Big Day for Winston and Rodgers Enough for Buccaneers to Top Niners 34-17

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v San Francisco 49ers

Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes and Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 154 yards to lead the Buccaneers to a 34-17 victory over the 49ers on Sunday.

The Bucs (3-3) fell behind by 14 points early before scoring 27 straight to deal the Niners (1-6) their sixth straight loss for San Francisco’s longest losing streak since 2008.

Mike Evans caught eight passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns, Russell Shepard scored on a 19-yard pass from Winston and Peyton Barber iced the game with a 44-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to help Tampa Bay win its second straight game around its bye week.

Colin Kaepernick struggled in his second start of the season for the 49ers, going just 16 for 34 for 143 yards and turning the ball over twice after kneeling once again for the national anthem.

Kaepernick replaced Blaine Gabbert as starter last week in Buffalo but has not shown any signs that he can regain the form that helped lead San Francisco to a Super Bowl appearance and spot in the NFC title game in the 2012 and `13 seasons.

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Buccaneers vs 49ers NFL Week Seven Inactives


  • QB Ryan Griffin, RB Doug Martin, CB Jonathan Banks, OL Leonard Wester, OL Caleb Benenoch, DE Robert Ayers, DL Clinton McDonald


  • WR Keshawn Martin, QB Christian Ponder, DT Glenn Dorsey, RB Carlos Hyde, CB Marcus Cromartie, OT John Theus, TE Je’Ron Hamm.

Buccaneers at 49ers NFL Week Seven Capsule



STREAKS   4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Dirk Koetter: 0-0 Chip Kelly: 1-1
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 5 W 17-14 at Carolina) L 45-16 at Buffalo
LAST GAME 12/15/13: 49ers 33 at Buccaneers 14. San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick passes for 203 yards & 2 TDs. 49ers TE Vernon Davis has 5 receptions for 79 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/9/11: 49ers 48, Buccaneers 3. San Francisco QB Alex Smith passes for 170 yards & 3 TDs. 49ers RB Frank Gore rushes for 125 yards & TD.
REFEREE Pete Morelli
BROADCAST FOX (4:05 PM ET): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 83 (TB), 145 (SF). XM: 226 (TB), 227 (SF).


PASSING Jameis Winston: 121-207-1327-9-8-75.9 Colin Kaepernick: 13-29-187-1-0-77.8
RUSHING Jacquizz Rodgers: 43-170-4.0-0 Carlos Hyde: 109-429-3.9-6 (T2L)
RECEIVING Mike Evans: 32-449-14.0-4 Jeremy Kerley: 28-316-11.3-2
OFFENSE 335.8 292.8
DEFENSE 366.2 389.8
SACKS Kwon Alexander, Gerald McCoy: 2 3 tied: 2
INTs 3 tied: 1 4 tied: 1
PUNTING Bryan Anger: 47.1 Bradley Pinion: 46.2
KICKING Roberto Aguayo (R): 20 (8/9 PAT; 4/8 FG) Phil Dawson: 35 (14/14 PAT; 7/8 FG)


BUCCANEERS: QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 219 yards & TD in Week 5. Has 90+ rating in 2 of past 3…RB JACQUIZZ RODGERS had 101 rush yards in Week 5, 1st career 100-yard game…WR MIKE EVANS had 6 receptions for 89 yards & TD in Week 5. Aims for 4th in row on road with TD. WR VINCENT JACKSON has 5 TDs in 3 career meetings. TE CAMERON BRATE has 5+ receptions in 2 of past 3…Rookie DT DA VONTE LAMBERT had 1st career FF in Week 5. DT GERALD MC COY has sack in 2 of 3 career meetings. LB KWON ALEXANDER has 7+ tackles in 7 of past 8. Leads team with 43 tackles. LB LAVONTE DAVID had 10 tackles & FF in last meeting. LB DARYL SMITH had INT in Week 5. Had sack in last meeting (10/18/15 with Bal.). CB BRENT GRIMES had INT in Week 5. Leads team with 7 PD. Rookie CB VERNON HARGEAVES has 5+ tackles in 3 of past 4. S BRADLEY MC DOUGALD led team with 8 tackles in Week 5. S KEITH TANDY had FF in last meeting…49ERS: QB COLIN KAEPERNICK passed for 187 yards & TD with 66 rush yards in season debut last week. Passed for 203 yards & 2 TDs for 108.8 rating in last meeting…RB CARLOS HYDE has 6 TDs in past 5. Aims for 4th in row at home with TD…WR JEREMY KERLEY has TD in 2 of past 3. Aims for 4th in row at home with 6+ receptions. WR TORREY SMITH had 76 rec. yards & TD in Week 6. Had 2 rec. TDs in only meeting (10/12/14 with Bal.)…DE ARIK ARMSTEAD had sack & FF in Week 6. Rookie DE DE FOREST BUCKNER had 2 sacks last week, 1st career multi-sack game. NT MIKE PURCELL had FF in Week 6. LB NICK BELLORE led team with 12 tackles in Week 6. CB TRAMAINE BROCK had FF last week. Has 4 PD in past 2. S ANTOINE BETHEA aims for 3rd in row at home with PD. S ERIC REID had INT in last meeting.   

