A third straight Bucs loss is discouraging, but worse is the lack of hope for the rest of the season

How do we right this ship?

click to enlarge It was more clean football for TB12 despite throwing more than a few passes that should’ve been picked off. - Photo via Buccaneers
Photo via Buccaneers
It was more clean football for TB12 despite throwing more than a few passes that should’ve been picked off.
Now here’s a sentence I didn’t think I’d ever write: The winner of this Sunday’s Falcons-Panthers game will take sole possession of first place in the NFC South.

Yup. Either Marcus Mariota or PJ Walker will be quarterback of the first place team in a division with Tom Brady in it, following the Bucs’ 27-22 loss to the Baltimore Ravens Thursday night.

Following an encouraging first quarter that saw the Bucs take a 10-3 lead, Tampa Bay was outscored 24-12 for the rest of the game.

The offense showed its usual lack of success in the red zone, with Brady missing throws all over the place and the Bucs being forced to settle for two field goals after being inside the 20.

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The defense held up for a bit, but seemed to run out of steam as it ended up giving up 453 yards of total offense, 231 coming on the ground for Baltimore.

It was more clean football for TB12 despite throwing more than a few passes that should’ve been picked off, but it didn’t matter as the defense wasn’t able to force any takeaways.

Another week, another loss, and this one might provoke some major changes. Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich has been under fire for the offense’s lack of productivity and seemingly predictable play calling.

The defensive struggles have continued, as they clearly can’t deal with actual NFL offenses following a start to the year that had them ranked among the best groups in football because they got to face the Cowboys, Saints, and Packers in the first three weeks.

As discouraging as the loss is, the even more troubling part of this recent stretch is the lack of hope for the rest of the season. I don’t think anyone has any idea as to what this team does to right the ship, and no one seems to have any answers in the organization.

I’m not surprised at the result, but it was still a let down to see a flash of what this team could be at the start of the game, only for it to regress back to the form they’ve been in all season.

We’ll see how Tampa Bay does against the defending Super Bowl champion Rams next week, and what changes may take place over the week.

For now, go get yourself a shot (or 10) of Hennessy to try and forget about this pathetic excuse of a football team.
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