Bucs Now Tied For First

October 13th, 2020

“I’m still kicking, Tommy.”

Thanks to the Bucs playing a dreadful game in Chicago, and the slimy Saints refusing to quit last night on Monday Night Football, your Buccaneers are now tied for first place in the NFC South.

Either one could say the Los Angeles Chargers choked last night, or Drew Brees awoke from a slumber.

Just when it appeared social media was ready to put Brees out to pasture, he began slicing apart Los Angeles’ defense like a guy at the Publix deli counter slicing pastrami.

The Chargers at one point, behind the arm of rookie sensation Justin Herbert, led 20-3. Only once prior to last night has Brees in his days with the Saints won a game when trailing by 17.

The Chargers had a chance to win it on the final play of regulation but a fraud kicker who glosses himself with the trademark “Money Badger” clanged a 50-yard field goal attempt off the right upright to send the game into overtime.

“Money,” huh? So the dude is worth a plug nickel?

The Saints escape pulls them into a tie with the Bucs and Stinking Panthers for the NFC South lead. As Joe typed yesterday, if the way the Bucs played at Chicago Thursday night is any indication, this team better set its sights on a division title. The Bucs, based on Thursday, in no way can bank on a wild card berth.

The division is a three-way tie for first with the Stinking Panthers creeping up on the Bucs and slimy Saints, winning three in a row since losing to the Bucs last month.

22 Responses to “Bucs Now Tied For First”

  1. ElioT Says:

    Herbert is a stud.

    LAC is a darn good football team.

    It’s a long season.

    Let’s geaux kick the crap outta the Saints.

    Go Bucs!!!!

  2. ElioT Says:

    That Kamara catch was freakish!

    However, that catch by Williams was unreal.

    It was a great NFL game.

  3. ElioT Says:

    There’s one thing us Bucs fans have in common…

    It’s never easy!

    A-Rodg is going down.

  4. Joe Says:


    Yes, it was a really fun game to watch.

    Until that field goal attempt hit the upright at the end of regulation. 🤦‍♂️

  5. REDZONE BA Says:

    Are the Panthers 3-2 as well? 3 way tie? With the Falcons bringing up the rear at 0-5?

  6. ElioT Says:

    I know Joe!!!

    I think I went full Homer Simpson on that one “dohhh!”

    But what do we know about kickers (and just about every other position) blowing a game? Lol

    Nobody knows futility like Bucs fans.

    I’m pretty sure I’ve never been the same since that Colts/Dungy comeback in ‘03.

    We’ve all been through a lot boys.

    But at the end of the day it’s not our fault win or lose.

    Go Bucs bring it on NFC South and anyone else.

  7. REDZONE BA Says:

    Not sure we should overlook Panthers based on pre-season analysis. Matt Rhule has Stinking Panthers rolling w/o Christian M. Might be too focused on Saints and Brees.

  8. Joe Says:

    I think I went full Homer Simpson on that one “dohhh!”

    LOL Same!

  9. ElioT Says:

    “Why you little!!!” – strangling Bart.

    Ahhh… That show was a huge building block in my sense of humor. Thank goodness.

  10. ElioT Says:

    With that said…

    The Saints aren’t the juggernaut everyone likes to make them seem.

    Thomas (Teammate puncher) and Kamara are getting beat down.

    That Taysom Hill gimmick crap is going to Bite them sooner or later.

    They’ll trade Winston for a king’s ransom before the deadline, but Jameis is a real NFL QB.

    – and what is with Brees licking his fingers over and over?

    COVID aside, that’s freaking gross!!!

  11. Joe Says:

    That Taysom Hill gimmick crap is going to Bite them sooner or later.

    Couldn’t believe the Chargers got fooled on that touchdown run. Everybody in the country knew Hill was going to run it. No one in their right mind would pull Brees for Hill to throw it when they were in the red zone.

  12. ElioT Says:

    Payton’s got some stones, that’s for sure.

    I can’t stand the Saints and like to bash them, and at the same time I’m jealous as they’ve had so much consistent success.

    I still think we pound them in Tampa this year. It’s coming!

    …I think.

    Good night, Go Bucs!!!

  13. ModHairKen Says:

    Game of inches.

