Another exciting finish for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as Matt Gay kicks the game winning field for a 16-14 win over the Miami Dolphins. Here is a full recap of the game, quarter by quarter.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting offense played one series, and after an exciting Jameis Winston scramble, the Buccaneers stalled for a punt.
Both sides of he ball were plagued with drops. The rain and wind didn’t help matters as players were slipping and sliding all over the field.
The real fun started when Kevin Minter absolutely blew up the backfield on a 2nd and one.
Kevin Minter came through like a freight train 😤
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The second quarter was the Shaquil Barret show, as he was constantly in the backfield causing havoc for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Devante Bond also showed fantastic burst off the ball to get a sack of his own.
Shaq forking Barrett. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/8VvdIbOzSn
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Carlos Boozer really struggled playing as the left tackle tonight and failed to secure the edge on multiple plays.
Bobo Wilson is fast, really fast. He caught a quick slant route and took it 20 yards. He also dropped back on several occasions for punt returns. I think he currently holds the job as primary returner in week one.
Jamel Dean dropped a sure fire interception towards the end of the quarter. I’ll give the rookie a pass as he gets his redemption later in the game.
After Bruce Arians called out Sean Murphy-Bunting last week, the rookie cornerback got his first sack from the nickel position. Just a taste of what Todd Bowles will do come the regular season.
Bruce Arians was so furious with the officials that his face was more read than the Bucco Bruce hat on his head. A Zack Bailey holding call ruined a Dare Ogunbowale 35 yards screen pass.
The Buccaneers were stout in the run game, particularly Rakeem Nunez-Roches with multiple stops on third down
The first play of quarter four with a fantastic Devante Bond pass break up. The Dolphins were setting up a screen and the outside linebacker got right into the quarterbacks face.
The backup offensive line is having a bad game. Brock Ruble was put on skates on at the right tackle position on multiple occasions.
John Battle had a fantastic pass break up in the end zone. He did not record a snap after being signed shortly before week one, but really performed well tonight.
Jamel Dean got his redemption with 6:23 left in the fourth quarter. He intercepted a pass off Jake Rudock in the end zone.
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With a tie game at 6-6, Ryan Griffin drove the Buccaneers down the field for a go ahead touchdown. A reviewed pass interference went in favor of the Buccaneers, as Justin Watson was held at the one yard line. The second year wide receiver is not having a great preseason up to this point. He needs to clean up the drops if he wants to secure a spot on this roster.
On the other hand, Tanner Hudson has had fantastic back to back games. His ability to make tough catches has really jumped out in both contests.
Dare Ogunbowale with a huge 40 yard screen. The backup running back had another fantastic game and should provide pressure to Andre Ellington for third on the depth chart.
The Buccaneers defense fails to stop the Dolphins as they score a two point conversion with under a minute remaining. Battle had another fantastic pass breakup on this drive.
Tanner Hudson with back to back fantastic catches in crunch time to set up a Matt Gay 48 yard field goal. The rookie kicker nails it under a pressure situation for the win, 16-14!