The Tampa Bay Buccaneers started the season with one of the best coverage teams in the NFL. They’re ending it with what has to be one of the worst performances in the NFL: they’ve allowed two kickoff returns for touchdowns in two weeks, and both of those set records for their teams.
The first came last week, when Damiere Byrd returned a kickoff 103 yards for the Carolina Panthers. That was the difference in that game, giving the Panthers one of their two touchdowns that week—a crucial one, in what ended up being a 24-21 win for the Panthers. Those 103 yards also set a record for longest Panthers kickoff return ever.
And today, the Saints did the same thing. On their first kickoff return of the day, Alvin Kamara took it to the house—untouched, in what has to be the easiest kickoff return touchdown I’ve ever seen.
Those 106 yards also set a record for the Saints, per ESPN, which makes this whole Bucs kickoff coverage unit pretty terrible.