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Week 13 Game Recap: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20, Green Bay Packers 26
What you need to know
got the start in place of Doug Martin
, who missed week 13 with a concussion sustained last week. Justin Evans intercepted Brett Hundley
on a 2nd quarter deep ball. Jameis Winston
lost a fumble that was recovered for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter. Tampa Bay was leading the game 20-17 until Green Bay drove down and kicked a game-tying field goal at the end of the 4th quarter. Green Bay won the coin toss for OT and scored on their first drive, ending the contest.
It’s hard to guess what the plan was last week, as the Packers faced a poorer defense at home than what they faced against Pittsburgh on the road last week and yet the offense was far more conservative and inept. As confident and poised as Brett Hundley
looked last week, he looked confused and skittish. His throws were often off target and he pulled the ball down and ran too much. Even Davante Adams
, his normal favorite target, saw his yard dive into the dirt. Jamaal Williams
ran the ball very well for most of the game, and could be leaned on quite a bit against Cleveland, but Aaron Jones
’ walkoff touchdown run in overtime could get him some more carries next week, holding down everyone’s value.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|QB Jameis Winston, 76 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 32 - 270 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - 18 - 0|
Winston had a rough outing in his return from a shoulder injury. He was unable to push the ball downfield to his two top receivers Evans and Jackson, who caught a combined four passes. Most of the yardage that Winston accumulated was of the "catch-and-run" variety, with Barber and Sims both picking up big gains on halfback screens and swing routes. One bright spot in Winston's return was his connection with Cameron Brate
, who had been suffering a long drought in Winston's absence. The two hooked up for two touchdowns. The first was probably Winston's prettiest pass of the day, a seam route over the head of Brate and his defender that Brate secured with one hand for a 28 yard touchdown in the 1st quarter. Winston found Brate again late in the 4th quarter, scrambling around to buy time and firing a laser to Brate in between three defenders. Winston high-stepped his way out of a couple of ankle tackles on a beautiful 4th quarter scramble that picked up 15 yards.
Winston attempted to throw the ball away while taking a sack in the 2nd quarter, but the ball spun backwards out of his hand, right into the arms of defensive lineman Dean Lowery, who took the ball over 60 yards for a touchdown return. Winston fumbled a handoff attempt to Peyton Barber
from the 3 yard line late in the 4th quarter, but managed to recover it after losing a few yards. Winston found Jackson in the back of the end zone late in the 4th quarter, but stepped over the line of scrimmage before throwing the ball.
|RB Peyton Barber, 52 offensive snaps, Rush: 23 - 102 - 0, Rec: 4 - 41 - 0 (4 targets)|
Barber excelled in relief of Doug Martin
, who missed the game with a concussion from week 12. Barber led the team in rushing and receiving yards, touching the ball 27 times (Sims-5, Rodgers-3). The majority of Barber's carries were chain-moving gains of 4-8 yards, always falling forward after contact. Barber ran hard, with a low center of gravity and solid vision. He ripped his longest run of 19 yards off right tackle late in the 3rd quarter. Barber unfortunately did not receive the goal-line opportunities that he did in week 12. He was stuffed on a 1st and goal carry from the 3 yard line early in the 4th quarter, then the Bucs botched the next two downs with an incomplete pass and a fumbled snap. Winston fumbled another goal-line handoff to Barber late in the 4th quarter, leading to a Cameron Brate
touchdown reception. Barber caught a beautifully designed play-action screen in the 2nd, first faking the handoff then catching the screen with plenty of open field ahead of him for a 34 yard gain. Winston hit him with another checkdown later in the 2nd for a short gain. Barber was targeted on the same play-action screen later that drive, but was tackled at the line of scrimmage. Barber was blown up behind the line of scrimmage on a swing pass late in the 3rd for no gain.
|RB Charles Sims, 19 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 16 - 0, Rec: 2 - 35 - 0 (2 targets)|
Sims didn't see any action until late in the 2nd quarter. He entered the game on 3rd and 4 and had a nice carry for a 1st down conversion. Sims split out wide right later in the drive and caught a bubble screen, dodging several tacklers for a big gain down the right sideline. Sims split out wide to the opposite side of the formation later in the 4th, catching another bubble screen for a big catch-and-run down the left sideline. Sims was featured for the final drive of the 4th quarter, carrying the ball several times. He caught another screen for a huge gain, but the play was nullified by a holding penalty.
Rodgers started behind Peyton Barber
, returning kicks and seeing minimal snaps on offense as Barber piled up yardage. Rodgers entered the game midway through the 2nd quarter for a short carry. He picked up the majority of his yards on a 19 yard carry right up the middle at the end of the 3rd quarter, and was not targeted in the passing game.
Humphries caught a well-timed bubble screen from Winston in the 1st quarter, weaving his way between defenders for a conversion on 3rd and 8. He caught another quick screen in the 2nd quarter that picked up a minimal gain. Humphries caught a crossing route late in the 3rd and was tackled at the 3 yard line. Humphries caught a deep curl down the seam late in the 4th, but the play was nullified by a holding penalty on the offensive line.
|WR Chris Godwin, 17 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 24 - 0 (3 targets)|
Godwin saw limited snaps on offense. He lined up in a bunch formation tight to the line and caught a quick slant at the end of the 2nd quarter for a short gain. He split out wide right early in the 3rd quarter and showed great speed on a skinny post that picked up 17 yards. He was not targeted for the rest of the contest. Godwin was targeted in the end zone early in the 4th quarter, but was well defended on a short curl route.
|WR Mike Evans, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 33 - 0 (6 targets)|
Evans started out the day with a bad drop on a skinny post during the 1st quarter. He made a brilliant leaping catch down the left sideline in the 2nd quarter, but as he fell to the ground, his defender landed underneath him and forced him out of bounds, negating a big gain. Evans wasn't targeted much after that, and didn't secure an official catch until the 4th quarter, hauling in a deep crossing route for 17 yards. Winston found him a few plays later on a skinny post route for a similar gain, and Evans called it a day at two receptions on six targets.