Buccaneers Have Some Interesting Games Coming Out of the Bye

Atlanta Falcons v Denver Broncos

The Buccaneers sit at 2-3 following their huge Monday night win over the Carolina Panthers, and will get a chance to rest up, hopefully get some players healthy, and watch the rest of the NFL this weekend as they have their bye week.

The team will have a nice stretch of games following the bye that include a three-game home streak against a couple teams they will give them a test in the Oakland Raiders, a high-flying up and coming team in the AFC West, and the Atlanta Falcons, who at this point look like the team to beat in the NFC South.

Here’s a quick glance ahead at the Falcons slate as they will come out of the bye and look to make a serious run at a playoff spot in the NFC with 11 games left in the regular season, and if you should use to bet on their chances.

Sunday October 23rd at San Francisco

The Niners have made a quarterback change, going with Colin Kaepernick over Blaine Gabbert, who has been average at best for a team going nowhere quick. San Fran though is a team that plays better at home, and if the Bucs think they are just going to march to the west coast, throw their helmets on the field and walk out with a win, they had better think again.

With Kaepernick now at the helm of the offense, it should be a little better, and the Bucs will have to make sure to not fall asleep at the wheel in two weeks out west.

Sunday October 30th vs Oakland

The Raiders are one of the youngest and best teams in the AFC, and with Jack Del Rio not being afraid to take chances like going for two for the win in week one against the Saints, Oakland’s confidence level is sky high right now. The Raiders have a solid threesome on offense with Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Latavius Murray, and the Bucs D will have their work cut out for them in his Halloween affair at Raymond James Stadium.

Oakland’s defense can give up points and a lot of yards, and the Bucs, hopefully a lot healthier by then, should be able to get some things done in what could be an offensive shootout.

Thursday November 3rd vs Atlanta

In a game in the prime time spotlight, the Bucs will host the NFC South leading Falcosn on a Thursday night on CBS and NFL Network on Thursday night football. Julio Jones is having a MVP type season right now for Atlanta, and Matt Ryan is playing better than he has in a long time.

Atlanta coach Dan Quinn was on the hot seat after starting 5-0 last season and not making the postseason, but it looks like he’s turned it around in a big way in 2016, and the team will challenge for a playoff spot in the NFC, if not home field with the way they are playing.

The two teams know each other well, so there should be little in the way of surprises in this weekday showdown.

A Gritty Win by the Bucs Has Everyone Feeling Good at the Bye

NFL: OCT 10 Buccaneers at Panthers

Character and guts. Monday night in Carolina wasn’t pretty, but the Buccaneers were able to overcome a number of things as they finally were able to dispatch a division opponent to beat the Carolina Panthers 17-14 on prime time.

People may say that without Cam Newton the Panthers are not the team, and while that’s true, this is still the same team that made it to the Super Bowl just eight months ago, and won 15 games last season in the regular season.

The Bucs were without a number of key players in the game, including Doug Martin, Gerald McCoy, Robert Ayers, Clinton McDonald, Luke Stocker, Charles Sims and Jacquies Smith.

It didn’t matter, as they were able to overcome mistakes, including a couple very late in the game that would normally kill a young team, but some may look back at Monday as a coming of age for Tampa Bay.

For those betting at, not many would have thought this team had what it took to overcome the defending NFC Champs on the road.

Jacquizz Smith, a free agent running back, was able to go for over 100 yards, and they also had a defensive line that held the Panthers in check. A line that was playing with just one starter from opening day, which was just over a month ago.

It was also good to see coach Dirk Koetter allow his team to throw with the game on the line, something they didn’t do earlier in the same quarter with the game on the line.

