Jags A Bad Mix For Slow-Start Bucs

October 9th, 2015
A Blake Bortles trend isn't good for Bucs

A Blake Bortles trend isn’t good for Bucs

The bumbling Buccaneers have scored six points in the first quarters of games this season.

By contrast, the stumbling Jaguars’ offense has been starting fast.

That’s a potentially toxic mix, considering the Bucs have a fragile psyche and might have questionable morale. You don’t want a team like Jacksonville to build early confidence and be able to stay balanced offensively.

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles is captaining the Jaguars’ inconsistent ship. He’s a different quarterback in the opening 30 minutes, per BSPN.com, before turning into Josh McCown.

Bortles’ passing numbers in the first half of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ four games have been pretty good. He’s completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 580 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. They drop off significantly in the second half and OT, though: 45 percent completions for 416 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.

Jacksonville has scored 45 first-half points this season. That’s quite solid.

Lovie Smith has been preaching starting fast in games to his team since the spring. It’s been a steady theme. This is the Sunday to get the job done.

35 Responses to “Jags A Bad Mix For Slow-Start Bucs”

  1. RCH Says:

    If we are to predict the future by looking at the history of this Bucs team it says that they will let the opposing team make franchise records when they play them. Based on that I think it is fair to say Bortles will more then likely have the best day of his career on Sunday.

  2. Buc'n Enough Says:

    The teams with two UGLIEST uni’sin the NFL square off for the best record of Florida teams this weekend. The only thing missing is Gordon Solie calling the play by play.

  3. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Another Fisher Price football game on tap. Wheres the bottle…

  4. Howard Cosell Says:

    More than likely Bortles will carve up Lovie’s defense.
    Great job running this team, Glazers!!
    One glance at the Bucs will let you know how much the owners care!!

  5. Cannon Says:

    My optimism has run dry.

    Hopefully the Bucs play well and come away with a W.

  6. Idontwannahearitanymore Says:

    Sounds like a “trap game” for the Bucs.

  7. DB55 Says:

    It’s time for the Defense to step up! What happened to the days when the T2 held teams to 6-9 points?

    So far the D has been punk’d by a rookie who got benched before the game was over, talk about a slap in the face. A back-up QB in Houston. And Cam who wasn’t even trying hard.

    This D should be toying with bottles, let’s see what happens.

  8. Howard Cosell Says:

    Instead of Televising the game they should have a steel-cage
    death-match between Shad Khan and the Glazers.

  9. Tampa Tony Says:

    This could get ugly. Quick.

    I know the Glazers don’t Fire coaches in season but it will get brutal if Lovie loses this game. He might just resign to save face

  10. rayjay1122 Says:

    This whole situation with the Bucs just sucks. I watched the Bolts last night and was entertained thoroughly, which is something that the Bucs have not done in a long time. I am honestly a little concerned about the future of this team as far as a fan base goes. Giving it some thought, I am 42 and was born in Tampa so obviously the Bucs were the only professional sports franchise in Tampa during my youth. I grew up loving the Bucs even though most of the time they sucked. I was a child and did not have the intellect to dissect the futility of the franchise. Now, the youth of Tampa have the Rays and Lightning to be fans of as well as the Bucs. When I was a kid, I did not watch hockey or baseball. It was 100% football and 100% Bucs. With the exciting and successful product that the Lightning provide, I am wondering if more and more of the younger generation is going to be primarily hockey /Lightning fans? That my not bode well for the Bucs. I enjoy hockey now that I have been exposed to it and understand the game which was not the case as a kid however due to what made an impression on me as a kid, I will always first and foremost be a Bucs fan. Yes, I get angry and frustrated leading me to vent and even think I want to throw in the towel but I know I never can actually do it. The youth here have other teams to become passionate about though and I think it is easy for them to lose interest in the Bucs because lets be honest, they suck and are boring to watch. I am not even engaged in the Bucs vs Jags. Yes I will watch it but even IF the Bucs somehow pull off an upset and win a home game, it is not going to make me feel better about our current season. It won’t mean anything more than us not finishing with a worse record than last year. Sad times!!!! I WISH THIS TEAM WOULD GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER!!!!!

  11. Erik with Clean Athletics Says:

    Unfortunately, I’m afraid the Bucs are going to end up forever being known as ‘The team that passed on Marcus Mariota’.

    Joes, Lovie, & Licht are horrible talent evaluators for the QB position.

  12. Howard Cosell Says:

    It still has entertainment value: Can’t look away train-wreck
    type entertainment. Like watching Kanye at an awards ceremony.
    The Glazers suck. It would be fine with me if those little weasels
    took their team and moved to Greenland or England or wherever.
    At least we would have closure and could move on with our
    sports fan lives.

  13. bucrightoff Says:

    Without a doubt that 3 on 3 OT for the Lightning last night was more exciting than anything from the Bucs in years. If the Glazers sell Jeff Vinik would be the ideal owner to buy, the Lightning are truly not just a model NHL franchise but a model sports franchise across all leagues.

  14. Buccfan37 Says:

    No team of another sport will ever surpass the Bucs fandom in the Tampa Bay area. Looks like the Bucs are going to have to come back in the second half to beat the Jags. On another note, look how all the home teams have lost so far in the MLB playoffs.

