The result: Another prolific offensive performance, and another Buccaneers loss.
The result: Another prolific offensive performance, and another Buccaneers loss.in Sprachpolitik 06.03.2019 07:53
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ARLINGTON Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hats , Texas (AP) — The big plays were there for Tampa Bay and its top-five offense on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. So were plenty of penalty flags and fumbles.The Cowboys (9-6) clinched the NFC East with a 27-20 win over Tampa Bay, capitalizing on two critical Buccaneers turnovers and 85 yards rushing from Ezekiel Elliott. Dak Prescott completed 20-of-25 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for another score. Anytime the Buccaneers (5-10) seemed to generate momentum, they were derailed by a flag or turnover.The costliest play came late in the first quarter, when Jameis Winston escaped pressure only to be caught from behind and strip-sacked by Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory. Dallas linebacker Jaylon Smith scooped up the ball and returned it 69 yards for a touchdown.It was Winston's first fumble since returning to the starting lineup in Week 12 against San Francisco."Yeah, that just can't happen," Winston said. "That's the bottom line. It can't happen."A series in the third quarter epitomized the Buccaneers' day. A 33-yard run by Peyton Barber was nullified because of a holding penalty on tight end Antony Auclair. On the next play, a botched handoff from Winston to wide receiver Bobo Wilson was recovered by Gregory at the Tampa Bay 4.The Cowboys scored two plays later to take a 27-13 lead."Two huge plays in that game really swung it," Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter said. "We're moving it, going in to possibly score, then fumble and they take it all the way back. And then we fumbled on the handoff (to Wilson), and they get the ball on the goal line. That's a 14- to 17-point swing right there."Turnovers were only part of the story. Tampa Bay also committed nine penalties for 72 yards Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hoodie , many of them at crucial moments.On the opening possession, wideout Mike Evans beat Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones deep down the left sideline for a 38-yard completion, putting the Bucs in scoring position. But one play later, center Caleb Benenoch was flagged for holding, and Tampa Bay had to settle for Cairo Santos‘ field goal.On the Cowboys' subsequent drive, defensive tackle Vita Vea sacked Prescott for a 10-yard loss but was flagged for a facemask, setting up first down from the 7. Prescott rushed for a touchdown on the next play."We moved the ball consistently all day, and penalties put us in a bind sometimes," Koetter said. "We overcame some of them. It's frustrating to move the ball like that and not get touchdowns. Against good teams, that's what you're supposed to do."Winston hobbled a Bucs first-half drive on a rare block-in-the-back call against the quarterback. And in the 4th quarter, facing a 4th-and-1 from the Dallas 2, Winston lost track of time and Tampa Bay was flagged for delay of game."I thought we were going to get the ball snapped," Koetter said. "We didn't do a good job there."Winston scrambled for 5 yards on the next play Cheap Customized Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys , stretching just short of the first down and turning the ball back over to Dallas."I don't know what happened with the clock," Winston said. "I just have to call it faster and get the ball out. I've got to do a better job with operations."Winston finished 34 of 48 for 336 yards and a touchdown, surpassing Ryan Fitzpatrick in the first half for passing yards for the season. Tampa Bay gained just 63 yards on 24 carries. The team's longest run went for just 8 yards. The NFL is changing.It’s about high scoring, high octane offenses. The game has evolved to benefit the passing attack. It’s not about stopping your opponent, it’s about simply outscoring them.Until it’s not.The Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs were under the bright lights of Monday Night Football in week eleven, where the Rams won 54-51. All we heard after that was “this is the new NFL.” That the NFL was now a game where defense was irrelevant and it was about points, points, and more points. It was about quarterbacks and receviers gaining yards at a record clip. The running back position was being replaced by platoons and teams that drafted running backs in the top ten were criticized because they’re “a dime a dozen” and “you can always find those guys in the later rounds.”Funny. The more things change, the more they stay the same.Offense wins games, sells tickets, sells jerseys, has catapulted fantasy football into a multi-billion dollar industry that those have been playing for any length of time never would have imagined. Defense, however