Week 11 Rams at Buccaneers: Good, Bad, and The Ugly
Your Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to the Los Angeles Rams 27-24 last night to bring their record to 7-4 on the season. The game felt like it dragged forever due to the team starting slow and getting down on the scoreboard early. Below are the good, the bad, and the ugly from last night.
WR Chris Godwin- Chris Godwin was one of the best players on the field for the Buccaneers last night. Godwin had seven receptions for 53 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown tied the game at 24 with a little under four minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
LB Jason Pierre-Paul- Jason Pierre-Paul has been the best player on the Buccaneer defense the last few weeks. Pierre-Paul was getting in the backfield and while not recording a sack, he was making Goff release the ball. Pierre-Paul recorded his second interception of the season and had six total tackles and two pass deflections.
S Jordan Whitehead- Jordan Whitehead had seven tackles on the night and a key interception in the fourth quarter which led to Chris Godwin’s touchdown.
RB Ronald Jones II- Ronald Jones II was coming off of the best game of his career with 23 rushes for 192 yards. Jones II rushed ten times for 24 yards against the Rams. While it mostly wasn’t his fault as the team only ran the ball 18 times, Jones II looked out of sync including dropping passes out of the backfield once again.
RB Leonard Fournette- Leonard Fournette was brought in to compliment Jones II and he did the total opposite of that in this game. Fournette ran the ball seven times for 17 yards and dropped three passes out of the backfield. The Buccaneer backfield has not been helping QB Tom Brady when he throws to them out of the shotgun but the coaching staff still seems to have faith in throwing to the running backs.
QB Tom Brady- Tom Brady went 26/48 for 216 yards and two touchdowns. Brady also threw two touchdowns including a game losing interception with under two minutes left in the game. In the last four weeks on deep passes, Brady is 0/19 with zero touchdowns and three interceptions. Brady was brought in to relieve the Buccaneers of a turnover prone quarterback in Jameis Winston and he is making the same mistakes that the previous quarterback did and he has 15 more years and six more Super Bowls. Brady is expected to play smart football and last night he played anything but smart.
LT Donovan Smith- Donovan Smith went down early in the game with an ankle injury but returned on the following drive. Smith was giving up pressure left and right like a revolving door and it contributed to Brady having a bad game. With LG Ali Marpet out due to a concussion, Donovan Smith couldn’t hold down his part with Ryan Jensen by his side. Aaron Donald did not show up on the stat sheet so that was the only positive. Donovan Smith was holding Donald in the end zone but the referees missed it and the Rams defense got pressure and appeared to fumble but it was ruled incomplete. Smith needs to pick up his game and protect Brady or he will not be on this roster next year as his contract is not guaranteed.
Buccaneers Defense- The Buccaneers defense made some plays in the second half but they didn’t look good from the start. Jared Goff was never on the ground once and he went 39/51 for 376 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Goff had all day to throw and seemed to thrive when he was getting outside of the pocket. The Buccaneers defense needs to figure out a plan where they play to their strengths and not whatever we saw last night.
Featured Image Credit: Mark LoMoglio- Associated Press