OFFENSIVE LINE: B+
Let’s just get the bad out of the way for the Buccaneers’ offensive line. Cameron Brate had a touchdown reception – which would have been Winston’s third of the game – erased by a penalty called on Demar Dotson.
While the penalty alone doesn’t squash momentum, it came in a period of play where the Bucs’ line just couldn’t get things together as they had three key penalties in a short span of the game.
Gosder Cherilus was flagged for a false start – his second of the game – one iteration before Ali Marpet was flagged for hands to the face after a very good run by Doug Martin as he was trying to help bleed the clock and move the ball.
On to the good now: No Sacks.
Quite simply, the Buccaneers were able to use play call and smart line play to stifle one of the best NFL pass rushes around.
For the second straight game, the leader in sacks left without another notch on his belt and will have to wait one more week to try and expand their lead.