Tampa Bay got back on the winning track Sunday with their 26-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings to move to 8-5 on the season and maintain their wild card playoff hopes.

Below is our list of the most disappointing players in the win.

CB Sean Murphy-Bunting
With the recent struggles of the Bucs secondary, the hope was that Sean Murphy-Bunting would take the bye week and get back to the confident, play-maker we saw to end the 2019 season. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case on Sunday, and from the first drive to the end of the game, Murphy -Bunting had little positive impact on the game.

Besides being beaten a handful of times by Vikings’ receivers, Murphy-Bunting looked completely lost on a successful two-point attempt and failed to show much effort in getting off his block and attempt to tackle the receiver. Murphy-Bunting finished the afternoon with five tackles but no interceptions for pass breakups.

LB Devin White
Despite finishing the game second on the team with nine tackles, linebacker Devin White didn’t have his best afternoon of football and really struggled – as he has most of the season – in pass coverage. It wasn’t just in defending the pass, White also was part of a defense that allowed their first 100-yard rusher since Week 9 of last season against the Seahawks. White didn’t record a pass breakup and was also manhandled or out of position on a number of running play by the Vikings. Minnesota finished the day with 162 yards on the ground including 41 by quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Bucs Run Defense
As mentioned above, Tampa Bay surrendered their first 100-yard rusher since Week 9 of last season against the Seahawks when Chris Carson passed the century mark against the Bucs defense. The Bucs knew Vikings running back Dalvin Cook would be handful and that proved that to be the case, but not many inside the locker room thought Cook would have 110 total yards from scrimmage against the league’s top run defense. There were just too many big holes and missed tackles, things uncharacteristic from what we’ve seen from Todd Bowles’ defense over the last two seasons.

 

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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bucpimpin
6 months ago

Definitely looked like any time Minnesota needed to make a play, they went right after #45.

drdneast
6 months ago

Although not spectacular, I thought SMB put a solid day in at the office. Nether one of the Vikings WR’s got free for any long plays and were held pretty much in check. This was after I heard all week about what dangerous threats Adam Phelan and Justin Jefferson were. In short. get off SMB’s back.

76Buc
Reply to  drdneast
6 months ago

Aikman tried to put Jefferson in the HoF.

scubog
Reply to  drdneast
6 months ago

Totally agree DrD. The Vikings had less than 200 yards passing and little was heard from Jefferson and Thielen.

Pete Wood
6 months ago

I wonder what Viking is tops on their most disappointing list.

liquidmuse3
6 months ago

What’s disappointing is having to click the little “read more” just to get to the article.
But yeah, SMB isn’t a player, but the Vikings’ top 2 receivers did nothing.

EastEndBoy
6 months ago

Couldn’t agree more with White – twice on 4th and long they just sent a receiver to sit down next to White and catch the ball….same on Smith’s TD. Would some coach please take this kid aside at practice and teach him how to actually cover in pass coverage (zone and man). The contrast between White and Lavonte is small in run support, but incredibly stark in pass protection. A huge weakness that will continue be exploiting if not corrected.

Theerealdiehl
Reply to  EastEndBoy
6 months ago

Yup. We should just blitz him on passing downs lol. At least he can do that (5 sacks already this season).

thewbacca
6 months ago

I’m good with trading some run yards to not get torched in the air. Although MIN had some nice plays, Jefferson was quiet. Bucs played “bend but don’t break.”

Donkey_Hunter
6 months ago

After nearly 2 seasons, White has proven to be a huge reach at #5 overall.

PatrioticChief
6 months ago

Devin White is a liability in coverage. That’s nothing new. Back to back performances where the Bucs can’t tackle is a surprise though. Vikings don’t scheme YAC like McVay so it didn’t hurt them as much but it’s absolutely a problem that must be fixed.

seat26
6 months ago

I think the defense misses Vita Vea. We did get 6 sacks, so it wasn’t that bad,

76Buc
6 months ago

The run defense stuff is very fixable. I think our OL needs to bite more in pileups.

76bucsfan46
6 months ago

It it wasn’t for kicking issues we probably lose this game. The kicker constantly robbed the Vikes of their momentum. Let’s move on, not much to see in this win. Go Bucs lucky win boy’s.