  14. Defense Rules Says:

    “This team better set its sights on a division title.” Got a hunch there’s more delusion in there than there is optimism. Despite us being beaten up, the Bucs’ real weakness right now is COACHING. We lost the Bears game IMO because of COACHING. We could’ve easily lost the Chargers game because of COACHING.

    This coaching staff’s problem is that they refuse to take advantage of their strengths to minimize their weaknesses. And we’re guilty of that on both offense and defense.

    Offensively the Bucs are so tied to some ‘vision’ of being a dominant passing team that we obviously can’t see what’s staring us right in the face … Bucs can become a dominant running team if they would only, oh ya, run the friggin ball. BA & BL are so married to the passing game with a 43-year-old statue pulling the trigger (at 64% completions on the season) that we’re missing out on being able to pound our opponents into submission by running the ball down their throats.

    RoJo & Fournette together are averaging 4.9 yds per run, and they’re being quite consistent in their rushing yardage, running behind an OLine that’s been primarily been asked to pass-protect. Vaughn & McCoy haven’t touched the ball enough yet to know what they can do behind this OLine, but I suspect each can hold their own rushing. Of course, all of them could surely do even better if the Bucs’ offensive coaches showed a little creativity in play-calling WHEN we run the ball. But I digress …

    Defensively the fixes are easier IMO … get back to playing smashmouth football. Opposing QBs are passing-at-will, and there’s no excuse for that. Opponents are running the ball against us (22 runs/58 yards per game average) even LESS than we are 24 runs/99 yards per game average). Easy to understand why; our defense is giving up over 70% completions, most of them short. That’s bull; we’re much better at pass defense than that. We showed that against the Saints & the Broncos (both games allowing UNDER 200 yds passing), and for much of the Panthers game (til we started going soft). We need to be much more aggressive.

  15. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Many ways to analyze our offense inability to put away games and allow teams to stay in the game. IMO, the team is not yet good enough to sustain an 80 yard drive at 5 yards a clip. Thats 16 plays ,and in that time team commits too many penalties or mistakes to sustain enough drives . That said ,we need to also be more effective in the passing game in the second half. The O line faltered and Brady wasn’t very crisp with his passes. Also in order for ROJO to be a better three down back, he needs to more dependable in the passing game. You only
    have to watch plays like the catch Alvin Kamara came up with last night to see how much a
    a RB with good hands can help an offense.
    DR’s got a point on coaching . Settling for 3 points late in the fourth at the eleven yard line with a yard to go for a first down is a good example. No risk,
    no biscuit as it turned out.

  16. 813bucboi Says:

    coaching is correct….

    imo, it more about being discipline…well coached teams are discipline….they dont beat themselves….we’ve had too many drive stopped because of pre snap penalties offensively or drives extended defensively due to penalties…..

    cleaner football would go a long way….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  17. Defense Rules Says:

    Bob in Valrico … RoJo’s not great catching the ball out of the backfield, but he’s not terrible either (probably average for the league). Can’t wait until Fournette gets back 100% because he’s been a beast during his career. And McCoy is no slouch either, especially as a pass receiver. Vaughn is still a question mark, but my gut tells me he’s gonna surprise a lot of people.

    Now if our coaches could just figure out how to use all that talent.

  18. 813bucboi Says:

    gotta disagree DR

    mccoy is washed…
    fournette is banged up….
    vaughn is still learning(missed a bunch a time in the offseason)….
    rojo has proven to be a rushing work horse but a pass catching liability….

    sure rojo can “catch” when no one is around him but are gimmes….

    the most talented RB is fournette and its hard to “use” him when he’s out…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  19. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Agree with Fournette and Shady, but they but their readiness is in question. I would rate ROJO as fair to this point as a pass catcher, and as for Vaugn, If he turns out to be the pass catcher of two weeks ago,then I think he just might surpass ROJO in that area in the not too distant future.

  20. DBS Says:

    32- yes but the Saints have the game over us. We have the game over the Panthers. Still to early in the season But the charger were not the pushover everyone thought they were now were they?

  21. DBS Says:

    ^ 3-2

  22. unbelievable Says:

    Bucs are not tied.

    The Saints beat us. Therefore they win the tie breaker.