Around the NFC South: Week one The Buccaneers opened their 2018

Around the NFC South: Week one The Buccaneers opened their 2018

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The victory was Tampa Bay’s second straight over New Orleans and it put Dirk Koetter and his team atop the NFC South standings through one week. Here Womens Bryan Anger Jersey , we’ll look at what else went on in the division during the season’s opening weekend.Carolina Panthers (1-0)The Panthers started their season off on the right foot with a 16-8 home win over the Cowboys. There obviously wasn’t a lot of scoring to go around, with the Carolina defense stifling Dak Prescott and Dallas. The unit allowed just 232 total yards, with the eight points coming on a fourth-quarter touchdown and two-point conversion after the Panthers already had a 16-0 lead. Cam Newton opened the scoring in the second quarter with a four-yard touchdown run before Graham Gano made a 27-yard field goal to go up 10-0. Alex Armah scored on a one-yard touchdown run to pad the lead early in the fourth, but 16 points was more than enough for the defense.Newton was Carolina’s leading rusher, going for 58 yards and a score on 13 carries. He added 161 passing yards on 17-of-26 passing. Luke Kuechly was the game’s leading tackler with 13 (11 solo), while the rest of the defense combined for six sacks. Kawann Short had two, Mario Addison and Wes Horton both had 1 1鈦? and Shaq Thompson had one. Up Next: at Atlanta Falcons (0-1)Atlanta Falcons (0-1)The Falcons opened their season in Philadelphia on Thursday night, falling 18-12 to the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles. It was a low-scoring affair, with former Buc Matt Bryant being the difference in the first half. After Atlanta led 6-3 at halftime on two field goals by Bryant , Jay Ajayi put the Eagles on top 10-6 early in the third quarter. Tevin Coleman later answered with a nine-yard touchdown run early in the fourth to give the Falcons a 12-10 lead. They held onto that two-point advantage until late, but Ajayi scored again with 2:19 left to give the Eagles an 18-12 lead. Matt Ryan led his offense down the field and inside the 10 of Philly in the game’s final seconds, but the offense stalled out due to some questionable red zone play-calling and a couple of bad throws.Ryan completed just 21 of his 43 passes for 251 yards and tossed one interception. Julio Jones kept Ryan and the offense afloat in the best way he could, catching 10 passes for 169 yards. As if the close loss wasn’t enough, the defense will now be without safety Keanu Neal for the rest of the season due to a torn ACL.Up Next: vs. Carolina Panthers (1-0)New Orleans Saints (0-1)Buccaneer fans know exactly what went on with the Saints on Sunday. New Orleans came out hot offensively, but its defense couldn’t slow down Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Tampa Bay offense. The two teams traded scores early, but a 17-14 lead early in the second quarter was the last lead of the day for the defending division champs. After the Bucs put up 17 straight points, the Saints countered with a touchdown before halftime. But their defense couldn’t hold up in the second half and the offense slowed in the third quarter. Tampa Bay went on another 17-0 run to take a commanding 48-24 lead. Drew Brees tried to lead a big comeback, but fell short in what turned out to be a 48-40 loss.Brees was magnificent on Sunday Authentic Peyton Barber Jersey , throwing for 439 yards and three touchdowns on 37-of-45 passing. Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara were unstoppable in the passing game, with Thomas setting a Saints record for receptions (16) in a 180-yard, one-touchdown day. Kamara scored two touchdowns on the ground, but also caught nine passes for 112 yards and a score.Up Next: vs. Cleveland Browns (0-0-1) When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers basically transitioned to Dirk Koetter from the firing of Lovie Smith, things were supposed to be better. And while it did get better, to some degree — offensively, the team never truly improved. But surprisingly enough keeping many of the coaches from the Lovie-days wasn’t even the biggest mistake(s) he made. In three seasons, Koetter managed to create drama, force people to pull their hair out Authentic Chandler Catanzaro Jersey , and seal his own fate. Here are three of Koetter’s biggest failures in three seasons as head coach of the Bucs.Season 1: Never developed a running gameThis phase of the game hurt many aspects of the Buccaneers potential explosiveness on offense. In 2016, new head coach Dirk Koetter came in and vowed to be a run-first football team. His idea never materialized and in his first year as head coach Tampa Bay averaged 3.6 yards per carry. At the time, Doug Martin was said to be the bell-cow for the offense but averaged 2.9 yards per carry while Jacquizz Rodgers averaged 4.3 and Peyton Barber averaged 4.1. This was the beginning of a stubborn side of Koetter that carried (no pun intended) well into his final season as the Bucs head coach.The offensive line was blamed by many, but ironically enough Rodgers and Barber averaged better numbers than Martin did behind that same line. Koetter’s inability to adjust, see the difference in running backs, and sticking with Martin were the reasons why the Buccaneers running game failed in 2016 and was never ever able to recover throughout his tenure as head coach.Season 2: The poor handling of Winston’s injuryIn 2017, franchise quarterback Jameis Winston missed three games due to an injury to his throwing shoulder. He missed three games (Weeks 10-12) but many felt he should have been benched much sooner for it to heal.There were rumblings that Winston’s shoulder was actually injured during their Week 3 game against Minnesota. Winston struggled throwing the football as normally a plus 60-percent completion rate was barely getting over 50-percent in the following five of six games. It wasn’t until Week 9 against New Orleans where the shoulder was “aggravated” after “initially” injuring it three weeks prior in Arizona.Winston would return and average a 68.7-percent completion percentage in the final five games of the 2017 season. Many feel if the injury was handled differently much sooner the season could have played out differently.Season 3: His loyaltyDirk Koetter made the obvious move of hiring his friend Mike Smith to be defensive coordinator. When he did, Smith vowed during his introductory press conference that his defense would put his players in position to be successful.That clearly never happened.Koetter defended Smith to the death until he was finally left with no choice but to fire Smithfollowing their Week 6 loss to Atlanta this season. Under Smith, the defense finished 23rd in 2016 , 32nd in 2017, and was ranked last in points per game, passing yards per game, and red zone touchdown percentage at the time of his firing. As the offense made mistakes, they were able to overcome them and put points on the board but it was too much for Smith’s defense to overcome their own mistakes. While the firing of Smith was warranted, Koetter waited too long to make the move. And hiring his friend was perhaps the biggest mistake Koetter made as the head coach of Tampa Bay — and the reason why this Buccaneers team didn’t win more than what they potentially could have.

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