Jackson had a quiet day, catching a short curl late in the 2nd quarter for a short gain on his first target. He secured his second target later in the same drive, a deep corner route from the right slot that picked up 19 yards. Winston missed him badly on a curl route near the end zone at the end of the 3rd quarter. Jackson caught a crossing route in the back of the end zone at the end of the 4th quarter, but Winston had thrown the ball after scrambling past the line of scrimmage.
|TE Cameron Brate, 32 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 39 - 2 (6 targets)|
Winston's return at quarterback ended a drought for Brate that saw him post one catch each week for the last four weeks. Brate started his day with a brilliant touchdown catch in the 1st quarter, lining up in a bunch formation with two other receivers and taking off up the seam for a one-handed touchdown grab over his defender. Brate nearly had another catch in the end zone at the end of the 2nd quarter, but a defender knocked the ball away. Winston looked to Brate again on a seam route from the left slot position on the very next play, but overthrew the ball, forcing Tampa Bay to kick a field goal right before halftime. Brate caught his second touchdown from the left slot, flexing out and working his way open just over the goal line on a curl route in the 4th.
Rookie tight end Auclair was promoted to the active roster after the Bucs released veteran backup Luke Stocker
. Auclair lined up tight to the line and caught Winston's first pass, an out route for an 11 yard gain in the first quarter. He saw limited snaps as a blocker behind Brate and Howard, and was not targeted again after the first drive.
|TE O.J. Howard, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 17 - 0 (2 targets)|
Howard was uncovered for his only reception, a quick seam route right up the field from the inline position that picked up 17 yards. He was targeted once in the 2nd half on a crossing route that was thrown in the dirt by Winston.
|TE Alan Cross, 14 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 13 - 0 (1 targets)|
Cross lined up at the fullback position and leaked into the flat early in the 1st, catching a short pass and turning it up the right sideline for a 13 yard gain before returning to his sporadic usual lead-blocking duties.
Green Bay Packers
|QB Brett Hundley, 55 offensive snaps, Pass: 13 - 22 - 84 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 7 - 66 - 0|
Hundley came crashing back down to earth after a tremendous Week 12, showing some mobility while gaining yards with his feet, but missing on multiple throws to his receivers throughout the game. Possibly the most egregious came in the first quarter, when he missed a wide open Geronimo Allison
on a corner route. While his receiver was absolutely wide open and could have waltzed into the end zone, Hundley airmailed the throw, overshooting Allison by a good bit. So it went on Sunday, and Allison wasn’t the only guy Hundley missed on, though it was probably the worst, including the pick he threw early in the second quarter on a pass over the middle to Jordy Nelson
. Unlike last week, Hundley seemed much less decisive and some of the yards he gained on the ground, while helpful, also came because he pulled the ball down and took off even though another moment or two might have seen a receiver free. The offense also seemed really conservative compared to last week, even though the defense the Packers faced—in front of a home crowd, no less—was nowhere near as good.
|RB Jamaal Williams, 48 offensive snaps, Rush: 21 - 113 - 1, Rec: 2 - 10 - 0 (3 targets)|
Williams had a nice day, in part because the interior of the line—specifically guard Jahri Evans—kept opening holes and stymying the Tampa Bay defensive line. He showed a lot of power on his 1-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter. On the play, he took the ball to the left edge but his lead blocker didn’t execute and defensive lineman Lavonte David was there to make the stop—or try. Williams did a great job of keeping his legs churning and bullying the defender into the end zone for a score. This was one of the better games we’ve seen from Williams, who looked closer to what we expected after a solid training camp. While lacking blazing speed, he runs hard and shows nice power, and that paid off handsomely on Sunday.
When you get minimal carries, you have to make them count and that’s what Aaron Jones
did on his one carry in overtime on Sunday. It was Jones’ one and only carry, but it went for a 20 yard touchdown to win the game. On the play, Jones took the ball and heading to either the ‘2’ hole between the center and right guard or the ‘4’ hole between the guard and tackle but found nothing but a mass of defenders waiting. Jones cut back across the line to his left, dodging a tackler as he hit the edge and turning upfield. He then beat the pursuit with strong acceleration on the way to the end zone.
|WR Jordy Nelson, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 17 - 0 (8 targets)|
Nelson led the team in targets but they were all super-short attempts and he had no luck extending them after the catch. He was also the target on quarterback Brett Hundley
’s interception. The route Nelson was on took him down the middle, and it was one of Hundley’s many overthrows on the game, well past Nelson and easily scooped up by the defender.
|WR Davante Adams, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 42 - 0 (6 targets)|
Adams was bound to have a stinker considering his quarterback, and this week just seemed to be the time. His 42 yards was exactly half of Brett Hundley
’s meager production, but that’s not cause for celebration on a pyrrhic level, as he caught most of it in the early first quarter and then disappeared until the fourth.
Rodgers was part of some two tight end sets with Lance Kendricks
and spent a lot of time blocking as well. He saw a pair of targets but with so few yards and attempts by quarterback Brett Hundley
, Rodgers’ targets amounted to very little.
Kendricks was on the field for just over half of Green Bay’s offensive snaps, often blocking. When he did go out on a route, he’d still end up blocking as quarterback Brett Hundley
sometimes pulled the ball down and ran.