Butch shot 11 points on Sunday and lost to Saints 28-14, which means we can now get back to regular scheduled programming. Speculations of work, conversation, selflessness – ahxh, must be Christmas in Tampa Bay.
It is time to accept what has been obvious for weeks: Dogs will not go anywhere. They are 5-8, worse after 13 games than in 2015. Ask Lory Smith how this is over.
• Jamie Winston's performance on Sunday was as remarkable as toast. He finished 18 of 38 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns and a meaningless set-up in the final seconds of the game. He did not play very well – he took hosts several times – but he was also under siege for much of the game.
"Jamie was under pressure all day," said coach Dirk Koeter. "Jamie is hit too many times today, you can not hold your quarterback so many times, whether it's a stir, running, four sacks, and we can not hit him so much.
• The offensive line remains one of the biggest drawbacks of the team. Whose is the error? General Manager? The head coach? The coach of the offensive line? If I own, I want to know.
• Speaking of problems that have not disappeared, the Bucs' special teams continue to be below average, not just talking about missed goals and blocking points on Sunday. Special teams may not have as much influence on games as crime and defense, but the fact that over the years we've seen little improvement and consistency from these units is worrying.
• The saints won only 3 fast yards of nine noses in the first half. They won 97 yards for 21 carriers in the second half. The difference? Coping. Bucks did not miss one in the first half, but missed several in the second.
• Robert Jones played four times. In the league, it is not unusual for the rookie to go back to join immediately, even if he does not boast, Jones' lack of this season is worrying. Both of the Bucs skews over-exaggerate Jones or the coaches fail to develop it. This makes you wonder if Tampa Bay is committed to making it back to number 38 rather than the best player.
• In the past, dogs could have difficulty playing at NFC South. Not so this season. While the Saints are a Super Cup contender, the Pantera is 6-7, and the Falcons are 4-9.
• Browns who went through the last season with 0-16 have a better record than Bucks. Unforgivable.
• Bucs returned to the track to land the top 10 on the 2019 NFL track. If the season ends today, they will be pushed eighth. The 49th, Cardinals, Raiders, Falcons and Jets will be in the top five.
• Lunch: My Weekly Analysis AfterMath. tampabay.com/sports
• 2:30 am: Co-press press conference. buccaneers.com
A hard-to-believe state
The win of all times of the Saints, entering Sunday when they moved halfway through at least 11 points.
More numbers from the game here.
The things we said
• The finger contact begins
After looking at Ryan Jensen to make two punishments that cost Bush 25 yards in a second-trillion drive, Jamie Winston was involved in a collision with his veterans center. Offensive coach George Worpon was better off with Bucs's defender than with his line on Sunday, standing between them. By Rick Stroud.
• Thank you for coming. Drive carefully. See her next year.
The blockade of saints in the third quarter has lost all feelings of good feelings over the past few weeks. All this, but officially eliminated Bucs from the playoffs. And this puts the organization's future very doubtful. By Tom Jones.
• Three shots that cost the dogs
While the loss of Bucs 28-14 of Saints is one of two very different halves, inertia changes as three key special teams play confused for Tampa Bay. Cairo Santos, who entered the day with the perfect record in his three games, missed two attempts at a goal. But it was the block of saints who really turned the game. By Eduardo Ekin.
• Sentus-Bucks report card
Everywhere in the world happens to the man who let the New Orleans backbone be clean to block that brother of Brian Anger. But it took more than that to open the loopholes. There would not be a stunning face like the New Orleans opening device. Buckets fell from the cliff for good in an uncomfortable position of 28 to 14 losses. With Martin Fenneli.
• Newspaper reporters make another low budget video
Starring Rick Stroud and Eduardo Ekin.
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