Tampa Bay couldn’t get out of their own way in the red zone
Between the twenty yard lines, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers put on a display offensively against the Washington Redskins on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 406 yards. Peyton Barber looked sharp, shedding tacklers and extending plays to extend drives. Nine Tampa Bay players caught passes in the loss, including 103 receiving yards from Chris Godwin and 102 from Jacquizz Rodgers. Fitzpatrick even ran for 35 yards, taking what the Redskins gave him for the most part.
Despite all that, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the game—one in which they gained over 500 yards on offense—with just three points. They were able to move the ball extremely well between the twenties, but when push came to shove they could not get points on the scoreboard.
It is pretty clear, at this point, that there is an enormous gap between the team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be and the team they are. For the moment, Tampa Bay is a team that shows some flashes, mostly in the passing game. Unfortunately, those flashes are fleeting, and Tampa Bay comes across as a one-dimensional offense followed by an undermanned defense.
The loss sends Tampa Bay to 3-6. Most of the intrigue that remains in the season revolves around the status of embattled quarterback Jameis Winston.
The following things are true:
-Peyton Barber averaged 4.7 yards per carry and only got the ball thirteen times. His last carry came with 5:35 remaining in the third quarter. Keep in mind the Buccaneers were never down by more than two scores.
-Dirk Koetter took playcalling duties back from Todd Monken for the first time this season, and the former offensive coordinator turned offense-minded head coach put together a game plan that produced three points.
–Chandler Catanzaro was 1/3 on the day, including a miss from 30 yards. He is now firmly in the bottom third of the league in field goal percentage, and near the absolute bottom of the league in extra point percentage.
=Tampa Bay had the ball five times in the second half. The end of those possessions: Missed field goal, interception, two fumbles, and the end of the football game.
-The Buccaneers entered the red zone five times on Sunday. They did not score a single point in those five trips.
-Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two interceptions, including an unforced error that ended the Buccaneers’ first drive. He fumbled in the red zone in the fourth quarter. He also got called for an illegal forward pass after scrambling for a first down when he tried and failed to throw a lateral to extend it as though the clock were about to expire.
-Former Bucs linebacker Mason Foster led the game in tackling, being part of ten tackles.
-The Washington Redskins employ a football player by the name of Jeremy Sprinkle.
This is how a team racks up over 500 yards of offense without scoring a single touchdown. Missed opportunities…