Prime-time Buccaneers struggles continue, losing to Rams in “Monday Night Football”


Tampa Bay’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams on “Monday Night Football” continued the worrying trend of poor prime-time performance for Bruce Arians’ club this season. on the national stage in the run-up to this showdown with Los Angeles. This week, the team even tweaked their training times in the days leading up to this game to try and get closer to their peak. Those efforts failed to produce a W, however, as the Rams managed to secure a 27-24 victory over a Tampa Bay team that continued to appear disjointed both offensively and defensively.

“Everyone is disappointed,” Arians said after the game. “We played a game that we just didn’t make enough games to win. Everyone is ready to play. I mean, we just played a good soccer team, but we didn’t make enough games to win. ”

Returning in Week 9, the New Orleans Saints managed to blast the Bucs, 38-3, on Sunday night, while the other prime-time loss returned in Week 5 to the Bears. Chicago Thursday night where Tom Brady forgot he was fourth. down in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter. When you factor in those losses – and even Tampa Bay’s poor performance against the New York Giants in “Monday Night Football” in Week 8 – it raises legitimate concerns about how far they can go. in any sort of playoff series.

In this game, the attack always seemed out of sync, despite immense talent. Brady wasn’t particularly sharp in this game either, especially with his deep ball, as he was put out twice in midfield, including on his last assist of the night to claim the Rams victory.

“We’re still trying to figure that out,” Arians said when asked why Brady continues to fight elite conference teams. “Sometimes we look really, really good, and then there are times when we obviously don’t. I felt very, very comfortable during the two minute drive to [Brady’s final interception]. We made a few plays, but obviously we didn’t do enough in this baseball game – offensively, defensively, and on special teams – to win. ”

Tampa Bay currently has no prime time games on the schedule this season. That said, they’re still in the thick of the NFC playoffs, so there will likely be a point in the playoffs where the nation’s eyes are on them again. If they continue to struggle in this situation, it could turn out to be what rules them out of any attempt to hoist a Lombardi this year.


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