http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-ali-marpet-jersey , wins championships.A 13-3 victory for the New England Patriots - their largest margin of victory in their sixth championship despite it being the lowest scoring Super Bowl history - happened on the back of a defense that stifled one of the league’s most prolific offenses as well as their dedication to the run game.Was it an outlier? Was it an anomoly? No, not really.Super Bowl LII featured the Eagles and Patriots who had the fourth and fifth ranked scoring defenses. Super Bowl LI featured the Patriots and Falcons who had the first and twenty-seventh ranked scoring defenses (no surprise the twenty-seventh ranked defense blew a 28-3 lead, right?). Super Bowl L featured the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers which had the fourth and sixth ranked scoring defenses. Super Bowl XLIX? The Patriots and Seahawks, The first and eighth ranked scoring defenses.See a pattern here? Including Super Bowl LIII, the past five Super Bowls have featured just two teams - the Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams - who had defenses ranked outside of the top ten. Those two teams? Well, they both lost. In fact, the team in the last five years with the higher ranked scoring defense, not offense, but higher ranked scoring defense has gone on to win the Lombardi.In fact, the only team of those past five Super Bowls to win the Lombardi when averaging more points per game than their opponent was the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Even then, they don’t win if Russell Wilson hands the ball to Marshawn Lynch at the two yard line rather than throwing the ball and getting picked off by Malcom Butler.That brings me to my next point - running the ball. Both the Rams and the Patriots finished in the top five in the NFL in rushing in 2018. One team rode that to victory throughout the postseason with rookie Sony Michel. The Rams? Well, despite having the best running back in the NFL, they got away from the run game after defeating the Cowboys and their offense never found its rhythm again.Of those Super Bowls that I mentioned White Demar Dotson Jersey , only two teams made it to the big game when finishing outside the top ten in rushing - the Denver Broncos (SB L) and the Patriots (SB XLIX).The more things change, the more they stay the same.It’s great that the Buccaneers have been putting up offense numbers at a record clip. Some pointed to that as a reason to keep Dirk Koetter following the season. At the end of the day, the Buccaneers failed in two vital categories - rushing, where they ranked twenty-ninth in 2018 and scoring defense, where they finished thirty-first only beating out Oakland by .2 points per game.These are the glaring issues. You can point the finger at Jameis Winston all you want, but he does enough to make the team competitive. The Bucs put up plenty of points over the past three seasons, but only once were they in contention for a postseason berth. That was 2016 when they finished 9-7 and had the fifteenth ranked scoring defense.Imagine that - they had a defense that was still allowing 23.1 points per game, but had a winning record because the offense, sans run game, does just fine.When Bruce Arians was hired, Bucs fans were beyond thrilled. A coach with a pedigree that could come in and get this team where it needed to be. That could elevate Jameis Winston to be the quarterback many expected him to be.But that should be the least of the worries for Bucs fans.It’s about the acquisitions they make on the defensive side of the ball and pounding the rock. The most important hire that was made after Arians was Todd Bowles. Without Arians, there is no Bowles, and that’s a guy that can get the defense to the level they need to be to compete in the postseason. Are we asking Bowles to have the number one defense in football? Absolutely not. It would be nice http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-vinny-curry-jersey , don’t get me wrong, but not necessary. Just get the Bucs into the top third of the league. That’s all they need. The offense puts up enough points to win games, they just get beat by their own defense being a sieve.It’s about who is going to be the ball carrier and the line in front of him to create space. The Bucs will have to address the offensive line and running back positions through free agency and the draft. Again, not looking for the number one rushing attack - just get them in the top half.This team, as it’s constructed now, is not that far away. It really isn’t. Two 5-11 finishes in a row may say otherwise, but the team has talent. It has playmakers. What it didn’t have was leadership from the staff. What it didn’t have was a system or scheme it could succeed in. This isn’t a rebuilding project. This is plug in the coaches, a few players, and a scheme to maximize the players’ strengths and this team contends.But it all starts with defense.
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