So another tough loss puts our record to 2-4. This is officially an unacceptable start to the season for a team with hopes as high as ours were 8 weeks ago! The Bucs lost a nail biter in Buffalo, 24-27. Yet, there was progress to be found yesterday, especially compared to the game we played last week in Glendale, AZ. Jameis Winston was able to start the game and, fortunately, he looked sharp. Our Quarterback did not make many mistakes. Other than the interception, which was a forced pass on third down to his security blanket Cameron Brate, Winston played a great game, passing for 384 Yards and 3 scores. In addition to that, Winston seems to finally bond with DeSean Jackson more, who had 5 Receptions for 73 Yards and a huge catch for more than 50 Yards called back due to a holding penalty. Our Rookie Tight End had a breakout game with 2 scores and six catches for a total of 98 Yards. Lavonte David was a beast once again, forcing and recovering a fumble off of LeSean McCoy late in the game, which could have turned out to be the crucial turning point for us, but our Defense could not hold the Bills on the last drive.
Giving up a 50 Yard pass on the very next play after taking the lead with less than three minutes left in the game is just unacceptable and turned out to be the neck breaker for our defense. Our running game was not efficient, again, as Doug Martin averaged less than 2.5 Yards per carry. On the other side of the ball, we were not able to stop the run, again, as LeSean McCoy had two scores on the ground and almost 100 Yards. Tyrod Taylor took advantage of our week run defense, as well, finding ways to contribute with his legs in crucial situations, gaining 53 Yards on the ground on six rushes.
Up next is a home game against Carolina, a division rival the Buccaneers MUST defeat now.