Buccaneers: Studs & Duds from the victory over Las Vegas Raiders

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The third quarter offense

The offense looked good in the second quarter, but it took a little while to get going when they returned from halftime. Other than that Succop field goal, the unit was unable to get anything going in the third quarter before exploding for 21 points in the fourth.

Defense gave up some big plays, looked sluggish early

The defense held its own against a solid offense, but there were times where the unit just looked sluggish or gave up a big play, especially early on. The unit got things together as the game progressed, though, and held the Raiders to just a field goal when it counted in the fourth quarter.

Two costly defensive penalties 

Let’s not forget about the two costly penalties by the defense. Shaquil Barrett was called offsides on a play that would’ve resulted in a Mike Edwards interception. On the next play, Sean Murphy-Bunting was called for defensive holding that set up a 44-yard reception for the Raiders and an eventual touchdown.

Mike Evans‘ injury still appears to be bothering him

While we talk about a bunch of offensive weapons, it’s clear that the top weapon- Mike Evans- still isn’t at 100 percent.

Evans was targeted just two times and caught both passes for 37 yards. Hopefully, the injury won’t continue to nag him and we’ll get to see Evans return to dominant form very shortly.

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The Buccaneers are back in action next Monday night when they’ll travel up to take on the New York Giants.