All righty, then. Reality reasserts itself…a bit.
Vikings 34 – Bucs 17
I didn’t get to this on Sunday, because I was busy with my volunteering duties at the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and later by being a super nerd and watching the premiere episodes of Star Trek: Discovery. So, by now, other writers who are much better at this sort of thing have already analyzed and dissected the Bucs’ second game of the new season.
The short version is that Tampa had a long day at the hands of the Vikes. Despite a third quarter surge where they showed the first real signs of life during the game, Minnesota had already inflicted a fatal wound on their way to almost 500 yards of total offense and their second victory of the year.
Meanwhile, it took the Bucs far too long to grab a gear. Jameis Winston was throwing the ball everywhere. 28 completions on 40 attempts for 328 yards, along with two touchdown throws. However, three interceptions were costly. Injuries at key positions on defense translated to Vikings quarterback Case Keenum often had his pick of receivers all afternoon, and the time to find them. The ground game must’ve been left in another equipment bag, as the Bucs managed to scrape together a measly 26 yards on 9 carries spread across three backs and Winston himself.
So, yeah…there are some things to address this week, on both sides of the ball. That said, we’re only two games into it. There’s time to get the ship back on course. Not much, but some.
The loss drops Tampa to 1-1 on the still minty-fresh season. Elsewhere in the NFC South, the Falcons sit on top with their unblemished 3-0 record, followed by 2-1 Carolina, who lost to division rival New Orleans. The Saints improve to 1-2, coming up behind the Bucs in the division standings. So far, things look to be normal among these four teams….it’s going to be a street fight all year long.
Next up for the Bucs? Back home to Tampa to host the struggling New York Giants, who’ve stumbled out of the gate to start their season 0-3. They’ll be looking for redemption, but this is as good a chance as any for the Bucs to get their game back on track. Here’s hoping.
Bucs life, yo.