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Cade Otton (L) who caught the game-winning touchdown when The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Los Angeles Rams 16-13 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Nov. 6, 2022.
Nothing quite like a 50-second drill from Tom Brady to make you think there’s still a chance for some magic in this Bucs season.
In a game that featured 15 total punts and a whopping 58 passes from TB12, the Bucs ended up winning the late-afternoon matchup against defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams 16-13.
Tom Brady led one of those amazing drives where seemingly everything was working just the way we all imagined it would in our heads, and he officially ended the Buccaneers’ three-game losing streak against the Rams.
He continually targeted Scotty Miller throughout the game, with the speedy wideout reeling in seven receptions (but also dropping a key potential TD pass late in the 4th quarter during a drive that ended with a turnover on downs from inside the Rams’ 10 yard line).
Tampa Bay’s rushing attack, however, continued its trend toward becoming one of the worst running games in the history of the league, as it was only able to muster a measly 51 yards on the ground.
The Bucs also continued their offensive struggles in the red zone, as the team was only able to turn just one of three red zone chances into touchdowns (the one that sealed the game, so at least they made it count).
So while the win is nice and it was wonderful to see Tom Brady do his thing at the end of the game and lead the Bucs to victory, we all need to take a step back and remember that this team is still below .500, they still have a large list of problems offensively, and the defense is playing against some awful teams offensively.
The Bucs also have a tough remaining schedule. What seemed like a gimme game in Germany next week has now turned into a really tough matchup, as the Seahawks hold the lead in the NFC West division and are playing some truly inspired football, led by the potential comeback player of the year in quarterback Geno Smith.
Following the bye week after that matchup in Munich with Seattle, Tampa Bay faces the Browns, Saints, 49ers, Bengals, and Cardinals, with only two of those matchups taking place at cozy Raymond James Stadium.
So… yeah. Fire those cannons, but let’s not get too excited and jump back onto the Super Bowl bandwagon. There’s still tons of work to do, and this team still has a lot to prove before they truly can call themselves Super Bowl contenders again.