Dumbfounding Cardinals Mistake Puts Bucs Within One Win Of Tie For Homefield Advantage

October 29th, 2021

What a fun game. What a crazy last three minutes. And the Bucs (6-1) are now one win away from being tied with the best record in the NFC.

And with that record would come a bye week and home field advantage in the playoffs. That’s because Rasul Douglas of the Packers picked off a Kyler Murray pass last night in the end zone with 12 seconds left to seal a 24-21 Packers win handing the Cardinals their first loss of the year.

The Cardinals drop to 7-1, tied with the Packers. The Bucs and the Rams are currently a half-game behind.

In a head-to-head tiebreaker, the Bucs would get edged out by the Rams after losing to them three weeks ago. But the Bucs are very much in the hunt for home field advantage and a coveted bye week to start the playoffs.

The Cardinals looked sure to send the game into overtime with a chip shot field goal or perhaps a touchdown to win it. And it appeared a win was about to happen when Murray threw right at Arizona wideout A.J. Green who was open. For some reason, Green never looked for the ball. Douglas was then in position to pick the ball off and seal a Packers win,.

Joe confesses to feeling sort of sleazy rooting for the Packers, but you have to do what you have to do. Joe is all-in pulling for the Bucs to get home field advantage even if that means putting on a dirty pair of briefs and hoping the Packers get a win.

19 Responses to “Dumbfounding Cardinals Mistake Puts Bucs Within One Win Of Tie For Homefield Advantage”

  1. Buc1987 Says:

    True. It sucked rooting for the Packers, but whatever.

  2. Medicated Pete Says:

    That 4th Qtr was crazy. I’ve never seen the last 5min of a game go like that.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I agree Joe, I hated that the packers won a game, but I’m glad they did on this. Also, the medicated “realist” wasn’t the first to post in this this one 😂

  4. Patrianakos Says:

    1) Picking a nit here, I know, but LA owns the tiebreaker over us only if they win the West. If the Cardinals win (and they still win the tiebreaker with LA, for the time being), then the Rams are locked into the #5 seed.
    2) I am no longer all that worried about Arizona. At least until and unless JJ Watt returns, they can be run on.
    3) 4th and goal from 14 inches out: Go for it, sure, what good is a 6-point lead? But running a play from the shotgun? When you’ve been running the ball all night? Right up there with That Field Goal, if you ask me.

  5. JA Says:

    Home field advantage?
    The Packers and Cardinals have nine games remaining and the Bucs and Rams have ten. The Cowboys, another team with one loss (Bucs) has eleven. In other words, the season isn’t half over for any team.
    The last thing people should be saying is: “If the playoffs started today …”
    Talk about putting the cart before the horse!
    With injuries and key head to head contests looming for each team, I have a feeling the logjam at the top in this “any given Sunday” league will work itself out by whittling down the combatant list.
    The Bucs should be thinking about getting in and out of Bourbon Street with a win and healing during the bye week before game planning for Washington.
    In the end, I realize inane chatter like this is fun for some media and fans. But until Week 14 or 15, all talk about home field advantage is just hot air.
    Don’t know about you but I prefer to enjoy the ride by savoring each week. Before we know it the games will be gone and another six months of waiting will begin. Why rush it?

    Anybody remember last month when the hot air balloons had the 3-4 Panthers as new king of the NFC South after a 3-0 start?

  6. Roy T. Buford Says:

    All the talk of Kyler Murray being NFL MVP…he clearly did not have a great night. Short of a few scrambles he made using his feet and speed, his play (especially throwing the ball) looked an awful lot watching Jameis Winston. Overthrows, inaccurate passes, bad decisions. However that last play looked like his receiver took a wrong turn…thank goodness.

    I went to bed thinking neither the Rams nor the Cards are all that great…but the Packers are definitely getting stronger.

  7. Man Child Says:

    Fluff Piece

  8. dmatt Says:

    Packers ran at will on Cardinals defense. However, Cardinals have a one two punch with Edmond Chase n rookie Rondell Moore. Moore is explosive. Let’s not forget DHop made one big play then was outta of the game. Had he remained in the game the pass to Green in the end zone would’ve gone to DHop n with the chemistry he has with Murray it would’ve been…checkmate, Cardinals, it’s a wrap.

  9. Bruce Blahak Says:

    just keep winning…..

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The Packers have a brutal schedule remaining against the Chiefs, Ravens, Rams & 2 vs the Vikings….
    The Rams & Cardinals play each other……The Cowboys have the easiest schedule but they do play the Cardinals.

    We just need to take care of our own business though…

  11. Joshua porter Says:

    Watching that game last night I thought to myself is darn we can beat both these teams . Lol

  12. Ed Says:

    That was a surprise ending for sure. So strange hoping Green Bay would win but hardly ever felt like rooting for them.

    Give credit to the Packers game plan, they slowed the game down to a crawl by running the ball and converting short passes. At no point in the game did Rodgers try and force the ball downfield. They also played exceptional defense.

    I think by keeping Murray in the pocket and pressuring him, his passing accuracy looked shaky.

    If that’s an indication of how the Cardinals will play in prime time games then the rest of the season isn’t going to be a cakewalk to a high seed in the playoffs.

  13. Cobraboy Says:

    I read Murray got hurt. What happened?

  14. Tackleblockwin Says:

    The Packers last night didn’t have their top 3 WRs playing. They executed a really good game plan. On the Packers last drive I think they should have just run the ball every snap instead of trying to pass.

  15. View from 132 Says:

    That was Malcolm Butler all over again. What the hell was AZ doing?

  16. Infomeplease Says:

    The Bucs need to take care of business Sunday!!!! With free agency and all , there is way more parity in the NFC. Should be an interesting December this year!! GO BUCS!!

  17. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    JA – Agreed !!

  18. Buc and roll Says:

    It is fun watching the competition play and beat each other up

    Can’t wait for that rams cowboys game that will complete the merry go round of the only 5 NFC teams

    including the Bucs

    capable of emerging from the national football conference into the Super 🏈 Bowl

    Tampa Bay plays Buffalo in December

    but you can’t really worry too much about the afc until the Big Bowl

  19. Mike Johnson Says:

    Pack was real lucky to come away with that one. Cards blew it. Let
    the fun began.