Buccaneers 19, Cardinals 16 (OT)

December 25th, 2022


It doesn’t get much uglier than that, but Joe is more than happy to swallow it with one final chug of egg nog.

Our beloved Buccaneers are now 7-8. It’s a Christmas miracle!

Joe is tipping a Santa hat to Leonard Fournette, Russell Gage, the Bucs defense and Ryan Succop for helping the Bucs overcome a shaky night by the Tampa Bay special teams and Tom Brady, and some rough offensive line play.

Yeah, the Bucs are a subpar team, but they still have time to re-invent themselves — or at least improve — en route to the playoffs. And speaking of the 2022 postseason, the Bucs will get their invitation with a win on Sunday against Carolina (6-9).

What troubles Joe most is that the Bucs are regressing when they’re not in a hurry-up offense, and they don’t look like a punch-you-in-the-mouth football team, especially on special teams and on the offensive line (including tight ends).

Overall, the Bucs don’t look well coached overall. But Brady still has the late-game, under-pressure magic, and the defense is good enough to be a difference-maker in any game.

One weird season marches on — this time with a “W” against a weak Cardinals team.

Bring on the Panthers!

79 Responses to “Buccaneers 19, Cardinals 16 (OT)”

  1. Bucs Orlando Says:

    Barely beat a bad team with a backup QB in OT.

    Don’t know how this is a good thing.

  2. bucs4life Says:

    The offense only clicks when we’re in no huddle. Why would that be? Any guesses?

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Russell Gage is a gamer

  4. Bucs Orlando Says:

    Oh and Mike Evans has 39 Yard receiving. WtF.

  5. Surfslowson Says:

    Man they make it tough, but a win is a win.

  6. SKBucsFan Says:

    Thank goodness. We beat a 4-10 team…barely. Brady is not looking confident when our o-line lays down. Can we get healthy for the playoffs?

  7. Yucs2Bucsr Says:

    Joe you can say whatever you want, but these guys suck !!! So bad what we are seeing and like the back of the helmet say Inspire Change, but we are stuck with this crew for at least 2 years.. The offensive play was so predictable and bad it almost seemed on purpose

  8. SOGGY Says:

    Super Bowl Watch Out Here Come The Bucs

  9. freddy Says:

    the coaching is the weak link they make it harder than it should be, playing down to bad teams when we should steamroll them

  10. Scottish Bucbob Says:

    A miracle indeed.😀😀

  11. Roc Says:

    Ya Bucs win

    Wow great coaching to pull out an OT win against a 4-10 team

  12. Gman Says:

    Carolina by 14 plus

  13. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Oh dam…… we on fie-ya!

    Can’t wait to see what flat brim Lefty be sportin next week.

  14. Tucker Says:

    They won but this offense looks awful.

  15. bob Says:

    a win is a win

  16. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    Brady running the no huddle, success! Boron calling plays, historically bad. Yet this team still does the same thing every week. Terrible coaching.

  17. Cc13wr Says:

    We badly need Donovan Smith back bad. And that’s where we are folks. 🤦‍♀️

  18. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Nobody can stop this dominate force now!

  19. Leighroy Says:

    Cardinals allowed the 5th most points in the league entering this game. Bucs offense really assuaged any concerns tonight by lighting up the scoreboard eh?

  20. Rod Munch Says:

    1-min left, Brady at QB and on a roll, need any score to win the game… It’s 3rd and 3, what do you do? Well, if you’re an idiot, you call a draw play and punt the ball away.

    FIRE LEFTWICH you idiots.

  21. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says:
    December 25th, 2022 at 11:55 pm
    Russell Gage is a gamer

    He likes PlayStation?

    Or he’s a baller?

  22. MadMax Says:

    Catfishing….just doing enough…I’ll take it

    they might tick me off but a win when it counts is a win.

  23. Bucsalltheway Says:

    Wait til Jensen and Donnie get back right…Todd Bowles is gonna get people marked with that conservative calls…almost lost to a bad team. And possibly lost gage in the process.

  24. Yucs2Bucsr Says:

    Just glad I took AZ and the points !!! Thank Goodness and will this season end already !! Disgusting, boring, predictable, and pathetic

  25. Rod Munch Says:

    On a positive note, the Bucs are 7-3 in the NFC, the same conference record as the Vikings.

  26. Leighroy Says:

    Rod, that play call drove me bat sh!t too

  27. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Cc13wr Says:
    December 25th, 2022 at 11:57 pm
    We badly need Donovan Smith back bad. And that’s where we are folks. 🤦‍♀️

    You are correct sir.
    Without Triple D our holding calls are non existent…….and that’s just not acceptable.

    We didn’t miss that lazy POS at all…… and we won.

  28. tbbucs3 Says:

    Win is a win especially with playoffs on the line…

    Some loser fans would rather trade a home playoff game for a chance to move up 3 measly spots in the draft

  29. AmauryGuzman Says:

    Coaching staff is trash. The worse man. They can’t overcome this horrible coaching staff.

