The 30-10 loss to the Giants on Monday night is to rank the Buccaneers.
Bad, bad, bad. The Buccaneers did not have many starting defensive backs and their top run-stopper and Daniel Jones & Co. could not make a dent. Three points were built on just 215 total yards, 54 plays and continuous drives. Bleach. The first of the two interceptions that Jones threw in the third quarter was an unplanned panic throw. Saquon Barkley came back but had no effect – 6-25 rushing, 6-31 receiving. The great creativity in Caderius Tony came out of the Wildcat but it didn’t fool the Bucks. The brutal execution of a brutal fourth and 1 call – too rushed to the line – resulted in a failed pass. A wrong start at RG Will Hernandez hurt the opening drive. It was a tough outing for Hernandez, who then had a holding penalty (and another bucks denied).
Tom Brady has no bags, no pressure on Tom Brady, no chance against Tom Brady. This was not exactly an aggressive method. With such an easy initial touchdown drive, the bucks set the tone. He finished with 402 total yards and 28 first downs. Is CB James Bradberry a one-hit wonder? He has significantly backed off from 2020 and he basically hugged Mike Evans in the end zone at the third quarter TD reception. Quincy Roche did not close the edge on what turned out to be a Ronald Jones scoring run. TE Rob Gronkowski (6-71) took advantage of his quarterback, whose goals are too long to wait. The work against the run is not bad but the absence of Logan Ryan at the back is significant. Very quiet game by Leonard Williams.
Riley Dixon put a 52-yard punt on the Tampa 15-yard line in the second quarter. Dixon ended up with three punts inside the 20s. Graham Gano hit his lone field-goal attempt by 37 yards.
Joe Judge’s tone after the game was very different from his previous losses and he certainly sounded like his offensive staff would be changing. He blamed this on himself and his staff. Jason Garrett’s offense has been healthy all season and has yet to see results. Not even close. Clearly, defensive coordinator Patrick Graham wanted to keep the ball in front of his guys and force the Bucks to take yards in short pieces. That plan prevented big plays but was not effective. There was no heat on Brady. It was not completely impressive at every step.