked to do in college. The kid will be a big bonus for us in the near fututre.

surferdudes
surferdudes(@surferdudes)
1 month ago

You missed the game within the game Matt when it comes time to Godwin. No he wasn’t catching passes, but he was blocking his ass off all game. He was a big reason Lenny rushed for a 100 yards. Watch Lenny’s game winning TD run. Godwin blocks his man into the endzone, allowing Lenny to score. Evans also was a beast blocking out there today. Both those players should be on the impressive list for their selfless play. They did some dirty work.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  surferdudes
1 month ago

Absolutely! Blocking still is part of the game.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
1 month ago

Not sure some of you didn’t realize Howard was there for blocking; with Marpet out, Smith and Jensen needed some help. What a season our OL is having. Pewter Report. how about an Article on “the unsung hero’s on the team”? The cry babies are whining so much they are missing what is going on because they are just following the camera and not noticing what else is happening. This is a Special Team Folks!

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan(@stlbucsfan)
1 month ago

Putting Bowles on this list is ridiculous. Considering the defense forces 5 turnovers. SMB got roasted by prob the 5th WR when in man coverage yet out fanbase thinks we should play more of it? Lol give me a break. Put Keith Armstrong on there and you’d hear no complaints from me. Non existent return game and almost gave up the game tying return with seconds to go.

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