  30. Buc You Says:

    1) They won
    2) They have a chance to clinch the division next week
    3) They need to be scrappy to get into the playoffs this year
    4) I wish they didn’t run the ball for the first 3 qtrs and out themselves in 3rd down over and over

  31. Dwight Schrute Says:

    FACT: This is a bad offense

  32. Anonymous Says:

    i can’t wait until brady picks a new oc next season that will actually know how to scheme.

  33. NYbucsfan Says:

    I can not stand Todd. He is the worst head coach in football.

  34. AmauryGuzman Says:

    Yucs you’re not a bucs fans. Anyway the fact that this team has a chance to win the division with this lousy stinking coaching staff is an accomplishment in itself.

  35. Yucs2Bucsr Says:

    A win is a win?? Lmao !!! That was so inspiring to see them beat a 4-10 team, but Go Bucs and they are just going to start steam rolling into the playoffs !! I will bet anyone Carolina destroys this defense with no names

  36. Enzo Says:

    Been a huge fan for 35 years, I never stop believing. They need us fans to support them no matter how things look. Win next week and they are in the dance, anything can happen at that point. I won’t trash talk my beloved Bucs, they will get it together, it’s what I have to believe or what’s the point of being a fan? Go Bucs!

  37. D-Rok Says:

    I took a nap. Woke up to watch OT. YAY. YAWN.

    No fire. No fight. No spirit. No identity.

    Yet somehow, in close to a must-win game, we gained more points than the other team. Leftnuts must be beaming.

    GO BUCS!!!

  38. Dwight Schrute Says:

    Bowles smiles or smirks when something goes wrong.
    He should be throwing the clipboard and screaming.
    Todd Bowles is not cut out to be a HC. He’s a good DC but completely out of his element as a HC.

  39. TheShaz Says:

    For the love of God, why can’t we play the 2min drill for the entire game?

    My heart can’t take this anymore. I bet Tampa Generals ER is flooded with heart attacks right now.

  40. AmauryGuzman Says:

    Dwight Schrute Fact: Tbis is a horrible coaching staff. A good coaching staff would scheme well with this offense and use each player’s strength .

  41. Upstate NY BUCS Says:

    Great come back, beautiful job by the defense. only wish I have left this Christmas is to wake up tomorrow morning and see that Gronkhas been singed to the practice squad don’t be surprised. Go Bucs!!!

  42. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    I enjoyed the extra innings of football. Free of charge, lol

  43. BigMacAttack Says:

    Defenses get winded in hurry up situations and hard to make substitutions. JJ Watt was gassed. Defenses also become reactionary and less proactive often with DB’s giving big cushions to receivers. Sidelines can be easily worked with short passes 5-10 yards. Then throw in a run when you need short yardage. Fournette thrives in the hurry up offense. When your O line is beat up and not pass blocking well hurry up offense helps.

  44. AmauryGuzman Says:

    What’s the story with vea?

  45. Goatfarmer Says:

    TV in my hotel was down so I didn’t have to watch it. That was the Christmas miracle. Don’t believe for a second this soft bunch of Panay coached undisciplined underachievers has heart enough to beat the Panthers who are running for 300 yards a game lately.

    Unless someone hides Bowels and Leftwich and they run no huddle from the first play. We know they won’t do that. Frauds.

  46. Dwight Schrute Says:

    Yes it goes without saying that Lefty is a train wreck.

    Bowles should be a DC not an HC and Lefty should be coaching pee wee

  47. AmauryGuzman Says:

    Goatfarmer they played the lousy lions lol. Relax.

  48. Kyler Murray’s XBox Says:

    We suck like a black hole.

  49. Dwight Schrute Says:

    How The Bowleswich Stole Christmas

  50. tbbucs3 Says:

    Ryan Succop is the best kicker in Bucs history

  51. Rod Munch Says:

    tbbucs3 Says:
    December 26th, 2022 at 12:07 am
    Ryan Succop is the best kicker in Bucs history


    Uh no, best kicker in team history is Donald Igwebuike, and that will never change.

  52. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Wow the coaching staff is trash??? Don’t think anyone up here has never been aware of that. Thanks for informing us. Yo guys for the 10000th time the coaching staff sucks, but the players who make $$$millions to play aren’t the problem

  53. The Anomaly Says:

    clayton trashing evans right now

  54. jb Says:

    At least we scored more than 17 points!

  55. firethecannons Says:

    our defense was good which helped us a ton offensive line was a disaster tonight they are all hurt and Brady is not good I mean glad we won but Brady needs to retire after this season is over for us and glazers need to accelerate the coaching search so the we can get a new coach and entire staff. we need a mobile or dual threat aquarterback wish Brady was better but reality is he is getting worse

  56. Buc4evr Says:

    We won the toilet bowl in Arizona this year. Can’t wait to see the pictures of Brady holding the trophy. Seriously, this so called win makes me sick. Nothing to be proud of.

  57. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Bowles has “opportunity” on the back of his sweater… Well, you had it and you have shown why diversity doesn’t mean anything!! The best man for the job is what built this country! You are not the best man for the job!!

  58. Paratrooper Buc Says:

    Sigh. Brady is right. We have not played 60 minutes of good football. Too many ugly wins and even uglier losses. Need to crush panthers and if possible we rest starters for following game if we are secured at 4th seed.

