Still think Jameis Winston is a dud? Still think Gerald McCoy doesnt know how to take over games? Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed the NFL that while it may not be deep enough at this stage of its restoration to handle Oakland AND Atlanta in 4 days, It has turned the corner on defense when it gets enough rest!
Thats right, call it the Bucs Hyatt moment…your always better after a 10 day rest!
Tampa Bay brough the pressure today with 1.5 sacks by Robert Ayers playing in his second game back, another half sack by Gerald McCoy, and ANOTHER SACK by rookie DE Noah Spence who could be the Bucs answer to Simeon Rice! Thats three sacks in three games! All told the Bucs got 4 more sacks today, held Bears QB Jay Cutler to 126 total yards, one TD and 2 Interceptions, including dropping him for a safety.
Keep in mind the Bears scored a hail mary TD at the end of the half!!
And dont look now, but on the redemption highway, quietly, very very quietly, Rookie Placekicker Roberto Aguayo has now made several field goals in a row, over a span of several games. Last week he made all the extra points. If Aguayo is going to turn this around, it will be like this, with a few games here and there of solid straight in a row completions.
Winston finished over 300 yards passing, and for a change, the Bucs offensive plan did NOT surround or require Mike Evans. Instead the Bucs relied upon Adam Humphries, Cameron Brate, and new coming Martino scored his first NFL touchdown!!
With Losses to Atlanta, New Orleans, and Carolina, the Bucs moved up the ladder in the NFC South…now tied with New Orleans at 4-5 1.5 games behind the Atlanta Falcons.
MORE IN THE MORNING….GO BUCS!!!
Quick DFS lesson to learn: DO YOUR OWN THING! When you think your on to something, dont hesitate, go with it. I knew the Bucs defense was better than everyone was saying. Every DFS analyst preached stacking up Cutler, Jeffries, etc against a “Bucs defense that gets beat up each week via the pass”
But what they didn’t know was the Bucs defense was getting better as it was learning DC Mike Smith’s new system. Everyone was watching a superior Oakland team pass all over the Bucs (and not seeing we kept UP with them for 5 qtrs), and then after that 5 QTR effort, the Bucs had to play 4 days later. Tampa Bay didn’t have the depth to do that!
But now on 10 days rest, it made sense the Bucs would be back to what they were BEFORE Oakland game.
I didn’t play it.
Bucs defense has 24 fan duel points! NEVER AGAIN!!