The Bucs came into Week 10 looking to get their first victory at home and snap their four game losing streak against the Cardinals. It was a close back and forth game the entire time and it came down to the final minutes for the Bucs to manage to get a victory. This was an extremely important win for the Bucs now getting to a 3-6 record, and they will look to take this momentum into the second half of the season.
Shaq Barrett continued his monster year with another great performance against the Cardinals. Barrett finished the game with three tackles and one sack while being able to consistently cause pressure on Murray during other plays. He should have had a second sack in the 4th quarter but the Bucs had no challenge flags left to review the play and let the officials reverse the call on the field. Barrett currently leads the league in sacks this season with 10.5.
This was the first week that Ronald Jones has started in his career and he showed glimpses throughout the game of why he deserves this spot. He was a crucial part in getting the offense rolling with multiple 3rd down conversions off of screen passes. Jones also was able to score touchdown at the end of the 1st quarter after breaking a tackle. Although he only had 29 yards rushing, he finished right behind Mike Evans in receiving yards with 77 yards. Jones’ major mistake was a fumble lost in the 4th quarter but his overall performance helped him make it on the winners list.
After coming off a rough game against the Seahawks last week, Jamel Dean was able to bounce back against the Cardinals. Dean had two great broken up passes when he was first targeted and was able to read each of the routes perfectly. His biggest play of the game came in the 4th quarter when he intercepted Kyler Murray in Bucs territory. This was a huge interception because the Cardinals had a chance to extend their lead late in the game and prevent the Bucs from coming back.
Jameis had a decent performance against the Cardinals finishing with 358 yards and a touchdown but what impacted the game the most was his two interceptions. Winston threw an interception during first drive of the game allowing the Cardinals to get an early lead. Two other critical plays was when he missed T.J. Logan on a wheel route during 3rd down and overthrew another pass to wide open receiver Breshad Perriman at the end of the 1st half. His last interception was off a tipped pass but the Bucs still were able to get the ball back when Lavonte David stripped the ball away from David Johnson.
The secondary continues to show that major changes need to be made and that they are the weakest part of the defense. The first major mistake was by Sean Murphy-Bunting who allowed a touchdown at the end of the 1st half to Christian Kirk off missed coverage. The second one was by Ryan Smith who allowed a 69 yard touchdown from Christian Kirk again during the 3rd quarter because he wasn’t aligned correctly allowing the receiver to run right by him. The secondary needs to find a way to prevent these big yard plays with a dangerous Michael Thomas coming up next week.
The offensive line had an up and down game against the Cardinals with some plays giving Winston great protection and other ones letting the defensive line to get right to him. They allowed four sacks on Winston with one of them leading to a fumble. Another problem was not giving the Ronald Jones or Peyton Barber good lanes to run through. Both of them were stopped at the line of scrimmage or held to a few yards during the majority of plays. The Bucs’ offensive line needs to improve with run blocking to take pressure off Winston and allow him to have more time in the pocket.