Who can forget the coaches decision to run the ball on third and 9 at the Carolina 27 with four minutes left in a tie game. It clearly was a bail out, it didn’t work, and the kick allowed the Panthers another chance themselves to go down and win the game.

But he was bailed out by his defense, a defense that had a coming out party against Derek Anderson and the Panthers offense as the game wore on.

The interception in the end zone was a key play that kept the Panthers off the board, but maybe bigger was the drive after the late punt in which the Bucs D stepped up and forced Carolina to put it back with time to spare – enough time to go down and win the game.

That’s when Koetter put it in the hands of Jameis Winston, and allowed him when needed to air it out, including a huge pass play on a 3rd down to Mike Evans, when everyone on the field knew where the ball was going.

Winston deserves credit as well for not making mistakes on that game-winning drive, and knowing when to simply hand it off and get out of the way so the Bucs could get the necessary yards to kick the game-winning field goal.

There’s no better way to get into a bye with a win, and give this young Bucs team all the credit in the world for doing it.

Aguayo Seals the Buccaneers 17-14 Win Over the Panthers on Final Play

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Carolina Panthers

Roberto Aguayo kicked a 38-yard field goal as time expired, and the Buccaneers defeated the Panthers 17-14 on Monday night.

Aguayo had missed from 33 and 46 yards earlier in the game and was just 3 of 7 on field goals this season before the winning kick.

Jameis Winston
was 18 of 30 for 219 yards and a touchdown, and led a 66-yard drive to get the Buccaneers (2-3) into field goal range. A costly 15-yard facemask penalty on Kony Ealy hurt the Panthers.

The Panthers turned the ball over four times, three of those by Derek Anderson, who was filling in for the concussed Cam Newton.

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Tampa Bay at Carolina NFL Week Five Capsule



STREAKS   Past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Dirk Koetter: 0-0 Ron Rivera: 8-2
LAST WEEK L 27-7 vs. Denver L 48-33 at Atlanta
LAST GAME 1/3/16: Buccaneers 10 at Panthers 38: Carolina QB Cam Newton passes for 293 yards with 2 TDs & adds 2 rush TDs. Panthers WR Devin Funchess has 120 receiving yards & TD.
REFEREE Clete Blakeman
BROADCAST ESPN (8:30 PM ET): Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Ross Tucker (Field reporter). Sirius: 88 (WW1), 83 (TB), 81 (Car). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (TB), 225 (Car).


PASSING Jameis Winston: 103-177-1108-8-8-72.9 Cam Newton: 77-133-974-6-5-80.2
RUSHING Charles Sims: 41-116-2.8-1 Cam Newton (QB): 29-147-5.1-2
RECEIVING Mike Evans: 26-360-13.8-3 Greg Olsen (TE): 24-335-14.0-2
OFFENSE 341.0 386.6
DEFENSE 354.3 347.8
SACKS Kwon Alexander: 2 9 tied: 1
INTs Kwon Alexander: 1 5 tied: 1
PUNTING Bryan Anger: 47.5 Andy Lee: 51.1 (2L)
KICKING Roberto Aguayo (R): 11 (8/9 PAT; 1/3 FG) Graham Gano: 33 (9/10 PAT; 8/10 FG)


BUCCANEERS: QB JAMEIS WINSTON ranks 3rd in NFC with 8 TD passes. Rushed for TD in Week 4…RB CHARLES SIMS had 99 scrimmage yards (74 rec., 14 rush) in last meeting…WR MIKE EVANS had 99 rec. yards in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 3 of past 4. WR VINCENT JACKSON had 10 receptions for 147 yards & TD in his last game vs. Car (10/4/15). TE CAMERON BRATE aims for 3rd in row with 5+ receptions. Has 2 TDs in past 2…Since 2012, DT GERALD MC COY has 28 sacks, most by NFL DT. DT CLINTON MC DONALD had 1.5 sacks & led team with 8 tackles last week. LB KWON ALEXANDER aims for 8th in row with 7+ tackles. Had sack in Week 4. LB LAVONTE DAVID had 12 tackles, sack & FF in last meeting. Since 2013, is only NFL player with 400+ tackles (457), 10+ sacks (12) & 5+ INTs (8). CB ALTERRAUN VERNER had FF in last meeting. S KEITH TANDY had sack in last meeting…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON passed for 293 yards & 2 TDs with 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Has 32 career games with both pass TD & rush TD, most in NFL history. RB FOZZY WHITTAKER had 9 receptions for 86 yards last week…WR KELVIN BENJAMIN had TD catch in Week 4. Has rec. TD in 3 of past 4. Has 14 receptions (7 per game) & 196 rec. yards (98 per game) with TD in 2 career meetings. WR DEVIN FUNCHESS had 7 catches for 120 yards & TD in last meeting. TE GREG OLSEN had 6 receptions for 76 yards & TD last week…DE MARIO ADDISON had sack in last meeting. NT KYLE LOVE aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB THOMAS DAVIS had INT in last meeting. Since entering NFL in 2012, LB LUKE KUECHLY leads league with 637 tackles. CB ROBERT MC CLAIN had INT in last meeting. S KURT COLEMAN had INT last week.

