Lost. Lost opportunities, lost on third downs, lost on time of possession, loss of offensive possession, and loss of offensive plays. All this sums up to an evident loss.
New Orleans' Basic stats before the game
Defensive Passing: 31st (287 yards/game)
Defensive Rushing: 32nd (137 yards/game)
Points Against: 32nd (31.6 ppg)
Tampa Bay's Basic stats before the game
Offensive Passing: 25th (226 yards/game)
Offensive Rushing: 2nd (143 yards/game)
Points For: 18th (22.5 ppg)
Here is what transpired in the game for the offense:
|TB Offense vs NO Defense|
|Tampa Bay||NO||TB - Opp Differential||Differential %|
|Game Stat||Pre-Game Stat|
Against the worst defense in the league, the offense came out impotent. The only good thing about the offense was our production from our running back tandem Hack and Slash of Martin and Sims. On 11 attempts, Martin averaged 7.3 yards per run. Sims had eight targets and 64 yards receiving, both tops in the passing department.
|TB Offense vs NO Defense|
|Qtr||Drive||Plays||Yards||Result||RZ||Pts||40 + yard Drives||50 + yard Drives||60 + yard Drives||70 + Yard Drives||80 + Yard Drives||Totals|
The Bucs only had 9 offensive possessions that only produced 54 plays. That is it, 54 plays. Over half of the offensive drives were of five plays or less that resulted in punts. To give perspective of the 54 plays in the game, allow me to present our average of plays for the season, not including this New Orleans game:
|2015 TB Offense vs Opposing Defense|
|Team||Drive||Plays||Yards||Off Scoring||40 + yard Drives||50 + yard Drives||60 + yard Drives||70 + Yard Drives||80 + Yard Drives||90 + yard Drives||Total|
|Percent of drives over total number of drives||9.0%||7.5%||8.2%||7.5%||7.5%||0.7%||40.3%|
Our average of plays for the season, excluding the last game against the Saints, the Bucs' offense was able to earn 66 plays. That is 12 extra plays in the game, or possibly two extra drives. Time of possession would also identify this lack of possession of 22 minutes and 46 seconds, roughly a third of the game.
|3rd Down Offensive Opportunities|
|vs New Orleans, Game 13|
|Opp||Drive||Location||Yards to go||Play||Converted||Scoring Drive|
|1||1||TB 24||6||Pass (Inc)||0|
|2||2||TB 24||2||Pass (lateral)||0|
|4||4||NO 42||10||Scramble||1||18 yard QB Scramble|
|NO 19||5||Pass (Inc)||No Play||Penalty - Defensive Holding; Gives first down.||Yes - TD|
|5||NO 21||5||FG||FG made||End of half||Yes - FG|
|7||NO 33||6||Pass||0||Short pass for 4 yards.||No - Missed FG|
|8||7||TB 25||5||Pass (inc)||0||TE Brate|
|9||8||TB 29||1||Pass||1||13 yard pass to Evans|
|10||TB 37||15||Pass (Screen)||0||Sims||Yes - TD|
|11||9||TB 44||10||Pass (Inc)||0||WR Dye drops a first down pass.|
Out of 10 qualified passing opportunities on third down, only three of them were converted except one of those chances was an 18 yard scramble. This represents a 30% success rate in a passing situation. Winston for the day was 18 - 32 passing, or 56.2% accurate. To be fair, the Bucs' distance to convert 3rd downs of five yards or more was eight opportunities. Which means the offense is not doing enough on first and second down so it can help itself to a more advantageous third down situation.
The passing game and play calling have spiraled toward the Arroyo vortex, 16.0 points per game average. As mentioned on several occasions throughout the offensive drive analysis, so goes the offense do the wins follow. For the past three games, the Bucs' offense has been averaging 17.3 points per game. During that same game span, the Bucs' defense has allowed on average of 22.6 points per game. The performance put out by the offense against the worst defense in the league has me disappointed, but the past three games have been pathetic offensively after what they dealt to Philadelphia, a 38 point outburst.
With Martin averaging 5.7 yards per game before the final offensive drive on 10 rushing attempts, here is how the last drive concluded:
1st and 10 @ TB 20: Martin to TB 44 for 24 yards with 4:41 left in the game.
1st and 10 @ TB 44: Winston incomplete to Evans, short middle.
2nd and 10 @ TB 44: Winston incomplete to Sims on a wheel route, overthrew Sims. (In Koetter's weekly interview, he noted how Winston was looking off the safety and blindly assumed Sims would be in that area of he were not bumped on his route.)
3rd and 10 @ TB 44: Winston incomplete to Dye on a deep slant. Dye simply dropped the ball.
4th and 10 @ TB 44: Punt with 4:21 left in the game.
Tampa's most consistent and most explosive player was not utilized often enough on the last drive. Recall earlier in the article how the Bucs' offense needed to help itself by producing in its first two downs for a third and short - it went big and relied on rookies.
The offense never had a chance to see the ball again because the Saints converted three 3rd downs to milk the clock away, one of them a defensive penalty.