Yarcho’s Pick Six: Buccaneers Start Slow, Rout 49ers
By James Yarcho
Things looked really ugly really fast for the Buccaneers. However, after falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter, the Bucs bounced back to score 27 unanswered points on their way to a 34-17 win in San Francisco.
Whew! That was way more stressful than it needed to be in the beginning. It was really nice to see the Buccaneers show some resiliency and not roll over as we’ve seen in recent years. They stayed true to the game plan, clawed their way back, and eventually took complete control of the game. The defense stepped up once again – outside of the opening drive and the short field touchdown courtesy of a Jameis Winston interception – and shut down the 49ers for the vast majority of the game. All that being said, let’s pick six!
Six Topics Suitable For Discussion
Have we found our new #2 receiver?
made some big time catches in this game and showed why he should be the top in-house candidate to line up opposite
moving forward. Winston obviously trusts him and even called him the “best overall player on this team.” If Jason Licht isn’t making phone calls to trade for a compliment to Mike Evans for 2016 and potentially beyond, Shepard might be the guy who steps up and helps out this offense.
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Six Numbers To Consider
13 – Number needed for Mike Evans to become the Bucs’ all time leader in receiving touchdowns
2014 – The last year a running back had 25+ carries in back to back games until Jacquizz Rodgers did it Sunday (DeMarco Murray was the last one)
+6 – Bucs turnover differential in last two games
1 – Mike Evans’ NFL rank in targets per game (12.5 targets per game)
513 – Total yards by the Buccaneers, fourth most in team history
6 – Career games where Jameis Winston has a passer rating over 100.0
Six Top Performers
6.) Peyton Barber – He had limited playing time, but in the fourth quarter, Barber sealed the deal with his first career touchdown on a 44-yard run. Barber finished with 12 carries for 84 yards.
5.) Bradley McDougald – Give credit where credit is due. I’ve been one of McDougald’s biggest critics, but he showed up today. He finished with seven tackles – one for loss – a pass defensed, and an interception. It seemed like he was consistently around the ball today making plays.
4.) Russell Shepard – The Bucss needed someone besides Evans to step up at wide receiver and Shep answered the call. Would love to see him involved in the offense more.
3.) Jameis Winston – Made some mistakes early and missed on a few passes, but overall Winston had a solid game, finishing with 269 yards on 21-of-30 passing, three touchdowns, and an interception. We need to see more of this Jameis moving forward.
2.) Mike Evans – What else is there to say? Dare I say elite?
1.) Jacquizz Rodgers – Two starts, 255 yards rushing. We could get used to this…
Six Fun Ways To Prepare For Raiders Week
6.) Go buy every can of silver paint you can find so Raiders fans can’t paint themselves
5.) Ensure that every Raider player that calls for an Uber gets stranded
4.) Make sacrifices to the football gods that Doug Martin returns to shred them like he did last time
3.) Remind every Raiders fan you see that their team is moving to Las Vegas, rendering them depressed and unable to cheer Sunday.
2.) Troll Tim Brown on Twitter incessantly about how he keeps crying that Bill Callahan “threw” the Super Bowl, leaving him ringless.
1.) Watch the Super Bowl XXXVII DVD over and over and over and over…
Six Super Bowl Bets
1.) New England Patriots – Why do they always have to be so good?
2.) Minnesota Vikings – Minor setback, still a hell of a team
3.) Dallas Cowboys – It’s painful that this team is for real…until Romo returns, that is
4.) Pittsburgh Steelers – Put up a heck of a fight against New England. Just have to keep their heads above water until Ben returns
5.) Green Bay Packers – Did they get their act together? They don’t look pretty, but they find ways to win
22.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – .500 and ready for a three game home stand
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