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Week 13 Game Recap: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28, Jacksonville Jaguars 11


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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay jumped out to an early lead after a couple of 1st quarter scoring drives and a defensive touchdown, and played conservative ball in the 2nd half after that. QB Winston did not throw any touchdowns as he struggled to connect with top targets Evans and Godwin. Peyton Barber scored two rushing touchdowns and led the backfield in touches after Ronald Jones got the start. TE OJ Howard appears to be out of the coaches dog house, drawing 6 targets to Brate's 1 this week. Rookie Linebacker Devin White had a career day with a fumble return TD, interception, two pass deflections, and seven tackles.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars dropped yet another game Sunday and their offense faltered once again, getting shutout in the first half of a 28-11 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home at TIAA Bank Field. The putrid offensive performance eventually led to a quarterback change, with head coach Doug Marrone opting for the more mobile and more talented rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II over Nick Foles.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB Jameis Winston, 76 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 33 - 268 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 6 - 20 - 0
Winston posted his first scoreless game of 2019 as Peyton Barber scored a couple of rushing touchdowns early and the defense added a touchdown. The Bucs played conservative ball in the second half with a 25 point lead. Winston couldn't get on the same page with Evans or Godwin, and Breshad Perriman led the team in receiving for the first time. Evans nearly broke a deep post route off for a touchdown in the 3rd, but he got tripped up by the last possible defender. Winston took several deep shots for Evans at the end of the 1st half, but couldn't connect . The Jacksonville defense brought the heat this week, and Winston was sacked four times, with 6 scrambles and several more QB hits. Winston lost a fumble after taking a hard hit from behind in the 3rd quarter, but the Bucs held Jacksonville off for the win.

RB Peyton Barber, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 44 - 2
Barber entered the game after Ronald Jones on the Bucs second offensive drive. He exploded through a gap off right tackle for a 15 yard touchdown(also his longest) run at the end of the 1st. Barber punched another touchdown in from the 1 yard line on the next offensive drive after Dare Ogunbowale got stuffed on his attempt. The Bucs continued to feed Barber after that, and he led the backfield with 17 carries to Jones' 6. Barber racked up 44 yards and was not targeted in the passing game.

RB Ronald Jones, 21 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 8 - 0
Jones got the start, but Peyton Barber jumped in on the second drive of the game and scored on a well-blocked 15 yard touchdown run. The Bucs continued to feed Barber as the "hot hand" from then on, and he scored another touchdown on the next offensive drive as Jones took a backset for the day. Jones finished with just six carries and no targets.

RB Dare Ogunbowale, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0, Rec: 2 - 12 - 0 (2 targets)
Ogunbowale got his usual limited work in the halfback rotation. He got stuffed on a goal line carry from the 1 yard line late in the 2nd quarter. He caught a screen pass inside the Jacksonville red zone late in the 2nd quarter, but was brought down near the five yard line.

WR Breshad Perriman, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 87 - 0 (6 targets)
Perriman of all people led the Bucs in receiving this week after being completely forgettable behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin this season. He got loose down the left sideline and made a smooth catch in stride for a 32 yard gain in the 2nd quarter. Perriman ripped off another big gain on a deep crossing route late in the 2nd quarter. Perriman's 87 yards are twice that of his next best performance this season, and he will probably remain irrelevant.

WR Chris Godwin, 70 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 50 - 0 (6 targets)
Godwin drew one of his lowest target totals of the season(6) on a day that Winston just couldn't get on the same page with his two main targets and didn't toss any touchdowns. Godwin just couldn't get open downfield this week, catching everything within a few yards of the line of scrimmage. He made another circus catch to bail Winston out and prevent an interception out on a poorly thrown pass in the 1st quarter. He nearly hit paydirt in the second quarter on a WR screen that he ran 27 yards to the Jacksonville 1 yard line, setting up an easy touchdown run for Peyton Barber.

WR Mike Evans, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 53 - 0 (11 targets)
Evans posted a poor stat line despite drawing a team high 11 targets, but Winston just wasn't very accurate when looking his way in this one. Evans looked to be on his way to a busy day with three catches on the first two drives. He got wide open for what would have been an easy touchdown in the 2nd quarter, but Winston overthrew him badly after a falling defender grabbed Evans' jersey to slow him down. The play did draw a PI flag for some consolation. Evans showed a vertical leap similar to that of an NBA dunk specialist when he towered over a defender for a high point catch late in the 2nd quarter, but the pass was ruled out of bounds when a defender's body prevented Evans' second foot from touching the ground inbounds. Winston chunked a couple of desperate deep balls up to Evans in the waning seconds of the first half, but couldn't connect on what were basically hail mary attempts before halftime. Evans caught a deep post in stride in the 3rd quarter and nearly had room to take off for a long touchdown, but a defender managed to grab one ankle and trip him up.

