Sunday, June 16, 2024

Three takeaways: Bucs season on life support

Baker Mayfield threw for 237 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Bucs lost their third straight game to leave their season hanging by a thread.

So what’s gone wrong for the Bucs? Is there any way back? Let’s take a look in our three takeaways from the game.


I’ve said this before, and I’m still thinking it. Baker Mayfield is not, largely, the reason for the Buss struggles. Sure he’s not always great, but he was very close to pulling out a miracle with a last second Hail Mary that no-one touched, even though it landed between Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

25/42-237-2-0 is a stat line that could win you many a game, and while they’ve struggled of late themselves, the Bills are a good team. Mayfield needs help, and that starts with better coaching.


After the game HC Todd Bowles said, “I thought everybody fought their tails off tonight. The effort wasn’t our problem. We hung together, we were tough, we clawed, we scratched, we fought our way back in there. We were right there. A few plays here or there, a few penalties here or there. We feel like we can get better from that.”

And while that is pretty much spot on, it was just a few plays here or there, there was also some baffling play calling. While throwing the ball 42 times, Tampa Bay rushed only 17 times. It’s not that it wasn’t working, it average 4.59-yards per-carry, it’s just that they didn’t call it.

That needs to be fixed quickly.


Against a Bills team featuring Josh Allen playing at a high level, Stefon Diggs and Dalton Kincaid the Bucs D put up a good fight. 24 points is a little on the high side if you wanted to call the defence elite, but against the Bills that’s a solid days work.

After their first drive of the second half the Bills did no score again which kept the Bucs in the game. The adjustments worked and they gave the offence that one last shot at the end zone. If the offence can pull themselves together, the D can definitely get them some wins.

Tampa Bay BuccaneersBuffalo Bills
1st Downs1725
Passing 1st downs1016
Rushing 1st downs38
1st downs from penalties41
3rd down efficiency4-157-13
4th down efficiency1-10-1
Total Plays6268
Total Yards302427
Total Drives1111
Yards per Play4.96.3
Yards per pass5.07.4
Interceptions thrown01
Sacks-Yards Lost3-132-12
Rushing Attempts1726
Yards per rush4.64.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-12-4
Fumbles lost00
Interceptions thrown01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

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