Shipwrecked in Tampa Bay: Bucs suffer loss on failed two point conversion

Fourteen seconds left in the game on a 3rd and goal.


Tom Brady found Russell Gage in the end zone, bringing Tampa Bay within two points of Green Bay at 14-12. In their first two-point conversion attempt of the season, Tom Brady dodged pressure from the defensive line before throwing the ball. Green Bay linebacker De’Vondre Campbell extinguished any hopes of a tie tipping the ball to the ground.


Green Bay recovered the onside kick by Tampa, and the Packers caused a shipwreck in Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneer’s struggles throughout the game started early on, and fans faced many waves along the game. The team’s only points through the first half was a field goal to put the Buccaneers up 3-0.


Aaron Rodgers responded with two touchdowns on back-to-back possessions. The first was a five-yard touchdown to Romeo Doubs in the first quarter and a six-yard touchdown to Allen Lazard.


Ryan Succop hit another field goal in the third, putting the team within eight. However, the Buccaneers couldn’t fend off the pressure and coverage of the Packers as they fell 14-12.


Tom Brady found another receiver in Russell Gage, who caught 12 for 87 yards and a touchdown. He was without Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Julio Jones. Brady threw for 271 yards and distributed the football to eight wide receivers. Leonard Fournette struggled to get past the Packer’s defensive line, fighting in the trenches for 35 yards on 12 rushes.


Tampa may have been able to keep them in the game, but Tom Brady couldn’t muster up any magic. The Bucs were 2/11 on third down, fumbled twice, and were outplayed 33:25 to 26:35 in time of possession. The offensive line also gave up three sacks. Even more puzzling is that Green Bay didn’t score once in the second half. Rodgers threw for 255 yards and was 27 of 35 with an interception. Doubs led the Packers in receptions with eight and recorded 87 yards on the day, while Lazard caught four for 47 yards. Veteran receiver Randall Cobb had 57 yards on two catches.


The Bucs’ defense continued to show up despite it not being enough. Mike Edwards led the team with nine tackles, followed by Antoine Winfield Jr at six. Logan Hall sacked Aaron Rodgers once, while Logan Ryan picked off Rodgers. For the second-ranked fantasy defense this year, it looks like offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich will have to go to the drawing board to create ways for Brady to find the end zone.


Their next matchup is against the Kansas City Chief for Sunday Night Football at home. A Super Bowl 55 rematch, where both teams look to make a statement under the lights.


Tom Brady is 3-2 against Patrick Mahomes (according to CBSSports.com) and plans on making that 4-2. However, the Chiefs are coming off a loss to divisional rival Indianapolis Colts, where they lost by three and were held scoreless in the fourth. Both teams are looking to rebound on one of the biggest stages in football.


The X factor will be finding a scheme to prevent Mahomes’ magic. The Kansas City quarterback has thrown one pick all year and has eight passing touchdowns. Putting pressure on him is critical if the Buccaneers want to force turnovers. In addition to Mahomes, the Chiefs boast Travis Kelce, the league’s top tight end. Kelce has three straight fifty-yard games and two touchdowns. Tampa Bay’s safeties Antoine Winfield Jr. and Mike Edwards need to continue their impact against the passing game if the Bucs want to keep the ball on their end.


Tampa’s gameplan will be similar to the Packers, as both teams have a dual-threat running back. Clyde-Edwards Helaire has 22 rushes for 121 yards and a touchdown while having at least three receptions. This will be tricky for linebackers coordinator Larry Foote, who has to devise a plan to put pressure on Mahomes and keep an eye on Kansas City’s running back. Overall, the Buccaneers need to prevent big passes from happening and put KC’s kicker Harrison Butker on the field to minimize points.


This game has huge implications for both teams so early in the season. The Tampa Bay Bucs are the captain of the NFC South, where the Panthers, Saints, and Falcons are 1-2. Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs are tied with Denver Broncos in first place at 2-1. In third place is the Chargers at 1-2, and Oakland has yet to win a game. Looking at the league, the Eagles and Dolphins are undefeated at 3-0.


Will Tom Brady bounces back to give the fans a victory at home, or will Mahomes cause another shipwreck in the Buccaneer’s season debut of primetime football? Tune in Sunday Night to find out whether the Chiefs reclaim their land as top dogs in the AFC or the Bucs steer towards success.

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