Running Game Revival

October 3rd, 2021

“You like that, Tommy?”

How bout the Bucs shaking off three miserable games rushing and looking like their Super Bowl selves pounding the rock tonight!!

Through three quarters, Tampa Bay had 18 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown scamper by Ronald Jones. Joe almost thought it was January.

The Bucs seemed to need the run game with a wet ball appearing to give Tom Brady issues for much of the night. And it was a legit, consistent rushing attack. Fournete had a big 21-yard run early in the game but the Bucs still averaged more than four yards a carry without that huge gain.

Tampa Bay finished with 28 carries for 121 yards.

Joe’s just glad the run game is there to lean on if the Bucs need it. Pounding the rock was the difference tonight against New England.

45 Responses to “Running Game Revival”

  1. jim Says:

    It would have been Arians fault if we would have lost by not going for 2 after the touchdown!

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    With 50% passing & no TDs from Brady, we needed the run…..

  3. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    What a sh!t show on offense!!! Kind of expect it from our D especially with the injuries…but WTF is going on with this offense??? 1TD and 4 FGs…only 21.5 points in the last 2 games (only thanks to a garbage TD last week that cost us Gio Bernard) they better figure their sh!t out cuz they gotta carry this team!!!!

  4. 813bucboi Says:

    Folks complained about the run game all night

    Chumps don’t know football

    Brady was off tonight…kicker missed a kick…and we still got it done…

    Great team win fighting thru adversity…


  5. Medicated Pete Says:

    Lenny saves the day. The Refs need to be investigated for corruption

  6. Oxycodoms Says:

    Brady dropped 2 consecutive dimes to brown for a td

  7. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    813…a win is a win but we won because the Pats are NOT a good team and we made them look competitive!!! That scares the gel out of me

  8. Doctor Stroud Says:


  9. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    Good chance we don’t have Winfield next week if he has a concussion…what the hell are we gonna do on D. At least we have Miami next week that is not known for offensive production…then again they haven’t played the Bucs yet. Our D seems to give life to every offense we play

  10. Jersey buc Says:

    It much to bitch about the refs but dam!! Really bad

  11. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    But, our run D is awesome!!! Yay for us

  12. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    Brady, 9 TDs first two games…2 TDs the last two games. What is going on????

  13. unbelievable Says:

    Told y’all we needed more balance.

  14. ModHairKen Says:

    Don’t care about yards. Or turnovers or penalties. The Bucs won. Forget the autopsy. Get ready for Miami.

  15. Doctor Stroud Says:

    So glad that game’s out of the way!

  16. JimmyJack Says:

    Naples Bradys pace is 16 TDs for the season. Thats whats going on

  17. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    Our “balance” still only squeaked out 1 TD and 4 almost 5 field goals…good enough this week but not most weeks

  18. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    That’s encouraging Jimmy

  19. alaskabuc Says:

    How many of Brady’s misses weren’t due to water, but receivers making the wrong read.

  20. Sean Says:

    Good, the running game needed this. This is why you need a competent running game. I don’t worry about Brady being (relatively) off in miserable weather. A win is a win and hopefully some guys will get healthy and newer guys on the roster will get acclimated.

  21. Swampbuc Says:

    Keep pounding the rock. Keep pounding the rock for more effective play action results.

  22. Flyin Dutchman Says:

    Got it done. Now back to Florida and next week kick phins butt

  23. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    Jimmy if we extrapolate his current pace he’ll have 46 TDs…that doesn’t account for 2 TDs in 2 games though…can interpret stats any way you want

  24. Leighroy Says:

    12/15 run on 1st down in the 2nd half. Who proposed that drinking game!?!?

  25. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Give it a rest. 75% of this game was played in pouring rain. Brady was obviously amped/ shook up. Our defense started a corner with a rehabbed Achilles, that hasn’t played in ten months.. and we lost a cb and a safety.

    It was ugly. Take the win. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.

  26. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    Jmark if they play well next week then we can get off it…but two consecutive games of garbage offense and continued garbage defense is very concerning

  27. JimmyJack Says:

    It really feels good to win on a FG shank. We lived the wrong end of that too much….. …HAIL TO SUCCOP!!!!!

    Either way i felt great our defense would finish it tonight and they did. Big atta boy to White and Shaq who led the way. Tryon followed suit and so did Cockrell, Gholston, Winfield, V and others Im forgetting!!

  28. Leighroy Says:

    I helpd up my end of the bargain!!!

  29. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    What was the excuse last week? That’s my point

  30. Patrianakos Says:

    Sometimes you gotta get lucky.
    But they all count the same.
    3-1 with three very winnable games coming up.
    Steady as she goes.

  31. tampabuscsbro Says:



    I am a bit worried.

  32. BucsBro Says:

    I really hate how Lenny tip-toe runs at times, but damn dude is a baller and he comes up big when you need him. I wasn’t feeling great after the missed screen pass late, but the guy was a workhorse down the stretch.

    Lenny is the #1 and RoJo seems certainly gone next year. Another missed pass block (chip to help beaten Smith) for RJ. All the talent in the world but seems to lack focus and just may not be a natural pass blocking/pass catching back. Some guys just are not that.

  33. Jmarkbuc Says:


    I won’t argue with you about the defense, they’re bad.

