Wow, what a great day yesterday as the realbucstalk crew got to enjoy a great tailgate hosted by What The Buc, and then head into Ray Jay and watch the Bucs give the Bears a real ass whooping. Even though it was really hot, the Bucs came out ready to play from the start and played a complete game beating the Bears 29-7. They dominated in every facet of the game, offense, defense, and special teams all three units played well. The talk all week was would the Bucs be rusty, but the offense came out and set the tone on the first drive of the game.
Jameis and company drove right down the field, as the unit was displaying good balance with the run and the pass. The drive eventually stalled and the Bucs settled for three as new kicker Nick Folk put it right through the uprights. The tone was set as the Bucs looked like they were going to be able to do what they want with the Bears defense all game. We could already see the impact that WR Desean Jackson is going to have this year, as fellow WR Mike Evans took advantage of one on one matchups including this great touchdown catch
Excellent ball placement from Jameis Winston on the Mike Evans TD throw. Put it where only Evans could get it. pic.twitter.com/DKhHWb3N4n
— Ollie Connolly (@OllieConnolly) September 17, 2017
Evans would go on to finish the day with 7 catches for 93 yards and 1 td and it should be a sign of things to come this season. The offense did a good job of staying balance as the Bucs ran the ball 34 times vs throwing it 31 times piling up over 300 yards of total offense. I thought Jameis did a great job of taking what was there and not forcing the issue downfield. He looked in control and displayed a calm presence throughout the game. The best part was no turnovers by Jameis which is something we hope he can cut down this season.
Now let’s get to the unit that stole the game and that is the Bucs defense. They dominated for four quarters and really didn’t let the Bears come up for air to breathe. Last year, the Bucs defense were one of the best at taking the ball away. Well on Sunday, they forced 4 turnovers including a pick 6 by CB Robert McClain. The Bucs D was flying and hitting everything that moved, led by Lavonte David who led the team with 8 tackles. Up front, Gerald McCoy was outstanding as he was consistently getting into the backfield. Watch this play below as Noah Spence and McCoy cause a big forced fumble that changed the game.
Here a better view of the sack fumble and nice blitz by Beckwith. Guy really has improved with every game pic.twitter.com/eWhg4ODdD4
— RealBucsTalk (@RealBucsTalk) September 18, 2017
We talked all week about containing the edge as the Bears like to run the ball outside with the stretch run, well the Bucs run D was outstanding as they held the Bears to just 20 yards rushing. The Bucs tackled and played very physical as they were hitting and made the Bears receivers timid to go over the middle. This defense looks ready to be a top defense this year, and if they can this team has a chance to make some noise. With that being said, It was a great start to the 2017 season and now the Bucs are 1-0 going into week 3 where they will go on the road to face the Vikings.