Comeback Kids

September 13th, 2019

First Bucs win.

When Stinking Panthers kicker Joey Slye kicked a 51-yard field goal to give Carolina a 12-10 lead, Joe had flashbacks.

When have you seen the Bucs come from behind and win, much less on the road, much less against a division foe? We’ve seen it too often, this movie. Take a lead, give it up, and fold like a tent.

Well, the Bucs won. And per Jenna Laine of ESPN, it was a rarity.

Promising trend: The Bucs ended a seven-game road losing streak against the Panthers. They also managed to do something they haven’t done much of in the last 10 years — they found a way to come back from a deficit. From 2009 through Week 1 of 2019, they were 36-105 when trailing at any point in a game. Granted they only trailed by three points — when the Panthers hit their second field goal to make it 6-3 in the second quarter — but for a team that has struggled to get out of its own way, this was an important step.

There is so much to like about this game. The Bucs went old school smashmouth football on offense and lights out on defense.

But coming from behind on a short week, on the road, after an embarrassing loss, when the offense was just so-so and the Panthers had plenty of weapons, wow.

Friends, that is impressive.

The dawn of a new era?

20 Responses to “Comeback Kids”

  1. BetterBucFan Says:

    Historically about 41% of 1-1 teams have made the playoffs.

  2. LOVE BUCs Says:

    Report: Dolphins grant Minkah Fitzpatrick permission to seek trade —-Jason, Dial the phone!!!!

  3. Lamarcus Says:

    Dawn of new era? Hope so man. 2 games in a row. The pass rush you wanted Joe and Vh3 stepping up Gholston returns as a elite run stopper with Suh and Vea and probably the rookie of the year for Bucs so far Anthony Nelson out of nowhere

  4. Bucanole Says:

    Bring the rain you sh!t fans

  5. lambchop Says:

    @LOVE BUCs,

    Miami is asking for a 1st rounder in 2020. Pipe dream. Ain’t happening.

  6. Cannon Says:

    Good defense and a solid running game can get us far in the NFL.

  7. FortMyersDave Says:

    Yeah Lambchop is right, the Dolphins price is way too high for the Bama kid and even if they were not asking so much and the value was there you know some other GM would beat Licht to the punch!

  8. Buc1987 Says:

    BetterBucFan…how about 2-1?

  9. Tony LA Says:

    Let the negative whiny Buc fans crawl back into their dark corners to cry alone, this coaching staff is legit and the D has not looked this solid in quite some time.

  10. adam from ny Says:

    coach was def zoning out tonight…

    that double time out move…

    not challenging a spot late in game…

    scratching his badonkadonk on national tv…


  11. Discobeef Says:

    Can anyone remind me what the last time the bucs one a primetime game was? Seems like it has been nearly a decade.

    It was a sloppy win and there’s lots of room for improvement, but the defense was actually fun to watch tonight. I can’t remember the last time I felt that way tbh.

  12. Sport Says:

    This game was pretty easy to call. The Panthers are overrated. Cam is a more expensive version of JW- inconsistent and inaccurate.

    I am super proud of JW for protecting the ball and taking a few sacks. I truly felt like he is learning. Those plays were a huge contributor to our win.

    Go Bucs!

    In BA I Trust!

  13. Defense Rules Says:

    Yes Joe, this could very well be the start of a new era (HOPEFULLY) IF the Bucs’ offense can get on-track. They were SUPPOSED to be the strength of this team, but thus far have looked VERY pedestrian. Putting 30 points on the board (3 TDs & 3 FGs) in TWO games isn’t acceptable by any standard. Neither is directly giving up 16 points (2 TDs & 1 safety) in TWO games. Offensive performances like that might be good enough to get us yet another 5-11 record, but that’s probably a best-case-scenario.

    I love winning as much as anyone, but the only real offensive progress I saw last night was NOT turning the ball over. Seriously, that should be our EXPECTATION not a cause for jubilation. This offense shouldn’t be allowing ANY points and should be scoring AT LEAST 24-25 PPG. Last night’s game is a good one to build on, but a LOT of improvement is still needed. Fortunately the season is young, but time will tell.

  14. Tval Says:

    Oh HUSH, “defense”. 🙈🙈😂😂 you play complementary ball to win. Something willie Taggart needs to learn. No need in playing run-n-shoot with a defense playing well. That’s how you lose. This teams “offense” was it’s strength? Really? With a swinging-gate offensive line THIS offense is lucky to have a freaking touchdown. Just let the haters bask in this one.

  15. Bobby M. Says:

    Bucs won with Winston managing the game……His stats were “meh” but the team excelled. That’s the formula for us….Its not sexy on the highlight reels but its effective in the win column. Fans would rather see the team win vs one player rack up meaningless stats. This is Blake Bortles 2.0 with the Jags…..Jags were very competitive when Bortles minimized turnovers. I see the same with the Bucs, our defense is legit this year, we’ll be in games if Winston doesn’t give the game away trying to save every play.

  16. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    Remember the preseason when BA said it was important that this team learn how to win these games. 3-1 actually meant something to him.

    He also said the team should have been 4-0 if he hadn’t screwed up.

    Gump should offer the Phins a 2nd rounder just make sure you get the correct Fitzpatrick.

  17. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Baby steps, Dr
    First they had to get JW to play a Turnover free game.
    Next step IMO, is to stop being so conservative on second and short.We wern’t very effective moving the chains on second down running the ball,so time to call play action or other passes to get the higher percentage first downs on second down.

  18. orlbucfan Says:

    Bucs’ strength has always been their defense. Example: Tony Dungy’s now-legendary Tampa 2. But, even before that one. Look at the 1979 Bucs. Sure as h3ll wasn’t the offense.

  19. 813bucboi Says:

    Coaching makes all the difference….

    Putting players in position to be successful is what Byron and Todd did last night…..

    Dirk…smitty…gmc have been exposed….


  20. widerightandleft Says:

    What really gets to me is the national media.Last week when the stinking Panthers played the Rams it was all about how awesome the Rams are and how the Panthers almost made a grand comeback.
    Watching this morning its all about how newtons foot ,arm ,blah blah blah are not right and the Bucs were fortunate to beat them.
    Talking about Mccaffery only touching the ball 11 times! maybe because he was getting shut down from his usual 12 and 15 yard runs is the reason .Sick of the national media. Goooo Young Bucs !