Week 5 vs. New England Patriots Game Analysis by Hagen


Our fourth game is in the books, and what a heartbreaker it was! First of all, the overall effort by the Buccaneers was not bad at all. Our Defense looked good against arguably the best offense in football, especially considering how depleted our unit was, with multiple key players sitting the game out due to injury. The Bucs were finally able to create a pass rush again, putting Tom Brady under constant pressure and even recording three Sacks (after only getting one in the previous three games combined) and two Turnovers by Brady.

Unfortunately, however, our offense was not able to capitalize. The good news is Doug Martin is back, and he looked GOOD! Our offense as a whole could not find a way to get going in the first three quarters of the game, at all. We could not find a way to convert on third down, Cameron Brate was covered well by Defensive Back Patrick Chung and had a few drops caused by Chung on crucial downs. In the fourth quarter, Winston was finally able to find some kind of rhythm with mainly DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries, keeping us in the game, but after all, that effort was too little too late. We could potentially have won the if had used Doug Martin more, he ran hard and had a great game with 74 Yards on the ground on only 13 carries.

The tragic figure of the game was definitely Kicker Nick Folk, who missed three Field Goals, a fate Buccaneers fans are very familiar with. Folk’s future with the Bucs is in jeopardy now. The following week will provide clarity and certainty regarding our Kicker situation.