League Celebrating A Percentage Of Bucs Games

March 27th, 2023

So it’s the time of year when Joe heads to the annual NFL Owners meetings to hang out with NFL owners, general managers and head coaches. What’s more fun than Joe in a swanky resort grilling the power brokers?

So look forward to plenty of gems right here on Tuesday and beyond. (Joe has heard a rumor that JoeBucsFan.com is the only Bucs media outlet here. Man, would that say a lot about a lot of things.)

Last night at the owners meetings in Phoenix, the NFL was trumpeting how competitive last season was. The NFL, it seems, loves tight games, big comebacks and wild swings within games.

One stat pumped out by the league is a season-record 52 games in which a team wiped out a 10-point deficit to win or tie.

Hmm, only 52 games like that all season? That’s about 19 percent of the NFL’s schedule. Joe’s research shows the Bucs played in four of those games in 2022, above the league average.

In December, Tampa Bay trailed 13-3 and then 16-3 against the Saints before a big Tom Brady comeback made possible by a bone-crushing Keanu Neal hit on Taysom Hill to set up the game-winning drive. Then the Bucs flipped to the wrong side of the comeback victory; two weeks later they choked a 17-0 lead to the Bengals.

On Christmas night, the Bucs trailed Arizona 16-6 but found their way back to glory against a really bad Cardinals team. On New Year’s Day, the Bucs’ must-win game at home against Carolina, the Bucs trailed 14-0 to Carolina before exploding to a 30-24 win.

Joe wonders if the Bucs’ top-10 defense, which does a solid job keeping games close, could help the Bucs get more than one night game this season.

Or will the TV networks snub the Bucs because quarterbacks are what sell on TV and the Bucs don’t know who theirs is yet (allegedly)?

27 Responses to “League Celebrating A Percentage Of Bucs Games”

  1. Beej Says:

    Night games=bad juju

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    (Joe has heard a rumor that JoeBucsFan.com is the only Bucs media outlet here. Man, would that say a lot about a lot of things.)

    Well, without Brady the Bucs are no longer relevant to media….except JBF…..thank God for that!!!

  3. Lt. Dan Says:

    Hate night games. Good article though Joe.

  4. BucsfanFred Says:

    With Brady we were never without hope for a comeback.
    TBH, I like the 1:00 games. I make myself a big late lunch like a steak or wings or a great snack like home made guacamole or hummus. My wife and son are usually still in bed so I can enjoy the game in peace and quiet. Best time to watch.

  5. Pewter Power Says:

    Nah they will televise plenty of games because I think people enjoy the idea of baker falling flat on his face

  6. Ugh Says:

    All those games were pitiful outside of the comebacks at the very end.

  7. Simeon97 Says:

    I expect one prime time game, maybe 2

  8. Goatfarmer Says:

    The Bucs defense has been slipping – Bloweszo can’t stop anyone with a good offense. Seems that when the opponent has competent offensive tackles it’s a problem, exacerbated by the Bowels propensity to leave receivers running wide open because his defenders don’t know their assignments .

    But it’s ok, this is his last year in football so it’s all good.

  9. Cobraboy Says:

    Maybe the networks will want to showcase Trainwreck Mayfield…

  10. Cobraboy Says:

    (I don’t think he’s a trainwreck, but that seems to be the consensus among casuals.)

  11. Mike Johnson Says:

    As BB King use to say, The Thrill is gone. No more Brady effect guys. We will be lucky to get one..maybe 2 games national TV exposure this year. If we do, its because the networks are trying to showcase our opponent.

  12. Dooley Says:

    The Bills & Eagles game a primtime kickoff candidates, but outside of those teams our schedule is 6 games in our own division, 4 games playing the AFC south, and another 4 games playing the NFC north. We also play the 49ers again, in San Fran which will probably be a 4pm game with it being broadcast from the west coast. Depends, especially with the league having a choice to flex games to later time slots should we get hot/on a run at any point this season.

  13. Goatfarmer Says:

    I can’t wait to rewatch Bucs/Browns and Bucs/Packers from 2022. Two games that the Bloweszo giftwrapped and personally gave away. The Browns game management was terminable performance.

  14. Dooley Says:


    Our defense held an Aaron Rodgers led offense to 14 points in 4 quarters and our offense barely scored 12 points. Our defense that “slipped” last season stopped Green Bays offense 7 drives IN A ROW between the 2nd & 3rd quarters combined, you know how our offense capitalized? They scored 3 points off all of those stops.

