The Bucs got off to a bad start, allowing Julio Jones to catch three passes for 47 yards on the Falcons' opening drive -- Mike Jenkins was no match for Atlanta's top receiver, and neither is anyone else on the Bucs' roster. But despite a personal foul on Chris Conte and Jacquies Smith jumping offside to negate a Kwon Alexander interception, the Bucs did hold the Falcons to just a field goal there.
Buccaneers already used 18 different defensive players on Falcons first offensive drive— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) November 1, 2015
The Bucs for their part almost got a three-and-out, but Vic Beasley lining up in the neutral zone gave the Bucs a free first down. Ironically, Adrian Clayborn then stuffed Doug Martin after a number of good runs to force them to punt anyway. Kwon Alexander made the play of the first quarter by simply ripping the ball out of Julio Jones' hands and setting Jameis Winston and company up well in field goal range. Two inaccurate throws by Winston forced the Bucs to kick it, tying the game at 3-3.
Here's your second quarter open thread.