Buccaneers: “Extra Points”: A Week 3 to Week 4 Review

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 1: Kicker Nick Folk
TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 1: Kicker Nick Folk /
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The Buccaneers went home after losing handedly to the Minnesota Vikings in week three and managed to eek out a win in nail biter fashion in week four against the now 0-4 New York Giants, so what was different in the two games that gave the Buccaneers a win?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers received a rude awakening when they traveled to Minnesota and lost to the Vikings 34 to 17 in week three, and maybe a wake up call as they came home in week four and took on the 0-3 New York football Giants. Taking a 13-0 lead early on, and then ending up behind 17-16 in the third quarter before finally pulling it out in dramatic nail biter fashion with a field goal as time expired winning 25-23.

The Buccaneers pushed their record to 2-1 with a prime time show down with the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots on the horizon while the New York Giants fell to 0-4.

So let’s go deeper into the game to see what the Buccaneers did better or worse compared to week three’s game against the Vikings that helped them pull out the win in Raymond James Stadium against the Giants, or maybe some season long trends that I have noticed developing.