Loss Could Be A Major Positive

October 31st, 2021

If the Bucs didn’t think their crap stunk before today’s game leading into the Week 9 bye, now they know.

And good coaching will take advantage.

If there was a shred of a Super Bowl hangover at One Buc Palace, which their didn’t appear to be, then now it’s out in the open. The Bucs have been hammered on the road by the Rams and the Saints.

Tampa Bay has work to do. They were road warriors through the playoffs last season, but something has shifted.

Maybe it’s wild crowd noise like they got in Los Angeles and New Orleans? Discipline and effort are critical to overcome those conditions.

Anyone like the Bucs’ combined discipline and effort today at the Superdome?

Joe knows the team can’t win every game. They just wrapped up a 16-game, bye-week-to-bye-week run at 14-2.

But now it’s November and there is no room for error to achieve what this old Bucs team needs desperately in a 17-game season — the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

Tom Brady has been here before and knows what to do, and Bucco Bruce Arians now has smooth sailing to crack his whip like a wild man over the bye week.

Maybe, just maybe, that’s better than the Bucs feeling great about themselves at 7-1 and doing a bunch of national interviews over the next two weeks.

59 Responses to “Loss Could Be A Major Positive”

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    You were out-coached again by Sean Payton old man

    ……………must hurt knowing you cannot beat the same team in regular season??????

    Especially when the other team is playing a THIRD STRING QB!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Stop worrying about the number #1 seed and just win your division. Let the chips fall where they may.

  3. Medicated Pete Says:

    Mike Evans alligator arms cost is the game. Watch the 2nd to last play again on offense

  4. Wild Bill Says:

    Stupid fouls cost the Bucs this game. Plus they got out played By Trevor who? You could smell it coming in the first half.

  5. Rod Munch Says:

    Could be a huge plus if it gets the Glazers to up what they’re sending to the refs via Venmo. Right now they’re getting seriously outbid.

  6. Rod Munch Says:

    Medicated Pete – You’re literally a re tard.

    That’s all.

    God bless.

  7. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    For all us old BUCS fan whos watched these bucs over the painful years……..the bucs ALWAYS play down to 2nd and 3rd string QBs…..only the Bucs do this kinda crap historically.

  8. NCalBucsfan Says:

    I’m not upset with this loss… the refs spotted New Orleans 10+ points….
    It’s hard to overcome… could the Bucs play better- yes but on the road it’s always close
    How many offensive or defensive holding calls on New Orleans were called? yet replay showed at least 6 that I counted….. none of the roughing the passer calls were legit….sometimes in the NFL, teams just get screwed and this was one of those times.

  9. SoberInYbor Says:

    Well We are always good for a couple stinkers every year. Still has a chance to win. Defense and penalties YUCK

  10. BucsBro Says:

    Better to lose now than in the playoffs. Like last year.

    I’ll take this over 38-3.

    I still hate Payton and the Aints, though.

    Them getting Ingraham is a solid add for them.

  11. D-Rok Says:

    This was a bad loss, no doubt. Although we showed grit and determination to overcome being down and re-taking the lead, we let the game slip away in the end. Any loss stings, as it does right now, but what may be comforting is that is this very team, all these players and coaches, used the bye last year to fix a bunch of stuff and come out firing in last half of season. Will this year’s bye yield the same results? We shall see, but at least there is precedent. We will be competitive this whole year due to talent alone.

    GO BUCS!! 🙂

  12. Jerry Says:

    It’s not just the #1 seed.
    If the Saints win next week, the Bucs could realistically fall all the way down to the 6th seed in the seedings.

    That loss was huge.
    Conference is too top heavy this year. And we are now behind the entire pack.

  13. BucsBro Says:

    I agree with Pete about Evans on the play before the Pick Six. Not sure he had alligator arms, but it looked like he shorted the route (stopped early or not in spot supposed to be in).

