Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Good, Bad, and Ugly vs Atlanta Falcons
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers played a complete game. That type of game that earns them a win over a division rival. The Buccaneers traveled to Atlanta and beat the Falcons. The same Falcons that beat the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers the previous two weeks. They had not allowed a touchdown in either game. Many thought they were going to the same to the Buccaneers. They ended up being wrong. The Buccaneers had five touchdowns. Also, the Falcons had 12 sacks in the previous two games yesterday not one. The Buccaneer’s defense showed up with big plays from Vita Vea, Ndamukong Suh, and Devon White to name a few. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense had six sacks yesterday. This was a game that they can build on with five weeks remaining. To finish those five weeks, they play the Falcons at home to end the season.
Good: Buccaneers as a team
Now the Buccaneers made mistakes. Yesterday Jameis Winston threw two more interceptions. On the flip side, he threw three touchdown passes. The run game combined for 133 yards. The leader was Ronald Jones with 12 carries for 51 yards. The primetime player on offense was Chris Godwin. He had seven catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Both he and Mike Evans both went over 1,000 yards for the season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were over 50% on third down conversions going 6 for 13.
The defense held the Falcons to 337 yards of offense. Rookie linebacker Devon White had two sacks. They held the Falcons to 4 for 16 on third-down conversions which meant they got them off the field. The Falcons, however, went 2 for 3 on fourth down conversions and still didn’t win the game. This game is what the Buccaneers need with five games left.
Bad: Falcons home record
With the lost yesterday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they have a home record of 1-4. Many teams do well at home. The Atlanta Falcons have struggled at home. Yesterday the Buccaneers played a complete game. The only win the Falcons have at home was week two against the Philadelphia Eagles. In fact, many will say the Falcons have not been the same since their collapse to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. They have 3 home games left. Two of them are against the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers. The Falcons just beat them on the road. The other game is against the Jacksonville Jaguars. If they can win all three, they will be .500 at home. They must be better moving forward at home. Even though the Buccaneers didn’t have the best game they were able to come out with a win.
Ugly: Falcons not able to take advantage of Buccaneers mistakes
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had two turnovers and missed three extra points. This should have been enough for the Falcons to win. They were unable to turn these mistakes into points or a win. Maybe this is a game the Falcons will use to bounce back. They looked like a completely different team after they dominated the Saints and Panthers. In their future games, they will need to take those mistakes and turn them into wins. The Buccaneers were happy they were able to win yesterday. Now the Falcons with this loss sit in the basement of the NFC South.
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