TE O.J. Howard, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 61 - 0 (6 targets)
Howard showed some signs of life this week, playing a full complement of snaps after a couple of weeks in the coaches doghouse. He got open up the seam for a 25 yard gain at the end of the 1st quarter. Howard reeled in a deep crossing route for another big gain with just seconds left in the 1st half.

TE Cameron Brate, 28 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (1 targets)
Brate checked in with 1 catch for a five yard gain in the 2nd quarter.


Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Gardner Minshew, 45 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 27 - 147 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 8 - 0
It became too much for Marrone to leave Gardner Minshew II on the bench. The Jacksonville home crowd chanted for Minshew throughout the first half, and Marrone made the call to go back to his rookie quarterback hoping he could provide a spark to a stagnant offense. Minshew didn't produce much, going only 16-of-27 passing for 147 yards with a touchdown and interception, but he entered the game when it was 25-0 and was still able to provide some short of spark.

Minshew was accurate and quick with his release and, unlike Foles, made up for some of the OL's shortcomings with his ability to extend plays inside and outside of the pocket. His touchdown capped a four-play, 54-yard drive that saw him throw a beautiful 39-yard Bomb to DJ Chark to get the team into scoring position. His interception came when the score was 25-11 and the offense was at the Buccaneers' one-yard line, a result of a pass going off of Dede Westbrook's hands and falling to a defender.

Minshew wasn't flawless, as he still missed a number of throws and nearly had a few other turnovers, but he was unquestionably better than Foles was.

QB Nick Foles, 28 offensive snaps, Pass: 7 - 14 - 93 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 3 - 0
Nick Foles started the game for Jacksonville, but he didn't finish it due to a completely disastrous first half. He finished the game 7-of-14 for 93 yards, no touchdowns, one interception and two fumbles lost, with one fumble being returned for a touchdown. Foles was making poor decisions and misfired too many throws in the first half, with his interception thrown to Devin White on the first drive a perfect example. When he wasn't making poor reads and throws or checking it down, he was showing poor pocket presence and a complete inability to navigate the pocket. He looked like a statute on Sunday, and his lumbering movements and lack of pocket awareness directly resulted in each of his fumbles, with the second one occurring as he was trying to extend a play in the pocket.

Foles was benched at halftime after a three-turnover, three three-and-out performance in the first half, and head coach Doug Marrone said Monday that Minshew would start moving forward.

RB Leonard Fournette, 65 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 38 - 0, Rec: 9 - 53 - 0 (11 targets)
Leonard Fournette round tough sledding more often times than not when running the ball against the No. 2 rush defense in the NFL, totaling only 38 yards on 14 carries. He ran tough and pushed several piles, once again showing an improved ability to create yards after contact, but the offensive line failed to provide much room for him and a 25-0 halftime deficit took him out of the second half.

Fournette was used predominantly as a receiver though, largely because Foles checked it down so often and Minshew used him as an outlet after extending plays. He caught nine passes for 53 yards, giving him an absurdly low yard per catch average, though he showed good elusiveness and vision after the catch.

WR Dede Westbrook, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 60 - 1 (8 targets)
Dede Westbrook was maddeningly inconsistent on Sunday. He caught the Jaguars' only touchdown of the game, a quick three-yard pass after an in-line motion helped get him open, and he also caught a two-point conversion by showing terrific balance. His best play was on the first drive as he beat a Buccaneers corner on a nine route down the left sideline and gave Foles an open target to lead down the field for a 39-yard catch. He finished the game with five catches for 60 yards and a touchdown, but he also let a second touchdown catch go off of his hands allowing the Buccaneers to intercept it off of the deflection.

WR Chris Conley, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 57 - 0 (5 targets)
Chris Conley had one of his more efficient games of the season, catching four passes for 57 yards. He did drop a slant that would've gone for a big gain on Minshew's first pass of the game, but otherwise he once again showed good yards after the catch ability, taking one curl route for 20 yards after breaking an early tackle. He's inconsistent, but he provides some value to the offense.

WR D.J. Chark, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 47 - 0 (5 targets)
DJ Chark fell victim to Foles' ineffectiveness in the first half, totaling zero catches until Minshew entered the game since Foles either only tested the middle of the field or checked it down. Chark was noticed more by Minshew, however, and ended the game with two catches for 47 yards, including the aforementioned 39-yard catch after he got open via an out-and-in route. He extended his body to dive for the catch, perfectly tracking it and putting himself in position to make the grab.