In what might be their worst game of the season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to division rival New Orleans Saints 9-0 on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. Quarterback Tom Brady completed just 26 of 48 passes for 214 yards and threw a late interception as he suffered his first shutout loss since Dec. 10, 2006, when the New York Patriots -England had lost against Miami Dolphins. The Buccaneers, for their part, suffered their first shutout loss in nine seasons and missed out on the chance to win their Premier League title in 14 years as they fell to 10-4 this season.
Despite the loss, the Buccaneers still have a three-game lead over the Saints 7-7 with three games remaining in the regular season. “We just didn’t execute, obviously,” said Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl champion called the night difficult because the Buccaneers “didn’t do much good.” Brady said the Buccaneers need to improve a lot and get back to work.
Brady says there’s plenty of football left
“There’s a lot of football left and we’ll see if we can win next week,” said Brady, who lost target wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin in the second half to running and knee issues, respectively. The Buccaneers also suffered a setback when Leonard Fournette suffered a hamstring injury and did not return to action in the second half.
Rusher Ronald Jones carried the ball 8 times for 63 yards while Fournette had 9 carries for 34 yards and 7 catches for 33 yards before being sidelined for the rest of the game. Head coach Bruce Arians said he was alarmed by the shutout loss despite a strong defensive effort from the Buccaneers. “That has never happened to me.
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I can’t remember the last time I got shut out, or us,” Arians said, adding the defense played well enough to win. Despite the loss, Nick Carter, a member of 90s boy band Backstreet Boys and an avid Buccaneers fan, said Brady and the Buccaneers would bounce back. Carter tweeted a photo of Brady with the caption “In the words of @backstreetboys HE WILL BE BACK..
Brown and Edwards back next week
the Buccaneers still have a chance to clinch the division on Sunday when they face the Carolina Panthers, who lost to the Buffalo Bills, 31-14, in Week 15. Ahead of that game, the Buccaneers could pick up wide receiver Antonio Brown and security Mike Edwards following their three-game suspensions. Both were suspected by the NFL for misrepresenting their COVID-19 vaccination status earlier this year. Instead of cutting them, the Buccaneers decided to stay with Brown and Edwards, according to general manager Jason Licht. The Buccaneers will need Brown if Evans and Godwin miss time due to injuries.
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