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Texans 19 – Bucs 9
So, you know…things were looking okay if not great in the early going, but I figured it was a bad omen when the Bucs scored a touchdown after notching a field goal early in the second quarter, and Tampa kicker Kyle Brindza knocked the point-after attempt off the upright. It was a feeling that was reinforced as the rookie proceeded to miss not one and not two but three field goals, each of them well within his advertised range.
So, a PAT and three field goals. Ten points in all, left on the field. Hey, check out that final score.
You can’t put the whole thing on Brindza’s shoulders, though, as in a perfect word he’d only be out there to kick extra points following the bazillion touchdowns the offense should be racking up. We didn’t get those, though. Then there was the continuing issue of penalties incurred by the Tampa defense and their seemingly inexhaustible ability to allow the other team’s offense to keep running over them. Oh, and let’s not forget the wide receivers who left Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston hanging as they dropped several critical passes throughout the afternoon. Winston still managed to rack up some decent pass yardage along with the aforementioned TD, offset by an interception.
Despite the setbacks, you can definitely see a progression in the young QB’s game since Week 1. For those who understand that Winston is a work in progress and there’s an undeniable learning curve, this at least is encouraging. He still has a tendency to overthrow his receivers, but that too will improve as he continues to dial in his game. He just needs more help from his receiving corps and for that offensive line to keep providing protection. They didn’t allow a sack today, so that’s a mark in the plus column, but on the delta side we’ve still got a stagnant running game. 57 yards on the ground puts a lot of pressure on Winston, after all.
The loss drops Tampa to 1-2 and two games behind the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers, both of whom won their games today and remain undefeated. New Orleans lost to those same Panthers, dropping the Saints to 0-3. Next up for the Bucs? It’s back to Tampa to host Carolina and hopefully give them their first loss of the year.
Yeah. It’s good to have goals.