The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are losing 23-9 to the Minnesota Vikings as everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. At least there haven't been any injuries yet. Thankfully, it's just a preseason game.
After an up-and-down first quarter, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers collapsed just a little in the second half, starting with Jameis Winston's first interception of his career. It was not a pretty one -- Mike Evans may have been held a little, but Winston simply missed the wide receiver and threw it right into the arms of a Vikings defender.
And that's when Garrett Gilkey came in to screw everything up with two bad snaps and a false start to show that he really, really shouldn't be playing center. Or maybe any position, though he did look better at right guard earlier in the game. Gilkey essentially killed any hopes the Bucs offense had of doing anything in the second quarter until the two-minute warning, when Jameis Winston managed to find his favorite receiver a bunch of times. Apparently, that receiver is called Louis Murphy, catching four balls for 54 yards from Winston in the first half.
Incidentally, the Bucs' quarterback got on the board there with a touchdown -- on the ground! His statline for the first half (and likely the day): 9/18 for 131 yards, one interception, two sacks, and three carries for 16 yards and a touchdown.
The Bucs' second-team defense looked quite a bit worse than the Bucs' first-team defense, giving up two easy touchdowns and a slew of big plays without a semblance of a pass rush. The Bucs may want to fix that, because this team is not going to win a lot of games if today's defensive performance is what they're going to show up with on opening day.