Week 13 recap: Bucs @ Jaguars


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers get another highly impressive win on the road. Tampa Bay beats the Jaguars in Jacksonville 28-11 and dominates on defense again.

Defense Keeps Improving

After playing great football on defense on the road in Atlanta last week, Todd Bowles found a way to duplicate this performance in Jacksonville. The Buccaneers completely destroyed the Jaguars offense in the first half, causing Jacksonville to replace their quarterback Nick Foles at the half. The starting quarterback finished the game with only seven completions for 93 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception.

Backup quarterback Gardner Minshew gave Jacksonville new life and played better than Foles. However, his performance was not enough to give the Jaguars a chance, as they were trailing 25-0 when he was put in the game. Sean Murphy-Bunting picked off Minshew in the red zone. Bunting practically sealed the game with the interception.

All in all, the defense recorded five sacks, three turnovers, and held Leonard Fournette to a measly 38 rushing yards and an average of only 2.7 ypc.

Devin White Is The Real Deal

After struggling early in the year, Devin White has been getting better and better. He had another monster game in Jacksonville. The former LSU Tiger practically took RB Leonard Fournette out of the game completely and made multiple huge plays.

In addition to his interception, he was able to scoop up a fumble and take it to the house for his first NFL touchdown. Beyond that, he made seven tackles, two passes defensed and one quarterback hit.

White is highly motivated and plays with a chip on his shoulder week in and week out. Needless to say, it is still early to evaluate this year’s draft class. As of now he seems to be a great pick for the Buccaneers, even as the fifth-overall selection.

Bucs Cannot Find A Way To Run The Ball

With Jacksonville having one of the worst run defenses in the league, Tampa Bay was expected to run the ball effectively. However, that did not happen. Ronald Jones had a highly forgettable game. He rushed 6 times for 8 Yards before Bruce Arians pulled him for missing a crucial block.
Peyton Barber, on the other hand, rushed 17 times for 44 yards, resulting in an unimpressive 2.7 ypc. He did score Tampa’s only two two offensive touchdowns, however.

Bucs Win Two In A Row

The win in Jacksonville gives the Buccaneers a 5-7 record, which leaves them with four games to best their record from last season.

Winston did not throw an interception for the first time since Week 9. Outside of the fumble he lost, he played a great game. Statistically, he most likely would have had a more impressive game if the Bucs had not had such a high lead that early in the game.

Up next is a home game against the Indianapolis Colts, who are coming off a home loss to Tennessee.