The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got off to a poor start against the Los Angeles Rams, but lead 20-10 by now, and look like they’r the better team by far. That started with this interception — the Bucs’ first takeaway of the entire season, and Kwon Alexander’s first touchdown in his career.
This is just a beautiful bit of anticipation by Kwon Alexander. There’s not even real pressure on Keenum, but he just went through his three-step drop and threw the ball immediately, without apparently looking whether the man he was targeting was actually covered.
The danger of Alexander jumping that route prematurely, and he was in position well before the ball was out, is that it obviously leaves room behind him. That isn’t much of a concern against Los Angeles, though. Despite Case Keenum’s 44-yard touchdown earlier in the game, they barely have a downfield passing game, allowing the Bucs defense to sit close to the line of scrimmage.
It would help, though, if the Bucs could get some more pressure on the quarterback. With Jacquies Smith on injured reserve and Robert Ayers out with another injury, the Bucs once again cannot get any edge pressure to help Gerald McCoy.