The Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced a team with a backup quarterback on Sunday. They faced a team missing a young star receiver, as well. They faced a team with a good turnover margin, but that lacked in wins as a result.
So despite facing a St. Louis Rams team that was very much like the Buccaneers, Tampa Bay fell short to lose their 11th game of the year.
The Buccaneers gained only 170 total yards on the day, while allowing seven sacks and turning the ball over on two fumbles. The 32nd ranked offense in the league looked the part on Sunday, gaining only three yards per play against a decent St. Louis defense.
The Buccaneers would find the end zone only once on a Bobby Rainey one-yard touchdown. The score was the finale to an 85-yard drive, which represented half of the Tampa Bay offense on the day.
The defense was as good as it normally is, shutting down the St. Louis offense and preventing 300 total yards of offense. But the tough running of Zac Stacy and a big play on a double reverse to Stedman Bailey would prove to be the difference, as the normally stout Tampa Bay run defense would allow 129 rushing yards on the day.
The Bucs fall to 4-11 on the year, while the Rams improve to 7-8. The Buccaneers face the New Orleans Saints next week, who are coming off of a loss to the Carolina Panthers in the final minute of their Week 16 matchup.