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Week 15 Game Recap: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12, Baltimore Ravens 20


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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The rainy week 15 weather conditions were perfect for Baltimore, a run-first offense with a power back, mobile QB, and stout defense to take advantage of Tampa Bay's pass-heavy offense. Receiver Desean Jackson sat again with a hand injury. Winston and his receivers struggled to make completions in the rain, and Baltimore strung together several lengthy drives. Lavonte David recovered a fumbled handoff late in the 1st quarter. Tampa Bay recovered a muffed punt inside the Baltimore 15 yard line in the 3rd quarter, but only managed a field goal out of the outstanding field position. Mike Evans accounted for 121 of Winston's 157 passing yards.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens rushing attack featuring Lamar Jackson once again led the Ravens to victory. The Ravens tried to establish the passing game early with mixed results. Jackson missed a few easy throws and still needs to become more consistent as a passer. Jackson continues to shoulder a high number of carries and it remains to see if playing this style of offense is sustainable. Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon both played very well with Edwards functioning as the primary early down back. Both backs ran hard and decisively. Edwards seems to have a firm grip on the short yardage and goal line duties and Dixon has more upside in the passing game. Willie Snead and Mark Andrews were Jackson's top targets with John Brown and Michael Crabtree combining for 1 catch.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB Jameis Winston, 50 offensive snaps, Pass: 13 - 25 - 157 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 0 - 0
Winston had one of the worst showings of his career as he faced Baltimore's talented defense in soggy weather conditions. Winston struggled with accurate passes and his receivers had a few bad drops, while Baltimore limited Tampa Bay's time of possession. Winston scrambled for what seemed like an eternity in the 2nd quarter before launching a 65 yard deep ball(Tampa Bay's longest play of the day) to Mike Evans, who hauled it in and tacked on another 15 yards for a facemask penalty on the play. Winston and Evans connected for 121 of Tampa Bay's 157 passing yards on the day with big connections in the 3rd and 4th quarter as well. Winston was intercepted on a terribly underthrown ball to Evans, who was running up the right sideline in the 3rd quarter. In Winston's defense, it was raining hard, but the pass was terrible. Winston was only sacked once for a loss of a yard.

RB Peyton Barber, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 85 - 1, Rec: 2 - 4 - 0 (2 targets)
Barber posted one of his better games of the season as he continues to be one of the most underwhelming lead backs in the league. He burst through the middle of the defense for 15 on the first offensive snap of the ballgame. He toted a defender on his back as he galloped to a 12 yard gain later in the 1st quarter. Barber broke another run off left tackle for 13 yards early in the 2nd quarter. Barber punched in a short touchdown after Tampa Bay drew a defensive pass interference call in the end zone in the 2nd. He got a couple of carries inside the Baltimore 10 yard line later in the 2nd, but was stopped short of the goal line.

Barber caught a checkdown pass off of play action for a minimal gain at the end of the 1st quarter.

RB Ronald Jones II, 4 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - -1 - 0 (2 targets)
Jones was used sparingly behind Barber. He caught a swing route out of the backfield in the 1st quarter and was hit hard behind the line of scrimmage. Jones also dropped another pass later in the 3rd quarter.

RB Jacquizz Rodgers, 13 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (1 targets)
Rodgers mixed in with Barber and Jones. He caught a screen pass and was tackled at the line of scrimmage in the 3rd quarter on his only touch.

WR Mike Evans, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 121 - 0 (9 targets)
Evans was shut out of the end zone again, but still managed 121 yards on a day where his QB only threw for 157 yards total. and Winston narrowly missed hooking up on deep ball early in the 1st quarter as a torrential rain fell. Evans let the ball clang off his hands on the next play on a curl route that would have picked up a first down. Evans beat Jimmy Smith(who shadowed him most of the day) down the left sideline and made a strongly contested catch for a 23 yard gain at the end of the 1st quarter. Evans caught a 65 yard bomb from a scrambling Winston in the 2nd quarter, and tacked on another 15 yards when Smith tackled him by the facemask on the play. Evans lined up in the left slot and caught a post route for another big gain in the 3rd quarter.

WR Adam Humphries, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 23 - 0 (6 targets)
Humphries managed a few short receptions from Winston. He caught a short curl route out of a bunch formation with two other receivers early in the 1st quarter. He was dropped well short of the 1st down marker on a 3rd down out route later in the same drive. Humphries caught a swing route for a minimal gain on the next drive of the 1st quarter. Winston looked Humphries' way on a desperate heave while scrambling in the Baltimore red zone in the 2nd quarter, but Humphries was bracketed by tight double coverage. Humphries had one more short gain on a crossing route in the 4th quarter.

