The Buccaneers loss to the Saints last night just won’t stop.
Last night was one of the worst offensive performances by Tom Brady or the Buccaneers ever. Zero points against any team, even one with a good defense like the Saints, is absolutely unacceptable.
It only makes things worse that this loss came against a division rival in a game that was supposed to clinch the division.
The icing on the cake for such a terrible night is that the Bucs are also facing a tense week as they await news on several key players that left the game with various injuries. Unfortunately, good news didn’t come this morning.
Ian Rapoport started the day off with the tough news that the Bucs will be without leading receiver Chris Godwin for the rest of the regular season with an MCL sprain. For a team that prides itself on its wide receiver depth and passing attack, this loss will hurt.
Godwin is likely the most consistent receiver on the Bucs. The star receiver on the verge of a massive contract has functioned as a safety blanket of sorts for whenever Brady needs someone who can catch the ball in a high volume and make plays after the catch.
Godwin hasn’t struggled with the drops that plagued his first playoff performances, and he has been playing like one of the best receivers in the league for the better part of the season.
The Bucs will now be without yet another key receiver, and their best blocker on the outside at that. Sometimes it looks like Godwin deserves some reps at tight end from how well he delivers in this aspect of his game, and the outside run plays will miss his presence greatly.
Tampa doesn’t have a very difficult stretch of games coming up, but the loss of Godwin will still hurt. Last night was also supposed to be an easy game, yet we all saw how that turned out.
The Buccaneers need someone to step up and take over this role, and hopefully that player is Antonio Brown. One way or another, Tampa needs some help in keeping the offense on track, and hopefully Chris Godwin is back and ready to go for the first round of the playoffs.
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