Dave
Reply to  76bucsfan46
6 months ago

Saying, without missed kicks we probably lose this game, is a little over dramatic. They hit their 2 point conversion, so the missed extra point is moot. And out of the 3 missed FG’s, 1 was from 54( which has a low percentage chance of success in the NFL, especially outdoors). And another was from 46. Not crazy tough, but definitely not a layup. But to play your game, say they do hit the 36, and 46 yarders, and Succop hits that extra point…:that makes it a 27-20 game on the Vikings final drive. Game circumstances remain the same. They… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Dave
Buc stops here
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

The play calling on offense is a problem and it will cost them in the playoffs. It has been there all season but most refuse to see it, especially after a win. The Chiefs and the Rams call a lot of play action to get the linebackers to hesitate rushing the passer and give them an additional second to throw – between 15 and 18 times a game. The Bucs call it on average 5 or 6 times a game. Against Minnesota, called it 6 times and Brady completed 4, for 57 yards and a TD. Both the Chiefs and… Read more »

scubog
6 months ago

Disappointing? So, I pull into the parking lot of a game for which only season pass members have an opportunity to purchase a very limited number of tickets and lo and behold I see Vikings colors all over the place. Funny thing was, their cars all had Florida plates and it was obvious that they were very familiar with the stadium and had nice Florida tans. Why? because they live here! What was really hysterical was seeing them cover those Vikings shirts with the free Publix tee shirt given away at the game. Couldn’t do much to hide those horns… Read more »

Theerealdiehl
6 months ago

If we look at Dalvin Cook’s performance from a fantasy perspective, only 3 other teams this season held him to less points – IND, Chi, and Carolina. The Vikings offense over the past 6 games has been a machine and our defense held up when it mattered most. I suspect our offense would’ve put up even more points if the Vikings didn’t control the ball for so long. A win is a win Bucs fans! Enjoy your victory Monday.

surferdudes
6 months ago

White needs to do less horse riding this off season, and really make an effort to hone his coverage skills. Enlist the help of some of the greats like Lewis, Kuechley, Brooks would watch all the film you want with him. White will never be better then average until he learns to be a force in pass coverage. No picks at all from your MLB 13 games in is not good enough.

twspin
6 months ago

I’m not gonna be to critical of our run defense. The Vikes running game is one of if not the best in the NFL. Cook is a beast. He was carrying defenders as he plunged forward yesterday. I am still critical of our secondary though.On some Sundays, The football Gods are on your side. It was our turn on Sunday. Just Run the table Bucs. And let’s see what kind of momentum we can ride into the playoffs with. We gotta start faster too.

RW
RW
Reply to  twspin
6 months ago

Actually the Vikes are #6 in the NFL in rushing so they are good not great. The problem with the game was that the front 7 seemed to concentrate on rushing the QB and looking for sacks. But they forgot to cover the running lanes which allowed not only Cook to get yards but Cousins as well. ( 5 scrambles for 41 yards) That strategy worked out OK because they won the game but won’t against better teams with good Olines like the Saints and Rams that can handle the pressure.

Brian
6 months ago

Remember that time we passed on Dalvin Cook to draft a tight end? Good times…

Ted in Tampa
6 months ago

#76, left OLine tackle Donovan Smith gets into his stance, the ball is hiked, and if D. Smith hasn’t jumped offsides, he just stands up and tries to catch his defense assignment with his arms. His feet don’t move and he quits two seconds after the snap. Watch him stand there tugging on his jersey as he watches offense plays run around him. Know why we can’t run to our left. D. Smith stands up after the snap while the for Bucs OLinemen to his right are drive forward. Six seasons of this crap because “…we don’t have anyone to… Read more »

CableDog99
6 months ago

White clearly had issues seeing on the field, one play that guy was looking around as if he was lost or was looking for something he may have dropped.

CableDog99
6 months ago

Did anyone else besides myself see that stupid decision by White on one play to push the Vikings wide reciever forward towards our end zone instead of tackling the guy? Had the reciever kept his balance that could have resulted in a touchdown!

CableDog99
6 months ago

Everyone is on Bruce Arians tail end about our vanilla offense and our dysfunctional powerhouse defense, well I blame the General Manager first off for not lighting a fire under Leftwich and Bowels rearends for not addressing the repeated problems plaguing the offense and defense by now especially after coming off a bye week. But the biggest issue with the Buccaneers comes from the Glazier family trying to be social justice warriors an not focusing on being winners. Ever since they made the decision to make Mike Evans the greatest wide receiver in Buc history but not a actual football… Read more »