Finally, the Buccaneers end their four-game losing streak by defeating Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals 30-27. The game was a nail biter until the very end. Fortunately, Tampa Bay was finally able to pull this one out.
Offense Does Enough To Win
Jameis Winston passed for a very respectable 358 yards and a touchdown to O.J. Howard, who was back from his injury after missing multiple games. However, Winston also had two interceptions again.
Furthermore, Ronald Jones played a great game. He was particularly effective in the passing game, hauling in eight receptions for 77 yards. Also, he rushed for the Bucs’ first touchdown of the game. On a negative note, Jones did have an unforced fumble at a very crucial part in the contest with just a few minutes left in the game.
Secondary Struggles Again
Once again, the Buccaneers’ defensive backfield did not look very good. They allowed a rookie quarterback to pass for 328 yards. Christian Kirk had not scored a single touchdown this season before the game. He had three scores in this one and simply outran Tampa Bay’s defensive backs.
Jamel Dean had a nice bounce-back game from last week’s struggles. Dean made a very important fourth-quarter interception.
Vernon Hargreaves, on the other hand, was pulled by Bruce Arians because of his inefficient play. On Tuesday, Arians pulled him entirely by releasing him from the team.
A Step In The Right Direction
While the win will most likely not help the Bucs make the playoffs, it felt good to get a victory again, especially at home.
Next up is a divisional matchup against the New Orleans Saints, who, surprisingly, are coming off a loss at home against the Falcons.
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