Buccaneers Lose to Saints Bringing Record to 2-3
In a Sunday disappointment, Teddy Bridgewater and the New Orleans Saints beat the Buccaneers 31-24. This was a complete team loss as the secondary could not cover anybody on the Saints, nobody got pressure on Bridgewater, and the Offensive Line couldn’t block the Saints Defensive Line.
The Buccaneers Offense was getting dominated all day by the Saints front 7. WR Mike Evans had 3 targets and 0 catches. WR Chris Godwin continued to have a great season with 7 catches for 125 yards and 2 TDs. RB Peyton Barber rushed 8 times for 32 yards and 1 TD. QB Jameis Winston went 15-27 for 204 yards, 2 TDs, and 0 INTs. Winston had to run for his life the whole game as it seemed every time he received a snap he had pressure in his face.
The Buccaneers Defense did not show up at all. The Defense let Teddy Bridgewater go 26-34 for 314 yards, 4 TDs, and 1 INT. WR Mike Thomas was the better Mike in this game as he caught 11 passes for 182 yards and 2 TDs. Alvin Kamara ran 16 times for 62 yards and the Saints as a whole ran for 112 yards. The Buccaneers secondary was nonexistent as Vernon Hargreaves III was targeted often and beat almost every throw. CB Carlton Davis III was ejected after making a big hit. CB Sean Murphy-Bunting caught an INT off of Bridgewater for the first of his career. S Jordan Whitehead had an opportunity for an INT but dropped it and had 7 tackles on the day. LB Devin White was activated but did not show up on the stat sheet.
The Saints front 7 would not allow the Buccaneers to get anything going in the passing game. RT Demar Dotson continued to get blown up and bulrushed straight into Winston. Dotson’s replacement Josh Wells did the same thing. Cameron Jordan, Sheldon Rankins, Marcus Davenport, Carl Granderson, and Marcus Lattimore were the key to the Saints victory.
The Buccaneers head to London next week to host the Panthers at 9:30 AM Eastern. Another divisional matchup for the Bucs.
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