    Browns game is another game where our offense didn’t even score the equivalent of their 25th ranked 18.4ppg average. We had 10 offensive possessions in regulation, our offense scored 17 point on 3 of 10 of those and punted the rest. 5 of the 7 drives we didn’t score on, we went 3 & out.

    Sounds to me like “to hell with the other factors that resulted in the loss, just Blame Bowles” logic

  15. BucsFan81 Says:

    It’s ok now that we are back into the Yucs and Brady is gone it no will be all 1pm games now.

  16. Voice of Truth Says:

    Likely back to the twice a year rotation

    Both pretty early in the season before we get to 2-7, or 3-9

    This is a six win team that only us locals really care to watch

  17. Goatfarmer Says:

    Dooley – who was the head coach again? Oh yeah. Read what I wrote about those two games – it was terrible decision making by Bloweszo . Both teams (Packers and Browns) were horrible offensively but nice try.

  18. adam from ny Says:

    i’d be surprised if we get a triple mcdipple, a fourple, or a 5 piece mcnugget…

    but yeah i think we do get a couple night games

  19. Dooley Says:


    You picked two terrible games as examples to make a point with your “Blame Canada”-esque logic. No thanks on reading what you wrote about either game, it’s clear your comments are about a 50/50 split of a guy who knows the bucs more than he knows the game of football tbh, but hey keep trying.

  20. Redeemer Says:

    Top 10 defense? Yeah against a bunch of horrible competition, that padded
    meaningless stats. Whenever they faced a legit offense they got abused. Go look it up. If not for Brady, they would’ve been a 5 win team last season.

  21. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    Maybe I’m old but I do love being back to 1pm kickoffs most likely

  22. Buc4evr Says:

    Hopefully 1pm kickoffs will come back. Thursday and Sunday night games are the worst.

  23. Goatfarmer Says:

    Dooley — here are the games against good teams last year.

    Chiefs 41 Bucs 31 (Chiefs scored the equivalent of 6 touchdowns)
    Ravens 27 Buc 22 (Ravens weren’t very good on offense)
    Browns 23 !!! The Browns. Bucs lost.
    49ers (with legendary Brock Purdy) 35 Bucs 7
    Bengals 34 Bucs 7
    Falcons 30 (!) Bucs lost
    Cowboys 31 Bucs 14

    So, in those games against playoff competition (except the Browns and Falcons), Bloweszo’s “defense” gave up an average of 31.6 points per game. That sure is some genius right there. Stellar defense.

    The rest? The offenses sucked. Even Dallas couldn’t score against anyone at the end of the year but they sure rang up the Bloweszo clown show.

  24. Dooley Says:


    Buccaneers 2022 Offense ppg: 18.6(25th rank)
    Buccaneers 2022 PPG allowed ob defense: 21.6(15th rank)

    Chiefs – Outlier to our offensive scoring in comparison to other games during the season because we score 17 points in the first half, which was double our offensive scoring average in the first half and the offense turned the ball over TWICE that came and our offense lost TOP by 17 minutes 16 seconds.

    Ravens – Our offense scored 10 first half points, got shutout in the 2nd & 3rd qtrs of that game, Brady missed wide open Mike Evans twice and our offense turned the ball over once to Baltimore NOT turning the ball over.

    Browns – Outlined this already, 10 total possesions, scored on 3 of 10, but went 3 & Out on 5 of 10 of those possessions while punting on double the amount of possesions they scored on. O turnovers on offense, defense forced from CLE, but guess what happened on the ensuing drive? Offense went 3 & out.

    Niners – Bucs score 1 touchdown and 0 FGS over the course of 60 mintues, lol honestly the game was over after SF scored it’s 2nd score in the 3rd qtr because their offense was beating our defense, and outpacing any perfromance by our offense in terms of scoring in any game during the 2022 season. Also Offense coughed the ball up 3 times

    Bengals- Not even gonna recall that because you can’t get the score right, but our offense took breaks

    We won a division title scoring the least amount of points amongst all the other teams in the NFC South, but ranked higher than any other team in our division except the Saint in ppg allowed on defense. Complimentary ball is a thing, but so is hyperbole

  25. SKBucsFan Says:

    Maybe one prime time game mostly due to the residule Brady effect.

  26. brooks Says:

    None please save us the embarrassment

  27. Goatfarmer Says:

    Dooley, excellent analysis. Bloweszo couldn’t score enough against anyone but at least he couldn’t hold anyone good to less than 31 points.