Baker Mayfield Scored Multiple Victories

September 10th, 2023

Baker Mayfield won a lot more than the game today.

Joe is very confident of that.

No matter what Mayfield’s Bucs teammates said of him publicly between mid-March and this morning, none really knew what to expect when they got into a real game with Mayfield.

Most had to have a level of doubt. It’s not like Mayfield has a great resume or a bunch of former teammates on the Tampa Bay roster.

Today was a day for players to see whether Mayfield would really put his life on the line to win a game for them, and if he had it in him to step up under adversity. He did both.

Joe would challenge any fan to study the CBS video of Mayfield’s late-game scramble for a first down on 3rd-and-2. He rolled right and didn’t see anyone open, and then he took off.

The vicious hit clearly coming from the Vikings linebacker was not in Mayfield’s brain. He was all-in for the team and didn’t shy away and head for the sideline.

First down, Tampa Bay! And the sideline erupted as the video shows below.

It really is Mayfield’s team now. It needed to happen for the Bucs to play their best ball, but it’s great it came in Week 1.

That should bode very well for these next three games before the Week 5 bye.

55 Responses to “Baker Mayfield Scored Multiple Victories”

  1. MadMax Says:

    That Baker sucks….whats up haters 😀 lol

  2. KiddG941 Says:

    He won our damn hearts Joe….at least until next

  3. Old School Bucs Says:

    Mayfield won me over not by touchdown passes or anything else today. It was the two run plays to move the ball. He showed real grit.
    Bucs won today because f much better Oline play and a defense that did not collapse in the second half. Optics from game one is this defense can be really good this year, and if the Oline continues to improve watch out. Nice win!

  4. MadMax Says:

    Yes, not a great start but it’s always how you finish….kid showed heart and fire out there!

  5. Sly Pirate Says:

    Good win. Baker gets a B from me. His first half was almost an F. Good last drive.

    We need to celebrate DWhite, Winfield, Evans, every rookie, Goedeke (pancake maker), and both kickers.

    BTW, R White sucked.

    Great team win.

  6. Mike S Says:

    245 total yards of offense against the 2022 28th ranked defense.

    Its in the win column though.

    Baker played his best game in the second half, but against decent defense and a team that doesn’t turn the ball over Bucs get blown out today.

    Double digit losses even after winning next week against the hapless Bears in my prediction.

  7. HC Grover Says:

    Reminds me of Billy Kilmer after looking at the highlites.

  8. Duane in Sanford Says:

    He could have pouted and crucified his oline for their play in the first half, but instead did a bunch of the dirty work to help his guys out. To me, his play reminds me of Jeff Garcia.

  9. de bucs fan Says:

    Proposed season format:


    1st 4 games are worth 1/2 pt for a W.
    Remainder 12 games regular season other 1pt

    If this effort is there consistently it could be a fun season. It sure felt like our rookies and newcomers were everywhere on highlights for usually good reason. Hope Kancey man can isn’t hurt too bad. Turned the game in like 10(?) snaps.

  10. Rod Munch Says:

    de bucs fan – No.

  11. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Awesome win on the road.
    F the saints

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Definitely not “MikeGlennonlike”

  13. T. McGee Says:

    Tim Tebow School of Quarterbacking… Godwin bailed him out to end the game. But yeah, he’ll make a play running the ball.

    There was a 3 turnover advantage. This game shouldn’t have been close. Baker leaves a lot to question. It takes more than desire.

  14. Buc4evr Says:

    I just hope the Bucs can address the issues on the OLine. I think Baker can be a lot better if he can get a little protection. Both sides off the line were not picking up the Blitz. Needs to be fixed. Also, Keift was something like 0 for 3.

  15. Britter Says:

    Baker sucked most of the day, missed a lot of wide open passes, but didn’t throw the game away with stupid plays. Baker will get the credit though not really deserved.

    Our defense came up with some huge turnovers a couple of them were unforced, but those were the deciding factors to the game. I was happy we turned up the pressure in the second half, our dline is not getting enough pressure on their own.

  16. TB2023 Says:

    I’m here for the Baker Haters….

  17. adam from ny Says:

    baker was cookin’ in the pot……

    let’s get this man back on some commercials 🙂

  18. Paratrooper Buc Says:

    Baker did fine and can lead a team. But the Oline needs work. As others have said, a better defense will beat our Oline and mayfield’s grit/moxie won’t be enough.

  19. David Says:

    The sad things about playing Baker with such win as today;
    1. Enough wins to keep Bucs out of first round draft pick.
    2. Keep their young qb, Trask on bench.
    3. Bucs will be in the same position next season having an inexperience Task with a trash inconsistent Baker.
    4. Toilet Bowles will still be the coach with a 8-8 or 9-8 record.

