It was the debut of the Buccaneers’ new pewter uniforms and it harkened back to the days of the “Pewter Power” mantra. The Buccaneers were dominant nearly from the jump and finished off the Broncos in Mile High by a final of 28-10.
Though they once again hit some rough patches in the second half - most notably the third quarter - the defense continues to be one of the most dominant in the NFL, notching six sacks and two interceptions on the afternoon.
Tom Brady had his best game as a Buccaneer thus far, finishing with 297 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. Meanwhile, there is some concern with wide receiver Chris Godwin who left the game with a hamstring injury in the third quarter.
Anyway, let’s dive into another victory Monday edition of Pick Six.
Six Topics Suitable For Conversation
1.) Gotta clean it up. The Bucs are still having an issue with penalties, most notably along the offensive line. Just far too many holding penalties killing drives and negating big gains. They have to get better. Brady was hurried and hit far too many times and the line had far too many mistakes. These aren’t things that championship teams do and if the Buccaneers are trying to be on that level, it has to be fixed.
2.) Antoine Winfield Jr. This kid just continues to impress. He doesn’t play like a rookie. He’s out there playing like a fifth year captain that has been to four Pro Bowls. Just an absolute beast. Running away with defensive rookie of the year and it’s only week three.
3.) Brady to Gronk is back. It took a few weeks - and some comments from both Rob Gronkowski and head coach Bruce Arians - but it looks like the Brady to Gronk connection is reaching vintage form. Gronk led all players with seven targets and six receptions while finishing fourth in yards (48). Brady was looking Gronk’s way in the end zone but the coverage was too tight and the play resulted in a sack. In spite of that, it’s something to build on as Gronk looks to be getting his legs back under him.
4.) Chris Godwin and Sean Murphy-Bunting out? Godwin left the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury while SMB had exited in the first half with the same issue. I don’t know what’s going on at the Advent Health Training Center but these hamstring issues are becoming very concerning. Every week it seems as though someone new is missing time with the same issue. This staff needs to figure out what the problem is and get it taken care of. If Godwin is out an extended period of time, it could lead to trouble for the Buccaneers.
5.) Sack Barrett is back. Shaquil Barrett was hyped for this one. It was with the Denver Broncos that he got his chance but it was with the Buccaneers he got to start. After Denver let him walk out the door he knew he would get a chance to see them and make them regret that decision - and did he ever. Two sacks, three tackles for loss, six total tackles and a safety. Talk about a statement performance. People were growing concerned that Barrett hadn’t gotten to the quarterback yet but the focus on him by opposing offenses has opened things up for other players. Now, Shaq has put the league on notice again - he’s not going anywhere.
6.) Get loud, Bucs fans. Fans will be allowed inside Raymond James Stadium for their week four contest against the Los Angeles Chargers. There was no one there in week two against the Panthers but now season ticket holders will have the opportunity to see the new look Buccaneers and Tom Brady live and in person. If you’re one of the lucky few that get in, make sure the Chargers feel your presence!
Six Numbers To Consider
2 - The magic number for Mike Evans vs Denver - two receptions, two yards, two touchdowns
4 - Years its been since the Bucs had 6+ sacks and 2+ turnovers in a game (2016, vs Seattle)
5 - Straight games with a sack for Jason Pierre-Paul, tied with Simeon Rice for third longest streak in team history
12 - Career interceptions by Lavonte David - second most in the NFL by a linebacker since 2012
9 - Gronk’s all-time rank in receptions by a tight end. He’s and Vernon Davis are tied with 610
29 - Times Tom Brady has thrown 3+ touchdowns in a single half in his career
Six Best Tweets
This guy caught 6 of 7 targets tonight. But he's a blocking tight end. pic.twitter.com/9jyiR5OhvF— Carmen Vitali (@CarmieV) September 28, 2020
Mike Edwards can ball. Great insurance to have on this team. pic.twitter.com/EyNeiVEp2j— JC Cornell (@CornellNFL) September 27, 2020
RT if you're a fan of these color rush unis pic.twitter.com/QuKBOxvP12— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) September 27, 2020
You've followed Tampa sports long enough, you know how this works https://t.co/Hv28SzRfCP— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) September 27, 2020
If your a @Buccaneers and your not happy with a win on the road take a serious rational look in the mirror. Getting better every week as & will cont to get better but enjoy every win! #GoBucs https://t.co/Ez3EUNzIVt— Jake Arians (@JakeBArians) September 28, 2020
Six Things To Improve
6.) Drops - far too many receivers dropping passes that should be caught. Work with those jugs machines, gents.
5.) Play calling - The second half the last two weeks has gotten a bit too conservative which is leading to drives stalling. Stay aggressive. This is the NFL. Things can change in an instant
4.) Pass Interference - Three games, three weeks of Carlton Davis getting called for pass interference. He could be one of the best in the league if he fixes that glaring issue.
3.) Special Teams - While Ryan Succop has been pretty darn good, he’s had two kicks blocked this year. This could end up costing them if they don’t figure out how to prevent it.
2.) Offensive Line - Pass protection was average at best, run blocking has been below average and there’s been way too many of the number one thing on this list. Figure it out, guys.
1.) Penalties - Championship teams don’t shoot themselves in the foot repeatedly. Too many holding calls, too many pass interference calls, too many offsides/false starts. These need to be cut down to a fraction of what they are now.
Six Super Bowl Bets
Per usual, this list is constructed prior to the completion of Sunday Night Football
1.) Kansas City Chiefs - As Ric Flair said, “To be the best *WOOOO* you gotta beat the best.” and no one has beaten KC
2.) Baltimore Ravens - The biggest threat in the NFL to Kansas City’s crown
3.) Seattle Seahawks - That defense is bad, but Russell Wilson is mind blowingly incredible
4.) Pittsburgh Steelers - Big Ben is back and this defense might be the best in the NFL
5.) Green Bay Packers - Aaron Rodgers can still beat you with sub-par receivers
8.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Getting better week by week and winning in the process