    I believe the offense will be ok. They missed Gronks blocking tonight. And his drops in LA really cost us.

  34. Coburn Says:

    Loved what I saw our of Fournette. Def gonna need the run game. Really need more out of Jones…. May have to see what Vaughn can do. Surprised he never saw a snap

  35. Rod Munch Says:

    This game was a complete cluster. Put Brady in the shotgun, let him throw every down and it’s not even remotely close. Instead it’s wasting every 1st down running up the middle for 1.2 yards and always making it 2nd and long. I wish the Bucs could play the Bucs defense, so they’d just give up on the run, and throw the ball and Leftwich couldn’t slow the game to a crawl with his moronic playcalling.

    As for Brady, let him throw himself out of any slump.

    We got the win because the Pats are a bad team, but against teams that aren’t bad, we aren’t getting a W. A huge part of that was incompetent coaching.

  36. FrankPillow Says:

    Highway 76 was back tonight, so it was good to see us committed to running the ball. Lenny was outstanding. Not a lot of room to run, but he kept his feet moving. Also drawing the PI was the play of the game.

  37. LakelandSteve Says:

    The pass interference call in the last drive was garbage as was the no call in the last drive on the illegal motion on Pats left tackle. It really looked at that point that the refs would steal this game. Thank God Nick Folk put a big ole dent in the upright. This win is huge. I think the emotion of this game combined with the weather really took its toll on the Bucs offense. Except for the running game which was exceptional (and won the game for us) I think the guys were trying so hard that if you stuck a lump of coal up Brady’s, Evans, Brates and definitely A.B. asses in two weeks they would be crapping diamonds. The injuries in the secondary are really concerning, but we may look back at this game as the turning point for the Bucs season. If they can win in those conditions they can win anywhere and beat anybody. Go Bucs!

  38. Tc Says:

    Not really, it was about three inches on the missed field goal at the end.

  39. Buccos Says:

    Even if that field goal would have been good Brady would have gotten us in field goal range again. Playing back to back road games like these is a huge task. These guys are winners. They don’t ask how, they ask how many. For those of you who are unimpressed with our win. When was the last time the Bucs won a game in New England? I have been watching the Bucs for a long time and I do not remember ever beating them up there. I was at a Bucs vs Patriots game about 12 years ago in December and the Bucs lost 28-0. It was the coldest I’ve ever been in my life. It is a tough place to play and the Patriots are not a bad team. I see them winning quite a few this year. They have the best rookie QB and a good defense. It was a great win!!

  40. Wild Bill Says:

    I did not like some of the officials calls but Smith 76 could have been called for holding many times. Brady had to run more than any game since joining the bucs. Pass blocking sucked, run blocking was good.

  41. Defense Rules Says:

    No two ways around it: that was an ugly win. BUT … it was still a win. The almost-constant rain & depleted roster didn’t help, but our Bucs still found a way to pull out a win.

    No question in my mind that Tom Brady’s passing was off last night (22-of-43 is NOT very Tom Brady-like), but give the Pats’ defense its’ due: it’s a legit Top-5 pass defense. Different story against the run. And it was our running game that allowed the win; came through on any number of occasions last night, especially Lenny. Still, Bucs only ran on 40% of our plays, on a night that begged us to run it more. Sorry, but that’s bad play-calling IMO.

    And for those bad-mouthing our defense, they at least started making some big plays last night, and that made all the difference. Holding New England … normally quite balanced in terms of run-pass … to MINUS 1 yard rushing is impressive. Holding them to only 2-of-9 3rd/4th down conversions is equally impressive; that (combined with more rushing) allowed us to control the TOP 34 mins to 26 mins. Sacking Mac Jones 4 times was nice, but taking the ball away twice was even nicer (even though the Bucs couldn’t convert either turnover into points).

    What continues to be frustrating though is the pass coverage. Mac Jones was great at Bama when it came to passing accuracy (77%). Last night the Bucs let him hit on 78.6% of his throws (33-of-42 for 320 yds & 2 TDs). At one point he’d made 19 completions in a row. THAT’S EMBARRASSING.

  42. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Fournette looked like an All Pro last night!

  43. Brandon Says:

    And we almost lost because we didn’t run enough. Through three quarters we had a 3:1 pas run ratio…. and when we ran, we ran well, but we stuck with a passing game that saw the Pats dare us to run on them….and we didn’t. Poor play calling as usual.

  44. ScarletSpider Says:

    All day y’all been bitchin about a win. Guess what the Pats and Rams both have legit defense, and with the conditions throwing the ball is harder for an offense in the rain than it is to defend the pass in the rain. Rookie QB or not, Gillette is a tough place to win, but they did it. Had Folk made the FG, no doubt in my mind Brady drives them to FG range again with a minute and 2 timeouts. Had Gronk not been hurt, I guarantee at least 2 TDs instead of field goals in those red zone situations. I am actually surprised we didn’t see Godwin over the middle in those situations, but I am guessing Pats had it covered well or Brady would have hit him.

    Sincerely a 22 year Pats fan that’s been rooting for the Bucs since my QB made the move.

  45. G-FUNK Says:

    Patriots did a great coaching job forcing Buc’s to play the style of game they wanted. Not many teams would come back from behind twice in 4th quarter to secure a road win. GO BUCS !