The Bucs drop one off at home Monday night at Rams, 27-24
The Bucs entered their Monday night game against the Los Angeles Rams as favorites, but hesitated in a game that was marred by individual errors.
the Bucs hosted the Los Angeles Rams in Raymond James Stadium for Monday Night Football, and early on, Sean McVay showed his game plan to keep the Tampa Bay defensive line off of quarterback Jared Goff.
Quick passes, little to no play passes and a lot of Cooper Kupp.
Tampa Bay has entered the game 2nd in the league against the race. Since that was not the highlight of the Rams’ offense, McVay made the choice to drop it early.
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They weren’t the only ones. The Bucs didn’t progress much in the running game either, as RB Ronald Jones finished the night with 24 yards on 10 carries. The backfield didn’t help much in the passing game either, as Jones and Leonard Fournette struggled to get passes from Brady.
This would not be the case sooner for the receivers. Newly acquired Antonio Brown was featured on the first two practices, ending the night with eight catches and 57 yards.
Mike Evans and Chris Godwin also came in on the evening as they finished with 12 catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns between them.
The two teams traded scores throughout the first half, but the Rams would take the lead as time expired in the second quarter, 17-14.
The second stanza wouldn’t be so nice with the Bucs attack. After an interception from Goff, the pewter boys equalized with a 38-yard Ryan Succop field goal.
Turnover would play a big role as the Rams came back and turned a Jordan Fuller INT into a Cam Akers touchdown.
The Rams would reciprocate, however, with Jordan Whitehead intercepting a pass from Goff intended for Robert Woods, and the Bucs then scored to tie the game at 24 apiece.
But on the record that followed, the Rams took the lead once again on another basket from Matt Gay.
There was still time for another heroic Tom Brady comeback, but in game four Brady knocked down TE Cameron Brate and Fuller got his second pick of the night.
Brady would finish with 216 yards on 26/48 with 2 touchdowns and 2 runs.
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And while this was another game where the Bucs’ defense would hold a team well under 100 yards on the ground, Goff and his company would have a night. He finished 39/51 with 376 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 runs.
Woods (12 for 130 yards and 1 TD) and Kupp (11 for 145 yards) would be the main beneficiaries.
The Tamba Bay high school was picked apart tonight, but I wouldn’t blame them all. The defensive line couldn’t reach Goff at all. Zero sacks for a team currently 3rd in the league in this category, thanks to how quickly the Rams were able to get the ball out of Goff’s hands.
The Rams improve to 7-3 and the Bucs fall to 7-4.