Buccaneers 31, Atlanta 24

September 11th, 2016



The Bucs didn’t get the fast start Dirk Koetter wanted desperately, but they sure found a rousing second wind.

Wow! All indications pointed to Koetter opening up the offense, and he sure did.

Mike Evans left his K-Y hands in 2015. Evans was a beast — five catches for 99 yards and a touchdown. He also had his man beat by three yards in the end zone, but America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, missed him on the Bucs’ first drive.

Jameis settled down in a huge way, spreading four touchdown throws around to Brandon Myers, Evans, Charles Sims and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. And how about ASJ. His 30-yard TD grab was right out of the manbeast playbook.

The run defense was stout. The pass defense was bad, and the pass rush was inconsistent. But it doesn’t matter one bit when you win.

Gerald McCoy earned his money when it mattered.

Savor it, Tampa Bay. Your Bucs are 1-0!

Stick with Joe all afternoon and evening for savage postgame coverage. Joe is live in Atlanta, plus Tampa Bay’s Hall of Fame voter, eye-RAH Kaufman, will be weighing in.

63 Responses to “Buccaneers 31, Atlanta 24”

  1. buc89 Says:


  2. Alabamabucsman Says:

    We won fellas it feels good to be a winner on opening day when was the last time that freaking happened

  3. Bird Says:

    Where are the Gerald McCoy haters at?

  4. GO BUCS Says:

    GO BUCS……

  5. Buc1987 Says:

    NEVER and I mean NEVER listen to Bonzai!

    Who gets the game ball? Dirk, Jameis or GMC?

  6. LargoBuc Says:

    That was a great party!

  7. Broy34 Says:

    McCoy and Kwon dominated. Well played offensively no doubt.

  8. Buc1987 Says:

    Are you partying in the Georgia Dome Jeagan?

  9. This Guy Right Here Says:

    “Who gets the game ball? Dirk, Jameis or GMC?”

    It’s a threeway!

  10. Alabamabucsman Says:

    Did gmc save the game on that 4th down I had to read the stats off of nfl website๐Ÿ˜ก

  11. Jason Says:

    Just like I told my wife earlier: “This is fun!!!” Go Bucs!!!

  12. Buc1987 Says:

    Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, sometimes I get a good feeling, yeah
    I get a feeling that I never never never never had before, no no
    I get a good feeling, yeah
    Oh oh, sometimes I get a good feeling, yeah
    I get a feeling that I never never never never had before, no no
    I get a good feeling, yeah

  13. DB55 Says:

    8-1 on opening day

    Great play by GMC to end the game.

    Kwon 17 tackles

    Jameis 4 TDs

  14. unbelievable Says:

    McCoy kwon LVD and Ayers were the stars on defense. They faded in the 2nd half but came on strong when it mattered most.

    The defense is going to take time to get on the same page.

    Mike smith also takes a lot of gambles with his blitz happy scheme so we as fans have to be prepared for that.

    Offense is looking good and it’s only week 1. Wooooo! Go Bucs

  15. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Savor it, Tampa Bay. Your Bucs are 1-0!

    And we’re in first place in the NFC South!

    It’s the NFL…ANY win is a good win. I thought the D played very well except for the obvious miscommuncations that resulted in those big bombs.

    Smitty will fix that. This D will be good!

  16. Mojiska Says:

    Mccoy had 4th quarter plays! Kwon was everywhere! Jameis had options, and took advantage of that. Martin always able to move the ball late when we needed to burn time (mademail them use 3 timeouts and got past the 2 min warning. Game ball goes to Kotter, made adjustments and utilized what he had to come away with the win.

  17. Buc1987 Says:

    All hail the Messiah!

  18. lurker Says:

    turncoats and gmc haters need not reply!

  19. The Buc Realist Says:

    Congrats to Head Coach Koetter!!!!!

    When was the last time the Bucs won an opening of the season game??? Great start!!! And this game shows that there is a lot to work on, But Already you can tell what the Better coaching is doing for this team!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Defense Rules Says:

    Predicted Bucs win 31-24 … but that was way too close. Defense stood up though, especially our LBs (they must’ve had close to 30 tackles among them).

  21. tmaxcon Says:

    Great Game!@ so much to like. room for improvement obviously but lot’s of play makers today.

    i’ll gladly eat my GMC sh** sandwich with pride. he played a great game. 15 more to go

    Great catches by ASJ and Evans too… .

  22. lurker Says:

    jameis christ

  23. Dreambig Says:

    Time for props to GMC. He had a sac, at least one or two tackles for a loss, and at least 2 blocked passes. The last to secure the Win. Great game for GMC!

  24. Tbbucs3 Says:

    1-0 now beat those Saints Raiders!!

  25. This Guy Right Here Says:

    Dirk, Jameis & GMC = Our Holy Trinity!

  26. Buc1987 Says:

    “Iโ€™ll gladly eat my GMC sh** sandwich with pride. he played a great game. 15 more to go..”

    Tmax….Ha ha ha I got the mayo….

  27. This Guy Right Here Says:

    Something Special In The Air Folks!!!!!!!!!

