Buccaneers: Studs & Duds from the loss to the Chicago Bears
Bucs’ soft coverage let Nick Foles beat them
As good of coverage as the Buccaneers played for most of the night, they were simply too soft at times, especially when it mattered most.
On the last drive of the game, for example, Tampa Bay was eight yards off the open receiver who caught the ball and ran for the first down. You just can’t let a team with a quarterback who has a pedestrian arm at best beat you in the underneath game.
Vita Vea is out for the season
Perhaps the biggest ‘dud’ of the game was the fact that Vita Vea suffered a season-ending injury when he broke his ankle during the second half of the matchup. Vea was becoming one of the league’s best nose-tackles and to be without him is going to leave a major hole in the middle of that defense.
It’s just the same story too many times
How many times have you heard the phrase ‘It was the Bucs beating the Bucs’ over the last decade or longer? The answer is too many.
The Bucs didn’t make the plays to win the game and it’s as simple as that. They had plenty of opportunities to take control of the contest and they just didn’t. It’s something we’ve seen just too often from this franchise over the years.
The Buccaneers will be back in action at 4:25 p.m. next Sunday as they look to rebound against the Green Bay Packers.