The Bucs came out fairly against Indy, but still won 38-31 against the Colts. Two swings, missed passes and miscommunication once again allowed a poor opponent to stick around. The Bucs dominated the ship in the second half thanks to a big change in defense and alertness in attack. Tampa took a big win on the road, where they struggled a lot all season.
Tom Brady is anything but sharp in the early game throwing an interception and another close pick and resulting in an ineffective attack. He finished the game 25-34 for 226 yards and a touchdown. Rob Gronkowski was the team’s top scorer with seven picks at 123 yards. Leonard Fournette had four touchdowns during the day and his 100-meter dash put it all back. The defense also made some big plays, causing 3 fumbles, 2 interceptions and 3 times causing Carson Wentz to be sacked.
Injuries continue to affect the team heavily. Without Ali Marpet, substitute Aaron Stinnie injured his knee. That pushed Nick Leverett into a starting role. Devin White and Jamel Dean also left the match injured. Dean injured his shoulder and White injured his hip. Jaelon Darden is also under review for concussion. White returned in the second half.
Slow start for Bucs
Another slow start for the Bucs led to an early lead for the Colts. A bad shot put the Colts in a good position and they were able to knock out a goal to give them the lead. The Bucs’ second possession wasn’t much better, ending with a jumble of Chris Godwin being knocked out by Darius Leonard. However, Tampa’s defense appeared too much, forcing Indy to play offensively. The Colts’ defense matched that, tying one of their men.
After one more hit, the Bucs’ defense achieved huge sales. Mike Edwards punched the ball out, Lavonte David jumped up and created Tampa in a favorable position on Indy’s field. 34. Brady made it very fast at short distance and Leonard Fournette made it to open the scoring. It didn’t take long for the Colts to respond with a 62-yard touchdown pass to take the lead.
In an attempt to break out of a deep pass of their own, Brady and Scotty Miller were unable to connect, resulting in turnover. Indy took advantage of his interception, moving 90 yards down the field to make it 10. A good combination of Gronkowski and Fournette on the next track led to the opener. Brady found Fournette on the pitch to bring the game to 17-14 before half-time. Less than two minutes into the game, the Colts tore through Tampa’s defense. Choosing to advance in the first half, Indy completed the pass to score and lead by 10 points at halftime.
The revival of the second half
With the Indy driving, Shaq Barrett rose to fame when the Bucs needed it most. The Colts were at the 20-yard Tampa line when Barrett went to Wentz to pick up the sack. And yet, Brady led a steering drive down the field, leading to another rushed Fournette touch, his third of the day, putting the Colts ahead to just three. When Indy took possession later, Antoine Winfield Jr chose Wentz to effectively stop a drive of Colts.
Gronkowski’s big catches set up an encounter with Ronald Jones and gave the Bucs a second lead of the game. Halftimes continued to go Tampa’s way as a hitter was blocked by the Colts and Scotty Miller was there to recover at the 19-yard line. The Bucs failed to make it into the final zone, but put three on the board for a seven-point lead.
But the Bucs couldn’t stop when they needed to. Jonathan Taylor ran through Tampa’s defense until he scored. With the game drawn and three and a half minutes remaining, Brady and the striker had a chance to win the game. That’s all Tampa needed. Fournette had some big runs on the final track, surging past it with a 28-yard run to freeze the game and give the Bucs a 38-31 road win.
https://www.pewterreport.com/bucs-survive-the-colts-win-38-31/ Bucs Survive The Colts, Win 38-31