  28. Buc1987 Says:

    Bucs fans….we now HAVE a franchise QB.

  29. This Guy Right Here Says:

    It took me 6 years, but Im finally comin around to GMC!!! He’s healthy, and he’s makin plays on money downs!!! THIS IS WHAT WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!!!

  30. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Props to you Tmax! This very time last year I had to eat the sandwich after debating you and Realist for months about Lovie.

    I respect your opinions all the more because you man up when they don’t turn out exactly right. Opinions always mean more from somebody who can be objective.

  31. Rojas Says:

    VH3 made a mistake on the Julio TD, but other than that he had a good game ! Spence was getting held in my opinion, got some nice pressure on the qb. Verner played poorly. Let Hey Jude or Banks play more.

  32. dooshlarue Says:

    I’m a GMC basher.
    But thank you Gerald for the game winning play!
    Keep it up.

  33. Buc1987 Says:

    I think the Raiders just tied it up

  34. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:


  35. Buc1987 Says:

    It’s 34-33 Saints but I don’t know if they missed the extra pt.

  36. Rojas Says:

    Raiders up by one !

  37. Buc1987 Says:

    Raiders 35 Saints 34

  38. NonyaDamnBucsiness Says:

    Can you say soul possession of 1st place?

  39. Boise Buc Says:

    Come on Raiders!

  40. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Yeah 87 I’m watching the end of this one on Direct.

    BTW I give the game ball to Dirk simply because it’s his first game as an NFL coach. #3 and GMC have gotten and will get many more game balls,.

  41. martinii Says:


    How did Pablo know ASJ would catch a TD pass???

  42. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    61 yard FG attempt for the SAints….sole possession of first place baby.

    Just wide left…..gotta hve some luck and I’m feeling good.

  43. Pickgrin Says:

    Way to create the win on the road Bucs.

    Congrats to coach Koetter. 1st of MANY NFL head coaching wins

  44. Buc1987 Says:

    Raiders WIN!

    How bout them LONE first place Bucs?

  45. SCBucsFan Says:

    Raiders won too. Number 1 in the division baby.

  46. lurker Says:

    raiders win! we r alone at the top

  47. NonyaDamnBucsiness Says:

    Feels damned good! Smokin my after win cigar with a nice Fat Tire Ale

  48. Buc1987 Says:

    Smiles all around today.

  49. Buccfan37 Says:

    The Bucs are in 1st place in their division through next weeks games.

  50. Greg Says:


  51. Dave Says:

    Pass d and pass rush were inconsistent but very good one it counted, stops for FGs and at the end of the game.
    They are all new with a new scheme, only going to get better.
    The offense was great but even they went missing for a bit. Got a little conservative after getting up 31-13.
    New Coaches just like the players, they’ll get better and more consistent.

    Great win!! Skies the limit

  52. Buccaneer Gnome Says:

    And we lead the NFC South!!!

  53. wesley Says:

    Why is Chris Conte on this team still?

  54. VaBuc Says:

    Our safties are SUSPECT MCdummy and injury prone Conte smh they blew coverages allll day idk what the heck Verner be doing

  55. The bucfan 88 Says:

    i was at the game Jameis looked sharp in the second quarter throwing dart but what I’m more impressed with is the fact it was so loud in that dome when he had the ball and he threw 4 TD pass to 4 different rec that’s crazy I thought he was going for 5 TD

  56. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Buc1987 Says
    “NEVER and I mean NEVER listen to Bonzai!”

    I am happily eating crow!


    ca caw ca caw

  58. Buc1987 Says:

    lol I knew you’d like that.

  59. celly Says:

    @The Bucfan88

    I was in the dome, too!!!

    I was SO impressed with our first drive of the second half. We needed to score going into the half and DEFINITELY needed to score coming-out of the half.

  60. Pete Mitchell Says:

    Man, what a game! The first three draft picks Mr Licht ever made all scored touchdowns, his no 1 overall QB played like an all pro, his fourth round steel of a linebacker got the job done. His fingerprints were all over this game.

    But the biggest takeaway from this game was the teams attitude. The mental toughness the guys displayed today was excellent. Highlighted by Mike Evans knowing when to walk away and keep his cool.

    The back end of the secondary was suspect and the team needs another run stuffing DT to rotate through. Atlanta is a bad team, but we beat them on the road. Can’t wait to see how are guys plays in Arizona next week!


  61. The bucfan 88 Says:

    And guys as for the defense I a work in progress well get better with time

  62. orlbucfan Says:

    Man, is my chest swollen out in pride! What a game! I was watching the clock like crazy in the 4th. I had the sound on a radio broadcast, and POX on the tube. It was almost a simulcast. Brother Gene D. and Dave Moore were in fine form, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    No more GMC dissing from you guys. It’s wrong and uncalled for. He didn’t have 2 OL behemoths hanging on him on every play. Look at the result. Hope Licht doesn’t get a stroke when he jumps in the pool. LOL. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Go MIGHTY BUCS (somehow) IN AZ!!

  63. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Time to shock the world in AZ!