Sitting on a 3-5 record heading into the matchup with Seattle, the Buccaneers certainly weren’t out of the NFC South race, with the stuttering Falcons, Panthers, and Saints all also struggling to find a consistent groove this season. It was nevertheless crucial that Todd Bowles’ men were able to pick up a bit of momentum headed into their bye week.
Happily, for Bucs’ fans, the team was able to do just that. A gritty 16-13 “home” win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 9 was good; a hard-fought 21-16 win in Munich against NFC West top dogs, the Seattle Seahawks, was even better.
Now back to .500 with a 5-5 record, the Buccaneers are a game up on the Falcons, and have the Seahawks in their sites as they look to improve their overall seeding. Work still to do, but the picture certainly looks a little rosier for the Pewter Pirates.
With sports fans around the world now turning their attention to the latest World cup betting offers, the Bucs’ have a period of time to recuperate before heading to Cleveland to take on the Browns on 27th November. Far easier to do so on the back of a win of course, and one man who will be able to look back on his latest display with particular pride is rookie running back Rachaad White.
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Whilst Devin White deservedly received praise following a stellar defensive display in the face of personal tragedy, but his efforts were at least matched on the other side of the ball by the hard running of Rachaad White.
After starting his first NFL game White was forced into more action than expected due to an injury to Leonard Fournette, White rewarded the faith of Bowles with a breakout display. Handed 22 carries in Munich – the exact total of his four previous outings combined – White went a ways towards showing he has what it takes at this level. Averaging 4.8 yards per game and breaking through the 100-yard barrier for the first time in the NFL. Highlights included a career-high 29-yard burst featuring a stiff arm which nearly sent Quandre Diggs back across the Atlantic. Then a 19-yard scurry which effectively iced the game late in the fourth quarter.
The third-round draft pick was understandably delighted in the aftermath, stating, “I mean, I feel great….Blessed really to get the win. That was a big thing for me. We’re just trying to do anything we can to get the win. It was fun out there. I feel like I did good. Some things I could have did better, but we’ll see on film.”
Much Needed Boost at Just the Right Time
Heading into the game with an NFL-worst of 60.9 rushing yards per game, the Buccaneers’ ground game was badly in need of a boost. And it certainly got one- White’s contribution being the foundation for a season-high total of 161 rushing yards on the game.
With Fournette and White all of a sudden looking a potent two-pronged attack, an offensive line which nullified the pass rush, and a dominant display in the defensive game, things are looking good for the Bucs as they head into the crucial run-in.
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