  14. cmurda Says:

    @Anthem. I don’t think anybody was outcoached tonight. That’s not what I call it when the Aints have the ball down 1 with about 4 mins to go. The defense then rolled out the red carpet. That’s on that defense. Make a play and we win the game but instead Devin did whatever he did and the obligatory jump offsides on 3rd and 5 killed this game. We lost this game when there was 5 minutes to go. Brady then proceeded to get careless and tried to rush the game winning drive. Just needed a FG at the end. Didn’t need it all. After all the sloppy play, we had the lead and the ability to squeeze out the Aints but this defense didn’t have what it takes. That needs to be addressed.

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    After 6-2 start last season we were 7-5 & won the SuperBowl……TBBF isn’t worried…..

  16. cmurda Says:

    I meant to say just needed to work the field at the end not FG

  17. Rod Munch Says:

    The Bucs had better make sure they actually get their s— together before they go on the road and lose to the Redskins.

    Before the season, I had them losing that Redskins game, and so far, those projections have been perfect. Yes, the Redskins are playing terrible lately, but if you don’t think they’re going to be going all out, getting revenge for the playoff game, you’re stupid. Even worse, Fitz might be back by then, and against this collection of garbage corners…

  18. SteelStudBuc Says:

    Tough loss… penalties are killing them… hopefully the defensive backs start getting back in the lineup. I like the way the depth guys have played though. It’s a good thing to get them live reps to get their skills up.

  19. Jerry Says:

    We are not going to win 3 straight road playoff games this year with full stadiums. This team is bad on the road.

  20. Zzbuc Says:

    Everybody needs to stop overthinking!!
    Everything is going to be fine!!!
    Some of you are apocalytic!
    Just chill.
    A bad game thats all..

    Long way to go!!

  21. Miller5252 Says:

    This is why division football games are always good to watch. These teams know each other so well and Payton owns Tampa coaches. The Bucs just had the Super Bowl hangover slapped off of em if we’re lucky. All the crappy teams they’ve been playing and looking bad beating them, they needed this. 2 weeks for the coaches to hammer home how to play sound football. You just got shown you’re no longer champs. Get your stuff together just like you did last year after the bye.

  22. Rod Munch Says:

    The Bucs lost this game because of the refs, it shouldn’t have even been close and it wouldn’t have been except the refs giving the Saints points and taking turnovers off the board.

    Chill out on the doom and gloom, dopes. The Bucs will be fine.

    Also there is no way in hell the Bucs will beat the Saints three times in a season, and I would not doubt if the Bucs host the Saints in week 1 of the playoffs.

  23. adam from ny Says:

    losing before the bye week sucks…

    long time to live with this performance…

    2 weeks of sh!t that stanks

  24. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Unfortunately Med Pete is right about ME and the Alligator Arms at the end …. He follows through and he might still be running.

  25. Thisisouryear!! Says:

    I think we need to get another quality corner. I’ve never been crazy about SMB except in the playoffs last year. We need something who can shut down a quality receiver.

  26. gp Says:

    Unfortunately Med Pete is right about ME and the Alligator Arms at the end …. He follows through and he might still be running.
    Unfortunately you’re both wrong.
    Mike was held.
    Too bad the refs are as “selectively” blind as you two!

  27. 163Doubleplay Says:

    The only thing that i cannot understand is, the saints only got 10 yards of penalties ciompared to the Bucs 100 yards. That’s unbelievable, they are really very disciplined.

  28. Natron Says:

    I hate to think what the Saints could have done to us today if Drew Brees hadn’t retired, but it didn’t seem to matter anyway!

  29. Rod Munch Says:

    Pete is literally an idiot, so if you agree with him, that in turn will literally make you an idiot. So tread carefully, idiots.

  30. Bosch Says:

    Joe has perfectly put this game into perspective. I can’t wait for Bucs- Peyton Punks in Tampa.

