Buccaneers Lose The Game And Their Cool In Minnesota

The Buccaneers Knew They Lost A Game They Could Have Won Against The Vikings.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost yesterday on the road to the Minnesota Vikings 34-17 and they were mad about their lackluster performance. The Buccaneers dropped to 1-1 on the season but this loss saw a Tampa Bay team clearly upset long before the clock ran out.

Bucs quarterback Jamesis Winston, went 28 for 40 for 328 yards, but he was picked off three times, three of those passes were picked off in the end zone. But despite the bad day, it was the third interception that sealed the deal for Minnesota.

As the fourth quarter had begun and Tampa Bay trailed the Vikings by only 14 points with plenty of time for a rally. But Winston made the fatal mistake by throwing a pass that was intended for. DeSean Jackson but corner Andrew Sendejo jumped the route and returned the ball 36 yards. The third pick of the day set up a field goal that gave the Vikings a three-score lead.

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay’s star wide receiver Mike Evans was less than pleased with his team’s performance and it showed in a big way.  TV cameras watched as he kicked a water bottle, then pushed over a towel cart. The frustration of losing a game they could have won had Evans beside himself, but he was quick to point out he needed to control his anger.

“I can’t-do that. I’m a captain. I got to fight my emotions better than that,” Evans said. “Playing with passion is cool, but I’ve got to fight my emotions better than that, and I’ve got to understand it’s just one game. I wanted this one bad.”

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes (26) runs from Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans, right, after intercepting a pass during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Minneapolis. Photo: AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn.

For his part, Winston knew that on a sunny and unseasonably warm day in Minnesota the chance to get off to a 2-0 start was there, but mistakes caused the Bucs to lose a winnable game on the road.

“I make the final decision on where the ball goes, and I’ve got to protect the football at all costs no matter what they do,” Winston said.

Tampa Bay will return next week to Raymond James Stadium for a showdown with the 0-3 New York Giants and then a quick turn-a-round for a Thursday night game with New England, that is two games in the span of 11 days.

“Hopefully we can get the taste out of our mouth,” [DeSean] Jackson said. “It’s still a long season, and we have 14 games to go.”

Prior to kickoff Evans and Jackson took a knee with their hand on their heart during the “Star Spangled Banner” to join the rebuke of President Donald Trump’s recent remarks about players protesting social justice by kneeling during the national anthem.

Both men were very open about their thoughts about President Trump’s comments.

“However anyone takes it, I’m a firm believer that everyone has their own rights,” Jackson said. “It’s more unity than anything. We don’t want to be individualized.

“We don’t want to take away from our overall goal, which is to go out there and play football. But at the same time, we do have feelings toward things that are being said out there in the world.”

As for Evans, his words were harsher toward the Commander in Chief.

“It was very childish on his part,” Evans said. “It seems like he’s trying to divide us.”

Some quotes in this story came from the Asssociated Press and the NFL Network.