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The Bucs made big plays on both sides of the ball to beat the Falcons 30-17 on Sunday. Tom Brady threw four touchdowns, Rob Gronkowski caught two of them and Chris Godwin broke a franchise record with 15 receptions in the game. Meanwhile, it was a huge day for the pass rush, as Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea each had two sacks. The defense allowed only 10 points in the entire game.

Here’s who was most disappointing from this afternoon.

Bucs Run Defense

In a very surprising outcome, the Falcons were able to run on the Bucs’ great run-stopping defense. It started from the first drive of the game, as the Bucs allowed 63 yards on the Falcons’ first scoring drive. The possession included a 39-yard rush from Cordarrelle Patterson and a 17-yard touchdown run from Mike Davis. It’s not often you see a team push the line of scrimmage against Tampa Bay, but they gave up a stunning 121 yards on the ground. To their credit, they buckled down in the second half, but it was still very uncharacteristic of them.

Bucs Third Down Defense

The Bucs found themselves in a bit of a similar situation as the Washington game, where they couldn’t get off the field on third down and allowed long drives. On three separate drives, the Falcons got 15, 11 and 11 plays, which somehow only resulted in a total of three combined points. Tampa Bay was subpar on third down, allowing Atlanta to convert 9-17 attempts. This included allowing two separate third-and-14 conversions. That just can’t happen.

K Ryan Succop

Succop didn’t have much to do in this game besides kick extra points and hit a chip shot 31-yard field goal. He missed his second extra point of the game, hitting it off of the left post. When you only have so many opportunities in the game, you have to hit them. Succop went 3-4 on extra points and was good on his only field goal attempt.

Bucs Decision-Making On Final Drive Of First Half

I don’t know whether this play is on Tom Brady, Byron Leftwich, Bruce Arians or anyone else involved with the offense. But Tom Brady’s pick-six at the end of the second quarter with 22 seconds remaining was shocking. The Bucs had more than 90 yards to go and had already failed to get a big gain on a screen on first down. There was 20-something seconds left on a moving clock. At that point, your best bet is to run the ball and go into halftime up 10.

The Bucs decided to push it though, and Brady’s attempted screen pass to Leonard Fournette was intercepted by defensive lineman Marlon Davidson for a pick-six. The idea to go for a passing play with such little time left was a poor decision, and it cost the Bucs a great deal. Whether it’s on Brady or the coaching staff, you can’t make a most disappointing list and not mention this play.

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fredster
fredster(@fredster)
1 month ago

Throwing screens backed up is dangerous and I’m not in love with Leftys play calling in that situation at all. He has tendency to call dumb plays when we are backed up imo.I also noticed Vita Vea not playing on drive where they gave up over 60 rushing yards. Was Nunez rochez and he wasn’t holding up.

Last edited 1 month ago by fredster
Captain Sly
Captain Sly(@captain-sly)
1 month ago

Okay if you are going to write this silly article have some balls to call out names especially when it’s obvious! You had no problem adding a kicker who simply missed a pat but you can’t name the quarterback who threw the pick 6. Amazing! You wonder why many of us call out your obvious “bias”.

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

I’ll trade 4 TD passes for 1 INT any day. Especially when they TD’s were the result of drives engineered by pinpoint passing. You really are the ultimate dull tool.

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

Me too Dr.D.

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1(@aredsoxfan1)
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 month ago

He did call out the QB, but he wasn’t the only one that screwed up on the play. It was a terrible pass, terrible play call and terrible decision by the HC not to kneel on the ball and go into the half up 10 points. Personally, I blame BA the most because he’s supposed to be the guy in charge. Brady and Lefty can sometimes be too caught up in the action. BA’s job is to manage the game and that was terrible game management, as bad as it gets.

Lawdy
Lawdy(@lawdy)
1 month ago

i feel like we always win when succop misses a point after attempt. so i dont know, that might be good juju

Benjamin
Benjamin(@jammin8519)
Reply to  Lawdy
1 month ago

Seriously!! I was thinking the same thing when he missed. Well that just means we will win.

Benjamin
Benjamin(@jammin8519)
1 month ago

Obviously the pick 6 was a terrible play but what did it cost the Bucs? Did they lose the lead because of it? No, did Atalnta win because of it? No, did that play ruin the Bucs offense? No. So how did the pick 6 cost the Bucs big as you say?

Last edited 1 month ago by Benjamin
Ted in Tampa
Ted in Tampa(@tedintampa)
1 month ago

When do we expect Richard Sherman will return?

Eddie
Eddie(@oct62020)
1 month ago

How about Arian’s “nobody run on us” incendiary remark motivating others to run on us? It should be on this list.

Ted in Tampa
Ted in Tampa(@tedintampa)
1 month ago

Teh Falcons took a different tactic with Vida Vae today. Most teams have been going at Vida, head-on. No success there. Vida took on head-on blocks and either stopped running backs at the Line of Scrimmage or he shoved the OLineman trying to block him head on into his own backfield. Today, the Falcons were giving Vida the first step across the Line of Scrimmage and the Falcon’s OLineman responsible for blocking Vida would hit him directly into Vida’s side setting up a lane for Falcon running backs.

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
Reply to  Ted in Tampa
1 month ago

Whatever the reason for Atlanta running the ball so well in the first half, they pretty much shut it down in the second.Atlanta scored 0 points in the second half. Not bad.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  Ted in Tampa
1 month ago

It’s Vita, not “Vida”.

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
1 month ago

Just when I tell myself Lefto is calling a good game, he goes into his big jar of stupid and calls that screen pass near our goal line. If there is one play that symbolizes my displesure with Lefto it is that one. Is everyone infected with this “I have to show everyone how clever I am.” disease.

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

Do you actually expect every play called would be the correct choice every time?

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

Just satisfying his agenda.

Roladin
Roladin(@roland1)
1 month ago

The defense allowed only 10 points in the entire game. Still half of the “Most Disappointing” list is the defense. This is whining at a pretty high level …

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
1 month ago

After a road victory against a Division opponent I have a hard time dipping into the cesspool to find a nugget about which to complain. There was little doubt that Dr.D would take this opportunity to blame the O.C. for the result of the ill-advised, lazy pass at the close of the half. OK, one play out of 70+ was certainly not executed as designed or perhaps it was a heads-up defensive play. Point is, it was but one measly play out of a 400+ yards and 30 point victorious afternoon. Poor Ryan Succop had to land on the list… Read more »

Chris Elrod
Chris Elrod(@chris-elrod)
1 month ago

You should just standardly put Antonio Brown on this list for the rest of the season! No matter his output when he is back, his selfishness and child-like behavior has hurt the team.

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