Buccaneers Have To Limit Penalties
On Sunday, the Buccaneers committed eight penalties resulting in 87 yards against the team. A lot of these penalties set the team back in the wrong direction and killed momentum or gave the 49ers momentum. In the second quarter, Demar Dotson was penalized twice for holding on two Buccaneer touchdowns. These penalties resulted in twenty yards lost inside of the red zone and OJ Howard proceeded to fumble resulting in zero points for the Buccaneers.
CB Carlton Davis III was flagged a few times as well on defense for holding and pass interference. The defensive holding penalty came on the same drive as Vernon Hargreaves III getting flagged for defensive pass interference resulting in nine yards for the 49ers. On this drive, the 49ers kicked a FG. On the first drive of the second half for San Francisco, Carlton Davis III was flagged for pass interference resulting in 23 yards for the 49ers and they eventually scored a touchdown two plays later.
The Buccaneers Offense was inside of the red zone when QB Jameis Winston was hit for intentional grounding for throwing a pass outside of the end zone. This play was very debatable as Cameron Brate was in the area and Winston seemed to be out of the tackle box. The team went for it on fourth down and two from the two and proceeded to get no points out of it.
Late in the game, S Darian Stewart was hit with a 15 yard penalty for lowering the head to initiate contact. Robbie Gould kicked another FG due to a penalty gifting the 49ers more yards. The Bucs were in position down six to go down and score but we all know what the end result was. Penalties killed momentum for the team and it has to be cleaned up fast as the Bucs play Carolina on Thursday.
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