  59. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Props to Igwebuike.

  60. FortMyersDave Says:

    Joe, I am glad the Bucs won but how many empty seats will there be at Ray Jay next Sunday? No offense but it is hard to believe the Bucs will not end up grabbing there ankles and get blasted by that Panthers running game. Leftwich and Bowels are so dang predictable. Good chance the Bucs get boat raced next week in the first half and then TB12 goes no huddle and brings them back but why does it have to be like that every ****ing game? They scored 16 vs the Lambs, 17 vs the Aints and now 19 vs a bad AZ team and most of those points came from last minute hurry up offensive schemes. If the Bucs beat the Panthers I will be surprised.

  61. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Absolutely no way we crush the Panthers.

    We couldn’t crush the Plant High Panthers..

  62. Buddha Says:

    Now you know why they got Gage. A pity he has been hamstruck most of the season. Lenny smells the playoffs. Team still making too many mental mistakes.
    This team was over hyped then lost the best player on the offensive line and the defensive line.

  63. firethecannons Says:

    CC13 says we need donovan smith back fck me that is a sorry state of affairs

  64. JTHV Says:

    Y’all clowns talk about the coaches … the QB is absolutely trash.

    Wake the EF up, the D is dominating most games while the QB can’t figure out if he wants to the directly to the ground or to the other team.

    Blame the OLine, if you love your goat

  65. Cchead Says:

    Bucs win thanks to a fumbled 3rd and1 pitch from mcsorley. Great call.

  66. firethecannons Says:

    JmarkBuc is right we would have to go into to overtime to have a chance at beating the Plant High panthers

  67. McBucky Says:

    Looking as bad today as they did in week 3. Speechless.

  68. bucs4life Says:

    Brady or not Brady, we WILL have a bad offense until this offensive line is revamped and we have proper backups/2nd stringers.

  69. AmauryGuzman Says:

    JTHV go watch the xfl. The QB hasn’t been great but the line is terrible. He got hit on that one interception. I believe evans ran the wrong route. Brady hasn’t played well no doubt but this coaching staff is trash man. Anyway don’t be surprised if at the end of the season you here that Brady was playing with an injury.

  70. Dwight Schrute Says:

    DoooshLaRue Says:
    December 25th, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    Tampabaybucfan Says:
    December 25th, 2022 at 11:55 pm
    Russell Gage is a gamer

    He likes PlayStation?

    Or he’s a baller?

    gam·​er ˈgā-mər 
    : a player who is game
    especially : an athlete who relishes competition

  71. Dwight Schrute Says:

    Evans must be playing hurt
    Oline is turrible jes turrible
    Brady looks off on mist of his mid/deep throws
    TE’s are a non-factor
    Bowleswich is still there

    = no soup for you

  72. Dwight Schrute Says:

    Gage had a good game.

  73. Paratrooper Buc Says:


    You are right we won’t crush them. At best it’s win by one score. We need to crush them to gain swagger but the Bucs are like the keystone cops and keep beating themselves. The Oline and playcalling are still bad. Defenses just need to watch the hurry up offense options Bucs use and go deny short pass defense. Still making FGs and not TDs has lost us too many games and our edge. Sigh.

  74. Frank Pillow Says:

    Can we fire Todd yet?

  75. Jack Sparrow Says:

    Bucs to the Superbowl !!!! NOT

  76. BOAT Says:

    Anyone that can’t see the problem with the Bucs’ offense is Bowles, doesn’t have one iota of basic football knowledge.

  77. Steve Says:

    Even the Jets won’t take Bowles back.

  78. JimmyfromNY Says:

    JTt? How about when they took the reins off ? 17-21 170 117 rating , Third fourth quarter 10 point come back in the past two months, this team is a top five draft pick away without Brady. He hasn’t been great, but his greatness is still while you’re in the position to win the division. I know I kill somebody Brady trolls he wish he just go away, but no one wins in those type of situations like he does. All with a revolving door of garbage st O lune , no WR seperation with the 2 biggest buffoons in football running the show. The actual head coach said they needed to run the ball more at half time that’s all you need to know.keep on blaming Brady. He’s just gonna lead them back to the playoffs with this aging slow roster.

  79. stpetebucfan Says:

    “Don’t know how this is a good thing.”

    It is a W!!! This is a team with a puncher’s chance in the playoffs. I present my case.

    Yes Brady seems to be deteorating but 90% of the GOAT is plenty for the playoffs. Add in his experience factor and we have a puncher’s chance at QB.

    We played much of last night with a 3rd string left tackle, both starting tackles are hurting. We are getting close to healthy however. Somehow squeak by Carolina and have a week extra to rest the injured and again we have a puncher’s chance talent wise.

    First playoff game is at home against a beatable Cowboys team.

    In reality…while admittedly ugly and sometimes frightening…the season is still a big success. Two wins away from a meaningless game and a week to rest to the injured as we already begin to heal. I hope this also includes Brady!

    If we beat Carolina let TB12 have maybe a series in a meaningless final game.