Week 13 @ Green Bay Packers Game Analysis – by Hagen

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Another loss for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this time to the Green Bay Packers. We dominated the game most of the time and even held our opposing Quarterback, Brett Hundley, who filled in for the injured Aaron Rodgers, to under 85 Passing yards. That is a crazy stat, yet we still lost the game, mainly because Running Back Jamaal Williams ran all over us and Hundley used his feet to make it happen, as well. Hundley did not have a passing Touchdown, either, he even got picked off by Rookie Safety Justin Evans, who has been playing well lately. Overall, our defense played solid for the most part of the game.

On offense, it was the first contest back for Jameis Winston after sitting out three weeks due to a shoulder injury. Winston played well, considering that he played under constant pressure with our offensive line banged up. Winston took a lot of hits and got sacked seven times, which is unacceptable. The sacks did not come from him holding on to the ball too long, it was because of bad offensive line play. The Bucs even managed to convert on third down often, which has been a major problem all year so far, as they converted 9 times out of 16 third downs. That reflects a respectable 56% third down efficiency. On a negative note, Winston also made a bad decision, once again, trying to force a ball to a receiver as he was getting sacked. The ball slipped out of his hands and ended up in the arms of a nearby Green Bay lineman, who took it all the way back for a Packers’ score. Winston had a few more questionable throws that could easily have turned into interceptions. All in all, he played a decent game, throwing for 270 yards, 2 Touchdowns and no interceptions. Unfortunately, our defense could not stop Green Bay’s rushing attack in the overtime and, consequently, Tampa Bay lost a very close and winnable game.

A home game against the Detroit Lions is up next.

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