Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Three Studs vs Washington Football Team

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made the playoffs for the first time in 13 years and won. They traveled to play the Washington Football Team. Washington won the NFC East with a 7-9 record and got to host a playoff game. The Buccaneers obtain players to get back to the playoffs and finished the season 11-5 second place in the NFC South to the New Orleans Saints. This game was closer than many thought it would be. I thought if Tampa Bay could get after Tyler Heinicke it would be rough. Heinicke instead had a great game for a practice squad quarterback. The Bucs defense did blitz him and at times sacked him. At one time he left the game with an injury. Heinicke came back and did not seem to miss a beat. In the end, the Bucs would do enough to win.

Tom Brady

Brady achieved his 31st playoff win most by any player. When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got him after he left the New England Patriots. Brady was brought here because the weapons that Tampa Bay had would fit well with his skill set. In this game, he went 22/40 for 381 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. Brady has been great in the last three games and it’s the right time for it. He is getting in sync with Mike Evans, Antonio Brown, Chris Godwin, and Rob Gronkowski. Brady looked comfortable in last night’s game he was only sacked twice. If he continues on the path he is on look for the Buccaneers to maybe be in the Super Bowl.

Mike Evans

Here is a player that hyperextend his knee in week 17 against the Atlanta Falcons. That was after he set an NFL record becoming the first wide receiver to have seven straight 1,000 yards seasons. He was a game-time decision and during warm-ups, he looked good. Evans has spent his entire career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played and it did not look like his knee was bothering him at all. He had six catches for 119 yards on ten targets. Evans had big catches despite not having a touchdown in the game. He will be a big weapon no matter who Tampa Bay plays whether that is New Orleans Saints or Los Angeles Rams.

Leonard Fournette

Fournette was cut at the beginning of the season by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He made his way to Tampa and has helped out the ground game. In last night’s game, he was the lead back because Ronald Jones was out due to injury. He was in head coach Bruce Arians’ dog house a couple of times during the season. In this game, he ran for 93 yards on 19 carries and one touchdown. The one touchdown was the game-winning one. He spoke after the game and said that he was happy with getting to play with Tom Brady and help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers get their first playoff win since their Super Bowl win in 2003.

There were things that both teams could have done better. I saw that Chase Young talked to Tom Brady after the game and said it was out of respect. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense had its bright moments and dark ones. They as a group will have to get better because they have the Saints or Rams on the horizon. I think getting back Devin White will help next week in the divisional round of the playoffs. The offense played great and if they can keep Tom Brady jersey clean they will win. I am excited to see what happens next week.

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