After one quarter, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are down 14-0 to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Bucs offense is once again struggling, despite facing one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. The team came out running the ball on seven straight plays, turning over the ball on downs on their first try. They turned to Jameis Winston to get the ball down the field on their second try — but that didn’t exactly work either, as the Bucs were once again forced to punt.
And on the third try, Winston just turned the ball over. First missing an underneath defender, who knocked it away. And on the next play, an inaccurate ball led to an easy tipped ball and a pick — with Mike Evans getting injured due to a nasty but seemingly legal block as well.
Meanwhile, the defense gave up a touchdown on the first drive, putting the Bucs down 7-0. But since then, the Bucs have forced two punts and have held up pretty well. The run defense appears to be struggling a little more than the pass defense, interestingly. The Bucs did give up a touchdown after that Jameis Winston interception, albeit on a very short field.
Regardless, the Bucs do not look like the better team right now, and most of that is down to the offense’s incompetence. Which is especially disappointing given the 49ers’ own problems on defense. For the second game in a row, the Bucs just can’t take advantage of a weak defense.