Buccaneers game grades: 2017 Week 5 loss to New England
This may seem weird to read, but Week 5 boils down to a Buccaneers loss, not a Patriots win.
For what it’s worth, the Buccaneers should have won their Week 5 match-up against the Patriots, and they blew it.
They didn’t all blow it, but collectively, the score is on all of them. This is going to be a hard one to swallow. If New England is a playoff team, then Tampa Bay should be a playoff team.
Problem is, they have to play like a playoff team.
The game didn’t start so hot for either side, and for what it’s worth, the Bucs got into the end zone first. However, in a game which was expected to be a shoot-out with one of the greatest quarterbacks ever and one of the best young ones today, it was a very surprisingly low scoring game.
When the game was over, Tom Brady’s team came away with a 19-14 victory, and advanced to 3-2. Meanwhile, the Bucs fall to 2-2 with a road trip coming up taking them to Arizona, and then Buffalo.
The first quarter of the 2017 season is over for the Buccaneers, and the next quarter features four very winnable games.
6-2 In November would certainly help us all forget the pain of this one, but first we have to identify the shortcomings so they can be learned from.