WR Chris Godwin, 41 offensive snaps (3 targets)
Godwin had another day to forget as Winston threw for only 157 yards total. He outright dropped his first target, a wide-open skinny post route that hit him right in the hands. In his defense, the rain was falling pretty heavily at the time of the play. Godwin had a nice gain called back for holding on the offensive line early in the 2nd quarter. Winston targeted Godwin in the back of the end zone in the 3rd quarter, but the receiver was knocked down by incidental contact.

TE Cameron Brate, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (2 targets)
Brate was a non-factor as Tampa Bay's passing game struggled in the rain. He hauled in a short crossing route for a 9 yard gain in the 4th quarter.


Baltimore Ravens

QB Lamar Jackson, 77 offensive snaps, Pass: 14 - 23 - 131 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 18 - 95 - 0
Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense struggled early against a Buccaneers defense that was selling out to stop the run. The Ravens tried to counter by attacking downfield with poor results but later found their rhythm and took control of the game. Jackson tried to fit a pass into Michael Crabtree over the middle and failed to see Lavonte David dropping into coverage. David dropped what should have been an easy interception. On the Ravens ensuing possession Jackson mishandled a snap in the wet conditions and the Buccaneers recovered the fumble. Jackson missed a pair of downfield throws badly. One was a potential 45 yard touchdown to Mark Andrews and the other was a potential big play over the middle to John Brown. Despite the missed throws Jackson led the Ravens down the field for a touchdown with his legs and a big 3rd down conversion to Willie Snead. Chris Moore capped the drive with a 5 yard touchdown run. Jackson led the Ravens down the field to set up a field goal before halftime. Jackson completed passes to Mark Andrews and Willie Snead for gains of 17 and 28 respectively. Jackson made arguably his best throw of the game to Mark Andrews to open the second half for 17 more yards over the middle. Andrews was well covered on the play but Jackson placed the ball where only Andrews could get it showing good touch on the throw. Jackson followed the completion with runs of 14 and 22 yards to set up a Gus Edwards touchdown. The Ravens run game chewed 7 minutes of clock to secure the victory.

RB Gus Edwards, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 104 - 1
Gus Edwards functioned as the Ravens bell cow against the Buccaneers. Edwards ran hard and got more effective as the game progressed. Edwards struggled to find room to run in the 1st quarter but had a huge 4th quarter to compensate. Edwards split work with Kenneth Dixon but remains the Ravens favorite early down back. Edwards continues to shine in short yardage situations as well. Edwards followed a nice block from Maxx Williams off right tackle on his way to a 10 yard touchdown. Gus Edwards totaled 53 yards on 6 carries on the Ravens final possession chewing up 7 minutes of game clock to help seal the victory. Edwards had a 26 yard run featuring a beautiful cut back at the line of scrimmage to reverse fields.

RB Kenneth Dixon, 40 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 48 - 0, Rec: 1 - 2 - 0 (1 targets)
Kenneth Dixon played very well and split work with Gus Edwards. Dixon functioned as the Ravens third down and change of pace back. Dixon ran hard and continues to look great on his relatively fresh legs at this point in the season. Dixon showed good vision and burst to bounce a run to the outside and gain the edge with his speed for 17 yards. Dixon had multiple defenders get a free run at him on a pitch play but he still managed to gain 5 yards on 3rd and 4.

WR Willie Snead, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 58 - 0 (6 targets)
Willie Snead remains Lamar Jackson's favorite target over the middle. Snead made a 14 yard catch on 3rd and short running a slant. Snead again came wide open running a slant over the middle and picked up 14 yards on 3rd and 10. Snead made a big play running down the seam from the slot for 28 yards to set up a Justin Tucker field goal before halftime. Snead had a 13 yard reception negated by an illegal shift penalty.

WR John Brown, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (3 targets)
John Brown drew a 13 yard pass interference penalty on his first target. Brown made his first catch running a slant for 9 yards. Brown dropped a pass 15 yards downfield with Lavonte David closing in to make a hit.

TE Hayden Hurst, 30 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 20 - 0 (3 targets)
Hayden Hurst made 3 underneath catches against the Buccaneers. Hurst did not see any targets downfield and the Ravens clearly prefer to use Mark Andrews as a weapon in the passing game.

TE Mark Andrews, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 31 - 0 (4 targets)
Mark Andrews is Lamar Jackson's favorite target. Jackson looks to Andrews downfield with frequency and while Jackson has failed to connect with Andrews for multiple big plays expect the duo to connect in the near future. Andrews got wide open downfield for a potential 45 yard touchdown but Lamar Jackson missed the throw so badly Andrews had no shot at securing the catch. Andrews made his first catch running free down the seam for 17 yards. Andrews showed off his athleticism and ball skills making a contested 17 yard catch over the middle on 3rd and 7.