  20. D-dub bucs fan srq Says:

    I would like to give some props to Todd bowles for trusting his team and going for the first down on your own 32-yard line with a quarterback sneak he showed something today and what he didn’t show was his ability to lose the game by playing safe

  21. Britter Says:

    Baker was not good most of the day, missed a lot of wide open passes, but didn’t throw the game away with stupid plays. Baker will get the credit though not really deserved.

    Our defense came up with some huge turnovers a couple of them were unforced, but those were the deciding factors to the game. I was happy we turned up the pressure in the second half, our dline is not getting enough pressure on their own.

  22. StormyInFl Says:

    “TB2023 Says:
    September 10th, 2023 at 7:55 pm
    I’m here for the Baker Haters….”

    They bailed after ignorantly calling for Baker to be benched after the first series.

  23. Smashsquatch Says:

    That sideline eruption says it all. Just scrubbed the video to catch everyone’s reaction. The players’ reactions were awesome, but Canales didn’t even celebrate. He was on to the next play. I think I like that, I wonder if Cousins likes that?

  24. Tbbucs3 Says:

    The Baker haters (gator nation) fled but will return next week after his first incompletetion.

  25. stpetebucfan Says:

    I don’t know how many comments on this Twitter/X…what’s the Asperger’s guy calling this week?..are Buc fans but the comments were largely very positive.

    This is one that should help Joe. Like others here Joe is tired of “moxie” describing Baker. I agree and so I suggest we start using what one poster used on X…another cliche but more accurate IMHO.

    “That’s my QB. He got that dawg in him” Cory

    THAT’S what made the sideline erupt! They want a dawg in the fight with them not somebody with “moxie”.

  26. optimisticbucsfan Says:

    He was 5/16 for 63 yds at one point

    Come on…245 yards ain’t winning many games

    Sorry…if they are 3-1 I will reconsider.

    But this is a bad football team.

  27. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Wasn’t a fan before the TD to ME13 I was ready to start hollering to bench but those 2 runs deff made me rethink a little bit. I’m rooting for him but still on the fence as a fan of his. I almost really lost it when he missed a wide open TD pass to kio. Can’t miss thoughs but he came thru. Let’s go

  28. David Says:

    MadMax 😂
    Relax, it’s one game. I am not a hater. I am just realistic, he’s been in the league for a while. Led a team that was ready for the Super Bowl, but didn’t make it because of him. He has not shown that he is consistent enough week in and week out to be a # 1 QB.
    I hope I am wrong and he becomes the greatest Buccaneer QB ever.
    I’m just realistic and highly doubt it. My money says they will be drafting a quarterback next year.

  29. David Says:

    He was gritty and had a great run and some nice throws but he also missed a wide-open TE in the seam for a TD that cost them four points and missed hitting Evans on a wide-open third downplay that could’ve led to points.
    Godwin made an awesome catch on third down but with a more accurate throw he wouldn’t have had to.
    They won and there’s obviously room for improvement everywhere but he’s got to be more consistent and accurate.

    I’m really not trying to be pessimistic. I’m very happy for the win. I’m just going to need to see several games before I don’t think they’re going to draft a quarterback next year.

  30. Wild Bill Says:

    The good. The bad. The ugly. All three describe Baker personally and the rest of the team as well. It was a battle between two teams going nowhere. But nobody gave up. Both teams gave every thing they had. Both teams will struggle against teams that are middle of the pack or higher. I wanted Trask to play the second half. But Baker finally got his sheet together in the second half. Not sure yet if he is good or bad, but at least he isn’t a quitter. BUT ITS A WIN!!!! And next week should be too. 2 and 0. That would be a great start. The run game struggled. The pass game improved substantially in the second half. Hope springs eternal. Go buckeroos!

  31. EEK Says:

    That was a lot of fun
    Baker played really hard
    Got to hand it to him
    Makes me really want to root for him

  32. Wild Bill Says:

    @ David. Yup to everything you said.

  33. Capt2fish Says:

    Baker is all heart…to his detriment in Cleveland when he played hurt all year. Love how guys here cherry pick his performance with “yeah buts”. First game of the year and it showed early ….just ask Mike Evans. This team is showing character. And the NFC has been put on notice. We ain’t tanking!

  34. Buccos Says:

    I might actually pay to see them next week

  35. D1 Says:

    A offensive coordinator who just won his very first game and called plays for the first time.
    A QB who has played 3 to 5 possessions in preseason.
    Against a team that was favored and has a huge home field advantage.

    And idiots Nick pick a win! Only in Tampa home of the worst human beings ever

  36. Buc It Says:

    2TD’s and no picks. That’s a win for him. We might have a chance to make the playoffs in our weak division. But the only problem is he is a bandaid for us to find another qb. He is not good enough to ever win us a title. So that’s the dilemma.

  37. justin Says:

    Most of these comments, tell me you’re UF fan with telling me you’re really just a UF fan.


  38. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist and Founder of Says:

    F Yeah!!!!

