September 25, 2023

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Today’s loss to the Saints was mind-boggling to many fans. The defense got beat by a back-up quarterback, plain and simple. Bridgewater has not thrown for over 200 yards in his 2 starts since Brees went down, but of course, Tampa Bay always finds a way to give quarterbacks a first.

Bridgewater ties career-high in passing yards

Bridgewater had 314 yards and 4 touchdowns on the day as the Saints did what opposing teams have done all season, light up the secondary. Granted, the Bucs did have an interception (Murphy-Bunting), but that was all they were able to muster. The Bucs also failed to record a sack on Bridgewater, which is a rare feat considering Shaq Barrett (9 sacks) has been a nightmare in the first 4 games for opposing teams.

Michael Thomas also had a field day against the secondary, racking up 182 yards and 2 scores on 11 catches. Jared Cook and Ted Ginn Jr also were able to find the endzone in the win. Good news though for the defense, Kamara was limited to only 62 yards on 16 carries and 6 catches for 42 yards and was held out of the endzone.

Offensive wise the Bucs looked good

The Bucs offense looked good in the loss as Jameis Winston went 15/27 for 204 yards 2 TD and 0 interceptions (would’ve had 2 but flags overturned those). Chris Godwin had another big game hauling in 7 passes for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns. Peyton Barber had a good day on the ground, as he had 32 yards and a touchdown on 8 attempts. Not a great day for Bucs rushing game, but not a bad day either.

The offensive line for the Bucs was absolutely horrendous. They allowed Winston to be sacked 6 times. Not the type of day the line that has been looking stellar the past 3 weeks. It almost looked like they were sending a message to Winston of some sort, which is highly unexpected. There’s definitely a lot of work to be done this week as the Bucs are getting prepped for their trip to London for this upcoming Sunday’s game against the Panthers.

How will the Bucs respond after this loss?

They have put in great games following losses this season. They are 2-0 after losses this season, besting the Panthers in week 2 and the Rams in week 4. Hopefully, they will be able to rebound and pull off a win. Hopefully, the secondary and offensive line work out the kinks in their gameplay.