These Bucs are tough to watch, but at least they’ll still make the playoffs

Tampa Bay got trounced in San Fran, 35-7.

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click to enlarge Our guys from Tampa were outmatched, outcoached, and outclassed. - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Our guys from Tampa were outmatched, outcoached, and outclassed.
Well, it was a defensive battle for the first two-and-a-half minutes.

Then San Francisco scored 28 unanswered points before halftime, and things got out of hand.

Sunday’s trip to the west coast was just an example of an actual NFL team playing, well, the Bucs. Our guys from Tampa were outmatched, outcoached, and outclassed, as Mr. Irrelevant himself Brock Purdy scored three touchdowns in his first career start, against a defense that was missing its two starting safeties, its best pass rusher, its best defensive lineman for all but one series, and its starting slot corner.
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Tom Brady, who played high school football just 25 miles away from San Francisco's Levi’s Stadium, threw a pair of picks while tossing the football a total of 55 times over the excruciatingly long more-than-three-hour game that I shamelessly turned off at halftime.

And yet, what else did we expect? For it to be a bit more competitive, sure, but San Francisco has the best defense in the NFL and an offense full of dynamic playmakers. It would’ve taken a great effort and performance that this team just lacks.

The Bucs don’t have any heart. There’s no explosiveness offensively, and the defense does enough to get by, but there’s no grit. They no longer get takeaways. I mean—without looking—before the Deebo Samuel fumble, can you say when the Bucs last got a takeaway?

For those curious, the last turnover forced by this Bucs defense came in that game overseas against Seattle via a Devin White fumble recovery.

The last interception? Go all the way back to Tampa Bay’s loss to Kansas City in Week 4.

Plus this offense is going to continue to plummet in the NFL offensive scoring rankings with their one touchdown performance.

And this trend of Brady getting outplayed by quarterbacks who aren’t in the same class as him continues. Kenny Pickett, PJ Walker, Mitch Trubisky, Jacoby Brissett, and now Brock Purdy.

It’s tough to watch.

So regardless, this Bucs team is still, as I’ve said, not a good team. But they’ll make the playoffs and lose in the first round.

At least there’s that.

It’s truly a Bucs life.
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