It’s not pretty. by any imagination. Not even the Steelers, who beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-18 at home.
When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got off the plane in Pittsburgh, there was a good chance they were feeling pretty confident in the first of four games against a team from the AFC North.
Why? Because they’re playing the worst team in the division. Injury-riddled, 1-4 Pittsburgh Steelers.
With a rookie quarterback at the helm and going up against the most accomplished quarterback in the history of the sport, it’s no surprise that the Buccaneers are the favorites for this game.
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But from the moment this fight began, the Buccaneers didn’t seem ready. At least, they don’t seem ready to take the Pittsburgh Steelers seriously.
Even though the Steelers lost two of their best defensive players — world defensive end, TJ Watt and all-career safety, Minka Fitzpatrick, except for their top three corners — they weren’t afraid of Tom Brady and his talented lineup of playmakers.
Based on how the Buccaneers played on that side of the ball during his football game, they shouldn’t be.
The Bucs’ offensive line proved vulnerable. Game calls are vanilla. Tom Brady’s accuracy is as erratic as he was during his tenure as quarterback for the Buccaneers.
But the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as they often do this season, find themselves winning this football game at several positions.
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But this time, they couldn’t.
Is it an attempt to prolong the drive offense. Or trying to stop when they need to defend, feeling like this team can’t get to the top of their journey on this day.
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While the Buccaneers’ very respectable defense couldn’t hold up when they needed it most, it was the offense that was most to blame in the closing stages of the game.
There is still plenty of time to correct the ship. But the truth is, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are faltering. Even though they don’t have a track record of failure, their performance isn’t anywhere near their potential.
Is it training? Is it a wound? Is it the off-court distractions surrounding their 45-year-old quarterback Tom Brady?
Maybe all of the above. But the truth is, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t get the job done. Despite a challenging early-season schedule, the Pittsburgh Steelers had no business in this football game, let alone winning it.
The Buccaneers need to pull together, and they need to move quickly.
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