5 Buccaneers to blame (and 3 to praise) after 27-14 loss in Week 11

Things didn't go great on Sunday, but some guys looked worse than others.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers v San Francisco 49ers
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Loser: Cade Otton and Deven Thompkins

Looking at the box score, one might think that Cade Otton and Deven Thompkins had pretty decent days against one of the best teams in football. That's not entirely untrue, but two plays stood out in ways that overshadowed the otherwise decent game both receivers had.

Thompkins had a nice end-around play that he ripped off for a 17-yard gain early in the game, but his biggest contribution was a huge 51-yard punt return in the fourth quarter that woke the Bucs back up. After a redzone turnover, Tampa Bay's defense forced a three-and-out with just under 4:30 left. Thompkins returned the punt back into the 49ers redzone to give the Bucs another shot at getting back into the game.

Otton finished the game as the Bucs leading receiver, logging 49 yards on just four catches and being featured prominently as the top target for Baker Mayfield all afternoon.

Both players had nice contributions, but both had brutal drops in the endzone that would have helped swing a two-score game.

Otton's was perhaps the worst, as it sucked the air out of a decent day for him. Instead of talking about him as a productive top target, most of the talk is centered on how he was getting the sort of looks that Mike Evans and Chris Godwin should have. His dropped touchdown only further emphasizes those frustrations.