Broncos vs Buccaneers NFL Week Four Capsule



STREAKS 4 of last 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Gary Kubiak: 2-1 Dirk Koetter: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 29-17 at Cincinnati L 37-32 vs. Los Angeles
LAST GAME 12/2/12: Buccaneers 23 at Broncos 31. Denver QB Peyton Manning passes for 242 yards & 3 TDs. Broncos LB Von Miller has 26-yard INT-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/3/04: Broncos 16, Buccaneers 13. Denver QB Jake Plummer throws for 138 yards & TD. Broncos K Jason Elam connects on all 3 FGs, including long of 50 yards.
REFEREE Jerome Boger
BROADCAST CBS (4:05 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. Westwood One: John Sadak, Jason Taylor. SIRIUS: 84 (Den), 134 (TB). XM: 381 (Den), 227 (TB).


PASSING Trevor Siemian: 63-94-756-5-3-95.9 Jameis Winston: 86-142-929-8 (T1L)-6-81.0
RUSHING C.J. Anderson: 54-203-3.8-2 Charles Sims: 26-88-3.4-1
RECEIVING Emmanuel Sanders: 17-205-12.1-2 Mike Evans: 21-301-14.3-3 (T2L)
OFFENSE 354.0 383.0
DEFENSE 306.0 370.0
SACKS Von Miller: 5 (1L) 5 tied: 1
INTs 3 tied: 1 Kwon Alexander: 1
PUNTING Riley Dixon (R): 46.9 Bryan Anger: 48.0
KICKING Brandon McManus: 22 (7/8 PAT; 5/6 FG) Roberto Aguayo (R): 10 (7/8 PAT; 1/3 FG)


BRONCOS: QB TREVOR SIEMIAN is only QB in NFL history with 300+ pass yards (312), 4+ pass TDs (4) & 0 INTs in 1st career road start. Had 134.9 rating vs. blitz last week…RB C.J. ANDERSON has 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in past 8 (incl. playoffs). In past 4 vs. NFC (incl. SB), has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) & 417 scrimmage yards (104.3 per game)…WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS is only NFL player with 6,000+ rec. yards (6,025) & 40+ rec. TDs (42) since 2012. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 9 catches for 117 yards & 2 TDs last week…LB VON MILLER had sack & 26-yard INT-TD in only meeting. Has 10 sacks, 3 FFs & INT in past 5 (incl. playoffs). In 18 games vs. NFC (incl. SB), has 19.5 sacks, 6 FFs, FR & INT-TD. Since 2011 (incl. playoffs), ranks 2nd in NFL with 71.5 sacks. CB AQIB TALIB was drafted by TB in 1st round (No. 20) in 2008. Had 16 INTs (3 TDs) with TB (2008-12). Has 9 career INT-TDs, tied for 4th in NFL history. CB CHRIS HARRIS, JR. leads team with 5 PD. LB SHANE RAY has 3 sacks & FR-TD in past 2…BUCCANEERS: QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for career-high 405 yards with 3 TDs last week. Ties for NFL lead with 8 TD passes this season…RB CHARLES SIMS had 124 scrimmage yards (69 rec., 55 rush) & rush TD in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards…WR MIKE EVANS leads NFC with 21 catches. Had 10 receptions for 132 yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with TD. WR ADAM HUMPHRIES had career-high 9 receptions & 100 yards in Week 3. TE CAMERON BRATE had 2 TD catches last week…DE ROBERT AYERS has 5 sacks in past 5 vs. AFC. DT GERALD MC COY has 9.5 sacks in past 10 vs. AFC. LB KWON ALEXANDER had 38-yard INT-TD in Week 3. LB LAVONTE DAVID had 8 tackles, sack & FF last week. Since 2013, is only NFL player with 400+ tackles (453), 10+ sacks (12) & 5+ INTs (8).