  31. Anonymous Says:

    Bums!!!! Lol

  32. Pruritus Ani Says:

    Poor effort.. Two weeks is an eternity to ruminate and lick your wounds.

  33. Rod Munch Says:

    Natron Says:
    October 31st, 2021 at 8:15 pm
    I hate to think what the Saints could have done to us today if Drew Brees hadn’t retired, but it didn’t seem to matter anyway!


    They only passed for 209 yards at a very low 5.5 yards per play. It seems like a lot lot more because the refs took an INT off the board and gave them 100 yards in penalties.

  34. Richard Dickson Says:

    Looking at the schedule a few months ago, I figured we’d be 6-2 going into the bye with the losses falling exactly as they have — at the Rams and at the Saints. So while I’m not happy about blowing a game we had in our hands, I’m not panicking either.

  35. PSL Bob Says:

    I knew we were doomed as soon as Simien came in the game. We suck against rookies and backup QBs.

  36. SKBucsFan Says:

    Remaining 9 games will not be a cakewalk. The Bucs need to fix their penalty and defensive woes over the next 2weeks. No time off …get back to work!

  37. 163Doubleplay Says:

    If playoffs starts next week, #1 Rams #2 Packers #3 Cowboys #4 Bucs #5 Cardinals #6 Saints #7 Panthers. That means we are playing against the Cardinals. hmmmmmmm

  38. Show Me the TDs Says:

    Rod Muncher, why is everyone a loser, moron, or retard who doesn’t agree with you? Just asking. Is your life really that pathetic? Sad…

  39. NCalBucsfan Says:

    It’s why I don’t bet on sports….it’s tough enough to predict and then you through the wild card into it like the ref’s…
    Just look at how New Orleans got screwed in their playoff game with the Rams…
    I’ve been watching sports since the 60’s and have been a ref in basketball leagues and umpired baseball. I have made my share of bad calls and had some off days that I’m not proud of, it’s just happens, it’s an imperfect process being conducted by imperfect people. It sucks but maybe the experience has taught me not to get too wound up over badly officiated games and this was one of those regardless whether Tampa had won or not….

  40. Rod Munch Says:

    Show Me the TDs Says:
    October 31st, 2021 at 8:21 pm
    Rod Muncher, why is everyone a loser, moron, or retard who doesn’t agree with you?


    Well, that’s what one of those would ask.

  41. Rod Munch Says:

    163Doubleplay – Well that seeding is only because the Saints have played one less game. If the Saints win next week, the Bucs drop to #6.

  42. Bucsfan1988 Says:

    Both of the Bucs losses this year have been ATROCIOUSLY officiated games.

    In those games, get this:

    Loss to Rams, Officials called 1 penalty for 5 yards on Rams. I saw at least 3 different OPI’s in that game…RIDICULOUS!!!

    Loss tonite to Saints, Officials called 2 penalties for 20 yards on them…How many BS called did we see today from DPI’s not being called, Gholston gets his helmet ripped off and runs into QB but no call on Saints offensive line?? Lattimore kept grabbing Evans arm & the first missed TD to Evans was DPI not called…Brady’s first INT, Godwin (Or Johnson) was grabbed when he proceeded to run his pattern out and it held up the timing, but no call there either. F’N PATHETIC!!!

    The NFL has fixed these games. PERIOD!!!

  43. Show Me the TDs Says:

    Muncher, I’m rubber, you’re glue…I’m sure you know the rest, child.

  44. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Rod Munch is perpetually proud of herself.

  45. Rod Munch Says:

    NCalBucsfan – I had the Saints winning this in preseason. During this week I backed off that slightly and said the Bucs SHOULD win this game, because they should have, but it was more hope than actual belief.

    It’s really not a huge deal, so long as the Bucs get mad and go on a tear we’ll be fine. Brady gets mad as hell when he loses, and I expect him to go nuts on the team over this loss, which is a very very good thing.

