Buccaneers blow 24-0 lead to lose to Redskins 31-30

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[Joe Bucs Fan] [Tampa Bay Times] [PFT] [Washington Post]

[Winston TD to Evans] [Winston TD to Dye]

Well that sucked. There came a point in the game where I just knew; I told my wife as I watched with her and my daughter, that the Buccaneers were going to lose this game. I’ve seen this type of NFL game many times in my life. And sure enough, things broke just right for the Bucs to lose this game and allow the Redskins their largest comeback in franchise history.

It wasn’t all bad. Jameis Winston threw the ball as well as he has in his pro career today finishing 21 of 29 for 297 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. The throws he made on touchdowns linked above were awesome. I think that throw to Evans was the new best in his pro career. Winston made other high octane throws like this 25-yarder to Mike Evans, and this for 29 yards to Louis Murphy, and Evans again for a 24-yard gain; and so many others that didn’t make it into a highlight reel. The guy really deserved to get the win today.

And Doug Martin was phenomenal again. He’s a really good NFL back at the time being.

After this fumble recovery for a touchdown by Mister Howard Jones, I really thought this was going to be a complete blowout and was concerned the Buccaneers passing game wouldn’t get their numbers. Man how I wish I could have that concern back.

Washington then went to work. Kirk Cousins tallied 338 passing yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions in his own right. That’s how bad the Tampa Bay secondary and defense played as a whole. Jordan Reed had 11 catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns, including the one that sealed the inevitable fate of the Buccaneers on this Sunday.

This reminded me so much of a Cleveland Browns loss, it really did. Mike Evans was awesome today; he showed how dangerous he and Winston could be every week if that was the game plan. And no one got hurt. You look around the league at some of the gruesome injuries and you’re just lucky that we will for sure get to see these guys next week. But Tampa Bay and Lovie Smith let this one get away. They won’t be .500 again this year. This was the big swing. Jameis Winston’s finest day as a pro was wasted by a futile effort from his own defense.

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