    Inspired play like this on a continued basis will win over the fanbase guaranteed.

    Baker looked gritty, gutsy, and willing to lay it all the the line and that’s what this team will need from everyone going forward and we will have a really fun/successful season.

    Everyone got Baked today and hopefully it continues!

  39. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist and Founder of Says:

    *on the line

  40. Eric Says:

    Changing teams and learning a new offense not exactly a piece of cake.

    I say well done Baker.

  41. Call the Salt Truck Says:

    6 dropped passes by Bucs recievers, including both Evans and Palmer dropping passes that hit them in the chest. Baker never panicked. Today he outplayed Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow and Deshaun Watson at a fraction of the cost. Hell, he played better than Pat Mahomes did on Thursday against the Lions.

    There were some struggles, but much of that was also protection issues caused by a good gameplan by Flores. Baker adjusted and came out strong in the second half, and was the leader the Bucs needed.

  42. Doug Says:

    Sick of people on here bashing Baker from one side of their mouth then saying they hope he does well… then there are those who trash him for not throwing the ball good enough, having a bad first half, not good enough to win us a title…back this guy up.!!! I css as n see why Tom Brady says he’s “always a Patriot, not a Buc”

  43. Mmilligan Says:

    Mike s, rob munch, Dave
    You told me to call u out after W
    Doing it now
    Your bs is tiring and bad for team FO and get a new team

  44. Mmilligan Says:

    You may Anna go for a golden calf

  45. Nate Says:

    The offensive play calling was way better this year!!! Then last

  46. M milligan Says:

    By the way
    I’ve completed the first leg of triple crown
    Posts are public
    Going 2-0 and gunning down eagles mon night to go 3-0
    10-1 when bet
    Rod munch u asked us to call u out
    What do u have to say about W

  47. M milligan Says:

    Oh and I think Mike said Trask runs 19 mph vs BMs 17 or whatever meaning Trask is more mobile
    I think u call that taking the game in ur own hands

  48. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    So, here’s the thing:

    Celebrate the win. Truthfully, I expected a win in the first game. I even agreed it would happen.

    A few days ago, I even said that the fans who like Baker would set themselves up for disappointment after the win by bragging and calling haters out.


    So here is a good dose of reality

    The Bucs beat a realky bad team today. Really. There were two bad teams on the field, so it looked competitive…but…the Bucs still only barely beat the other team today.

    Baker Mayfield played like a rookie QB…a lot of misses, and then a surge in hurryup offense. Winston did the same early on.

    The stiffarm run? Winston did a lot of those sort of runs early on, and he even did run blocking as well.

    No, I am not saying Winston was good. I’m saying he was bad, but he had a few good moments.

    That is what Mayfield has done his entire career.

    So what’s next?

    • Teams already know how to beat Mayfield. What hapoens when they start blitzing him with this offensive line?

    • Tipped passes will increase.

    • Defensive pressure is going to steadily increase over the next few weeks.

    • Mayfield is going to scramble a lot more. Injury is at high risk.

    • Lots more bad throws coming. Bake Mayfield of the early game is thw one he really is.

    But enjoy for the week. Reality is coming.

  49. MadMax Says:

    @David, thats the problem, everyone doubting him….he had to get warmed up i guess, i dont know….so did his WR/TE….I’m not trying to make excuses…is what it is, theres room for improvement, yes, and Im sure he’s all over it

  50. Brandon Says:

    Scrappy, tons of heart, fiery, and just enough mobility. We haven’t had this from the QB position in years. Last year’s Bucs would have lost this game by double digits.

  51. Brandon Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai, the Vikings are a bad team? The same team that won 13 games last season is now bad because they have a much better defensive coordinator?

    You ask, what happens when defenses start blitzing? I take it you didn’t watch the game? Flores was blitzing the Bucs from the opening snap and didn’t stop. Everything you stated against Mayfield was wishful thinking. Mayfield was very Jeff Garcia-esque. He shaddd very few commonalities to Winston. Go follow another team if you can’t be objective and are gonna hate for no reason.

  52. Mike C Says:

    Bonzai, did you count the 3 drops by our TE and dropped TDs by the Bucs Star WR, maybe thT clears up instead, Buca get MOJO going and kick some AS$!

  53. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    Gaytor bois will never give baker credit they’re still hurt inside

  54. orlbucfan Says:

    I looked at this game like a 4th preseason one with the roster set. But, wait a minute! That Viking offense got them in the playoffs last year. They have totally cleaned house on their defense. They’re not cupcakes. For the Bucs D to shut that Bike O down in the second half is pretty awesome if you ask me! Especially that Jefferson dude cos he was a killer in the first half.

  55. Donald G Says:

    Those fans were so loud in the first half. So its no wonder we had a hard time. But you know we showed a lot of grit and won the damn game. I am proud of these guys. Great run by Baker. And a even better catch by Godwin on the last drive. Still need to run better