    I figured, at best, the Bucs spilt the series with the Saints, and I do believe they WILL win at home vs the Saints. So long as we take care of the Redskins, we’ll be fine I think.

    Although I had the Bucs losing to the Rams, Saints, Redskins, Giants, and Bills, going 12-5. Yes, people can laugh about the Giants beating the Bucs, but it’s one of those stupid teams that give the Bucs are hard time, even if they’re not all that good. Sort of how the Bucs, even when they were bad, would beat up the Packers in Tampa.

  46. Rod Munch Says:

    Jmarkbuc Says:
    October 31st, 2021 at 8:28 pm
    Rod Munch is perpetually proud of herself.


    Please do not use gendered language.

    Thank you.

  47. Show Me the TDs Says:

    Muncher, Sweetheart, no one cares what you think.

  48. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Rod & gp, your both wrong. Evans was held on the first bomb, go back and watch Evan’s heard footsteps and short armed the last pass. Brady knew it, you could see it in his face. JPP with a bad shoulder and hand out played the entire front 7. A little tired of seeing Shaq jump offsides and crap like tackling. The secondary is so bad, I’d give up Evan’s for Jaden at this point.

  49. Jerry Says:

    12-5 would force us on the road against the Packers and either the Cards or Rams in order to reach the Super Bowl.

    We likely aren’t repeating if we go 12-5. Seeding didn’t matter too much last year. This year it will be everything.

  50. Anonymous Says:

    Y’all need to chill out. Saints don’t have a starting QB anymore. They have a very tough 5 game stretch especially with no starting QB consisting of Titans, Bills, and Cowboys. With a back up that will have tape now on him, opposing teams like the Falcons and the Eagles are no easy games anymore. Saints lost last year against the Eagles with Drew Brees.

    Meanwhile the Bucs when they come back have WFT, Giants, Colts, and Falcons.

    So who cares if they’re both 6-2 when Bucs return back to playing. The schedule going forward is much more favorable for the Bucs then the Saints.

  51. Rod Munch Says:

    I agree with you Anonymous – Payton beats up on Arians, doesn’t mean he’ll beat up on everyone else, in particular with his 3rd QB starting if Winston is out. Although, with that said, Hill is coming back soon, so that will help them. But the Bucs still have a great chance of winning the South, people need to take it easy.

  52. Buckaroo Boozie Says:

    Pete and Rod Munch had a race…
    Pete fell down and broke his face…
    Rod Munch went and licked Pete up…
    Now they’re together in the butt🤣😆😁

  53. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    lol………..too funny ^^^^^^^^^^^^

  54. Rod Munch Says:

    Buckaroo Boozie – when did this happen!?!

  55. Ash Says:

    It sucks but it will be fine bucs will get the secondary healthy after the bye and get back to it (getting Davis back will be huge). The refs though something needs be done those roughing the passer calls were atrocious. The no call on the holding which led to the interception afterward it’s becoming criminal.

  56. brooks Says:

    Just a reality check. It happens in all sports and it’s always a good thing it’s how you respond. Brady took the heat if you watch the post-game interview three turnovers you just don’t win. I never blame the refs when you turn it over three times like that it was clearly a victory. Put it behind you and move forward.

  57. John Says:

    I don’t even read Joe’s nonsense articles. I just come here to read the comments.

  58. former ne fan Says:

    The loss to NO means very little–just like last year’s opener. I don’t get you people and how you view the Saints as some type of gargantuan killers. TB lost this game because of phantom roughing the passer calls and other ref atrocities. Obviously. It happens to teams every year. Not a very big deal. Brady knows what he’s doing and facing like no other. Did you not see him roar back in the 3rd qtr. with ninja-like control? Now just wait for his run starting with Wash. his collaboration with AB, and then his gunslinging thru the playoffs. Repeating is on his mind at all times, even when he’s in bed with Giselle.

  59. Tippy Says:

    Can’t believe that last interception Brady threw , didn’t look off the receiver , so unlike him