Buccaneers: Studs & Duds from the victory over New York Giants
Lavonte David seemed nonexistent
We’ve done nothing but build up Lavonte David since he came to Tampa Bay and there’s no doubt that he is one of the best linebackers in the league. That being said, David seemed nonexistent against the Giants and dropped a sure interception on the last drive of the game that would’ve clinched the win for the Bucs.
Running game not able to get going
We talked about Leonard Fournette and how he was able to do what needed to be done, but it’s certainly disappointing to see the Bucs continue to struggle in the running game. Tampa Bay averaged just 3.4 yards per carry Monday night and didn’t break the century mark for yet another week.
Shaquil Barrett was held quiet yet again
Shaq Barrett was supposed to be in a ‘money year,’ but he has been awfully quiet so far. Barrett had just three tackles Monday night, though he did have two pass deflections, and is simply not looking like the same player we saw a year ago when led the league in sacks.
That entire final drive from the defense
The biggest ‘dud’ of the whole night, in my opinion, was the defense on the final drive of the game. Twice, the defense had the Giants in fourth down situations and couldn’t get off the field. Instead, they let a bad offense march down the field and score a touchdown in less than three minutes.
For what’s supposed to be one of the best units in the league, they certainly looked lost at times Monday night.
The Buccaneers will be back in action on national television yet again this Sunday night when they take on NFC South Divisional Rival, the New Orleans Saints, in Tampa Bay.