  15. Jeff Says:

    Let’s fact it folks, both teams are equally untalented. Jags have a better coach so I gove the nod to Jax. Jags 24 – Bucs 17. Martin won’t break 50 yards against this D. Jax will Jam the box and make Winston throw picks. I wonder if Lovie will consider throwing on First Down this week? Jax would NEVER expect that!

  16. Waterboy Says:

    Time for the offense to step up and start scoring TD’s and capitalizing on turnover that the defense has given them instead of depending on field goals.

  17. Howard Cosell Says:

    Go Lightning! Epic!
    Go Joe Madden and the Cubs! Super epic!!

    Go Panthers! That’s a proud, well-built team!
    Go Packers! My family is from that area!

  18. Howard Cosell Says:

    Fool me once: Shame on you.
    Fool me twice: Shame on me.
    Fool me since 2007? Yeah, I’m a freakin retard.

  19. Buccfan37 Says:

    Expect the unexpected, the law of averages say the home losing streak stops Sunday. Go Bucs!

  20. Tim Says:

    Maybe this would be more fun if we all just accepted that this team will be a permanent national joke, kind of like the Washington generals. Then, we could watch the lightning and the rays for our competitive fix and watch the yucks for laughs.

  21. Stevek Says:

    Beat the Jaguars, at home, in your 21st game as head coach, or GTFO of Tampa and back to your underachieving nostalgic basement!!!!

  22. OAR Says:

    idontwanttohearitanymore says
    “Sounds like a “trap game” for the Bucs.”

    Ha….You spelled crap wrong!
    I think they should change the motto from “Seize the Day!” to “Seizure Day!”

  23. 813bucboi Says:

    the bucs dont have any trap games..every game is a must win…the d has been playing pretty good lately…hopefully we can put together a great team performance and win a home game for crying out loud…GO BUCS!!!

  24. kgh4life Says:

    I have a very bad feeling about this game. Its a game the Bucs should win, but knowing their history I say they will lose. They make these good to mediocre QBs look like hall of famers: Nike Foles, Ryan Mallet and Teddy Bridgewater. This coaching staff can’t seem to put guys in position to succeed. Blake Bortles has tremendous talent, and the Bucs defense is right for the picking. After this game Lovie Smith’s job should be on the “hot seat”.

  25. Rob Says:

    You mean to tell me that “America’s turnover machine” may be directly responsible for the Buccaneer offense getting off to a slow start? You mean throwing a pick six on the first pass in two separate home games may have caused us to get off to a slow start and result in losses. Take care of the #$&*@? football and everything will be fine. Go Bucs!

  26. BlogTalkFootball Says:

    Jags have won 4 straight against the Bucs.

  27. Howard Cosell Says:

    The Glazers must be really proud of this comments section.
    Oh wait! That would imply that they care. Never mind.

  28. Brent Says:

    Bottles threw 17 picks in like 15 games as a rookie. Jameis has 7 in 4 games. He’s on pace to throw 28. I think we need to reign him in a little. He didn’t just have a bad game last week he single handedly lost the game with 5 turnovers. As for Lovie, can anyone say were a better team since he got here? We’re 3-17. Some guy said were getting better? We’ve lost to the titans and texans 2 awful teams.. We’re 1-3 with the easiest schedule in the nfl.. Get a win this week would be huge. 2-3 with a bye would be great. A loss would mean the seasons over 5 games in!!!

  29. Pick6 Says:

    i have to make sure i get to my seats in time for kickoff sunday. the last 2 games i’ve settled in a couple game minutes into the first quarter and thus 100% of the football i’ve watched from my seats involved the bucs being down at least 2 scores. they’re guaranteed to be tied until the ball is kicked off, i’d like to see that

  30. MRSA Says:

    Both teams are so bad, this will be the NFL’s 1st tie of the year! Neither team is capable of finding a way to win.

  31. bucsbedabest Says:

    Welcome to the Super Dull VVII Jaguars vs Buccaneers. This game means so much more to the Bucs. What I mean is that they may not get another chance to win a game this year. The game begins and ends with Jameis Winston. My game plan would be to put Mike Glennon in for the first series only. That way we are guaranteed not to have a pick six or a fumble on the first play? Winston needs to show that he has the potential to be our franchise QB. There are so many doubters waiting for him to fail and for all the fans who stand by him, he needs to bring us to victory.

  32. mike Johnson Says:

    Our BUCS have a penchant for..Making bad teams look like giant killers. So although I am optimistic..I’m not sure..we will beat the JAGS. If our Defense shows up and we can keep Winstons throws down in the 1st qtr, we got a chance. I would love to just see our Defense ball out and play like Mad Dogs for once Ok..so I’m trippin. Its sad when You turn on the Bucs to watch. Its like Holloween. What team is gonna show up. We are steadily losing what little fan base we have. ESPN just skipped over us, laugh and flashed..Jaguars on prediction screen. Can we get one win in Ray Jay? Just one?

  33. Buccfan37 Says:

    Lovie’s expansion team trying to erase the home goose egg. This should be good.

  34. Strider.... Sec 146 Says:

    Jameis you need to sign my jersey Sunday!!!! go Bucs

  35. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Yes I will watch it but even IF the Bucs somehow pull off an upset and win a home game, it is not going to make me feel better about our current season.

    Wanna bet? You know it will! You’re a Buc’s fan. It’s all you have. Two weeks to savor the rare home win!!!