The game played out just like a Lovie Smith game would. The Buccaneers would get a late touchdown with just over two minutes to go in the game to go up 13-10. All the Bucs would need is one defensive stop. Unfortunately, that never happened.
Behind rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater, the Vikings would march 61 yards in 9 plays and kick a game-tying field goal with no time left on the clock. The Vikings would end up winning the game on a forced fumble by rookie LB Anthony Barr, which he would then return for the game-winning touchdown on the first play of overtime.
The Bucs defense had their chance to finally make a clutch play to win a game, much like the great Buc defenses of the past would do. Johnthan Banks had a pass hit him in the hands that he would drop. If he makes the catch, the game is over.
“It was just a huge play," Lovie Smith said of Banks' dropped interception after the game. "A game like that when it’s that tight, every play, every conversion on third down and when you get a chance to take the ball away like that – end the game really – you have to make that play. It’s about making plays when you get in position. Of course, we did a lot of things before that, but late in the game we needed someone to step up.”
After comments by Bucs DT Gerald McCoy this week where he called the Bucs defense soft and with him signing his massive contract extension, all eyes would be on the Bucs highest paid player. While McCoy has been a very talented player, his lack of impact plays to win games when games were on the line has been a topic of conversation recently.
“I was sure we were going to put that one away, and we have to," McCoy said of the final drive. "We have to get on the tape to see what did happen, but I’ll take this situation again. I’ll take it every game if that’s what it has to be. I love those situations, we just have to capitalize on it.”
McCoy did get a sack on Sunday afternoon, but the play of the Bucs defensive line was disappointing again. The Vikings came into Sunday's matchup with one of the worst offensive lines in football, yet the Bucs were only able to muster McCoy's lone sack. The Bucs, and McCoy, also failed to make the big play on the final drive to win the game as well. The Vikings had given up at least 5 sacks in each of the past two games.
One player that deserves credit is Lavonte David. David was fantastic all day for the Bucs and clearly looked like the most talented defensive player the Bucs had on their team. David would end with 14 tackles including 3 tackles for a loss.
The Bucs travel up to Cleveland to face the Browns next Sunday.
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