Red Zone is the Dead Zone for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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The Buccaneers can’t seem to score a touchdown when they finally get within that elusive 20-yard line. The Red Zone is the Bucs’ Dead Zone.

This is a Halloween horror story no Buccaneers fan wants to see. Sure they are only three and four, but these losses are to teams they should’ve beaten, and two of those, the Steelers and Panthers, should’ve easily been chalked up to wins.

The Bucs appear to have been playing around with Ouiji boards and unwittingly conjured some dark spirits from a portal straight out of Hell itself. Somehow, they can’t close that portal and these evil spirits are running amok all across this team from the coaches all the way to the players alike.

This just shouldn’t be happening. I mean, you have Tom Brady as your quarterback with future Hall of Famer Mike Evan, and the one-two punch of Chris Godwin to catch balls. Also add Leonard Fournette to the mix and ‘up and comers’ Rachaad White and Cade Otten, yet drives that actually occasionally get to the red zone, just wither and die.

Albeit, the Bucs know what they need to do, we, as fans, would like to see action and execution from this team, not the same old rhetoric and litany of excuses of what they say they need and are going to do, but actually do it:

Playing the dismantled Carolina Panthers, the offense can’t dig themselves out of the grave, and the defense seems to be caught in some other dimension, yet the Panthers have run roughshod all over the NFC South favorites.

Are we to once again blame the O -line? The dropped passes? The lack of run and pass routes with glacial movement down the field? The regression on the pass AND run defense? Yes. E. All of the above.

This was supposed to be a “must-win” game for Tampa, but apparently ‘As Carolina, So Tampa.’

The Panthers seem to have more to prove after baffling head coach and player moves, including the recent C-Mack trade, and overall discombobulation of the entire organization. They are apparently tanking, or seemingly trying to, although you’d never know it after this game with Tampa.

What’s it going to take to get these Bucs of ours to snap out of this nightmare they are apparently in, on both sides of the ball?

Tampa’s execution was just horribly executed.. Not being a storyline any of us want to write or talk about. The season is still not over, and yet although these demons can still be exorcised, it may still get worse before it gets better.

The Red Zone IS the Bucs Dead Zone, and who knows when they’ll come out of this horrid demonic possession.

As we all are having seemingly inexplicable ‘out of body’ experiences about what we are seeing, we are left with a Bucs team that is, for now at least, dead on arrival. Get to the E.R. stat! We are in dire need of resuscitation.

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