It was a feel good day for Bruce Arians and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a battle for Florida, as they rolled the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-11. Jameis Winston had a near flawless game, only losing a ball on a fumble created by a Ronald Jones blocking mishap. Todd Bowles led the defensive unit to a massive game, causing the Jaguars to change quarterbacks.
Bruce Arians and company did exactly what they needed to do to nab a W in the battle of the sunshine state. They won the turnover battle and equated those turnovers into points. Although Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston’s stats did not flash and sparkle per usual, he may of actually had his best game of the season in a cleanliness type view. Winston completed 21 of 33 passes for 268 yards, throwing for 0 touchdowns along with 0 interceptions. He also added 20 yards on 6 carries, losing a fumble in the process to no fault of his own. Yielding only 1 turnover and wining the battle of ball possession, the offense did what they needed to turn turnovers into points.
The offensive stars in this one were a few unsung heroes from this season. Evans and Godwin, the NFLs best receiving duo, hauled in a combined 8 receptions for 103 yards. Running back Ronald Jones, who was pulled late from the game for poor pass blocking resulting in a fumble, only scampered for 8 yards on 6 carries. So who exactly did the Bucs turn to?
The unsung heroes were led by former starting running back Peyton Barber. Barber had 44 yards on 17 carries, adding 2 scores. Wide receiver Breshad Perriman led the Bucs in receiving with 5 receptions for 87 yards. O.J. Howard was figured back into the picture as well, nabbing 5 grabs for 61 yards. Running back Dare Ogunbowale and tight end Cam Brate added a combined 3 receptions for 17 yards, and nobody else contributed in the passing game. Ongubowale and T.J. Logan also added a combined 2 yards on 2 carries. The defense did the rest.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians stated after the game “he has really come into his own” when asked about first round draftee rookie linebacker Devin White from LSU. White, who has been on a hot streak after battling multiple injuries throughout the first half of the season, continued just that. White had 7 tackles, 2 pass breakups, a interception, along with a scoop and score. The defensive unit overall had 5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 2 fumble recoveries. Fellow rookie Sean Murphy-Bunting also had a key contribution, intercepting a rallying Gardner Minshew and company late in the game on the goal line.
The conclusion of week 13s battle of Florida resulted in the Buccaneers dominating in every aspect of the game. Kicker Matt Gay was a perfect 4/4 in kicks, including 2 field goals, quarterback Jameis Winston was turnover free despite 1 fumble, and the defense led by a couple of highly touted rookies had a daunting 5 sacks. The Buccaneers have won 3 out of 4, and they are really rallying around the veteran coaching staff. They have a chance at 9-7, and that will depend in what happens next week when the 6-6 Colts come to Tampa in what could be a shootout.
This article was written by Anthony Tones Ariola, who can be found on twitter at @TrickyTonesBGTE
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