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With a loss to the Atlanta Falcons the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 2-3

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with four divisional games remaining Peyton Barber Jersey , three of which are at home.All is not lost. Stay the course.What was lost, was this week’s game. Let’s take a look at why. THE PLAY: Chandler Catanzaro sets the team back a peg.It was a giant peg. There’s no gif to show. Catanzaro simply missed the extra point after Tampa Bay drove the field and essentially forced their will onto the Atlanta Falcons defense.The missing point was only one on the board, but it’s impact multiplied as the game moved forward.First, came the two-point conversion try the Buccaneers were forced into as they tried to cut the deficit to manageable numbers.With the missed kick, and an additional kick later, the Buccaneers would have been in much better position to pull out their second divisional road win of the year.THE PLAY: Winston refuses what the defense gave him.Jason Getz-USA TODAY SportsThe Atlanta Falcons responded to the Bucs’ opening drive touchdown with an opening drive touchdown of their own. Matt Bryant made their extra point, and the Falcons held a one-point lead.On the ensuing drive, Jameis Winston had his offense moving again and was near mid-field in a 2nd-and-12 situation.The fourth-year quarterback looked to his right side and had two options. DeSean Jackson and Chris Godwin.Winston threw for Godwin who was beyond the first-down marker and double-covered. The ball fell incomplete. On the next play, facing 3rd-and-12 now, Winston was sacked as he was forced to try and find a play to get all the yards at once. Of course, the Bucs then punted, and momentum was lost.However, on the second-down play Jackson was wide open with room to operate. While he was short of the first-down marker, it’s very possible with the speed Jackson possesses he could have picked up the first down. At the very least, he would have made third-down much more manageable and given his team a chance at continuing their march down field.THE PLAY: Falcons get back on schedule.Tampa Bay’s defense is going to get an ear-full from their coaches about closing out drives when they get their opponent off schedule.3rd-and-10 is not what offenses hope to face when trying to snap a losing streak, and early in the game this is exactly what the Falcons found themselves in.Fortunately for them, and unfortunately for most of you reading this, the Bucs defense came out soft and surrendered fourteen yards.Atlanta converted, and went on to score one of many touchdowns scored in this game. This became the theme of the first quarter. Time after time the Buccaneers defense would force the Falcons into third down with more yards than any offense is comfortable with needed to convert, and allow conversions.Early struggles cannot be excused by later successes.THE PLAY: Falcons win the tip-drill.Coming into the second-half, the general consensus was that the first two possessions would be crucial.Atlanta came out and was promptly forced into a three-and-out by the Buccaneers defense. A surprising change from the pace of the game previously.Then, with the ball for the first time since the break, Tampa Bay drove from their own 40-yard line down to the Atlanta seven-yard line.This is when disaster struck. On a back-line throw to Chris Godwin, Winston left the ball just low and it ricocheted off of the helmet of Duke Riley who was covering on the play. As the ball hung in the air Cheap Justin Evans Jersey , my eyes frantically searched for a Buccaneers jersey to come in and grab the rebound. Instead, it was Brian Poole who came down with it, and the chance to make it a four or three-point game was lost.THE PLAY: Matt Ryan thwarts the suddenly effective Buccaneers defense.Atlanta scored their final touchdown of the game with just under six-and-a-half minutes remaining. The touchdown pass to Tevin Coleman made the game a 31-22 affair, and seemed to put the game on the edge of being out of reach for Tampa Bay.However, had the drive ended the way many second-half possessions ended, it would have never happened.Nearly four minutes earlier, the Falcons faced 3rd-and-9 from the Bucs’ 42-yard line. In previous second-half possessions, the Buccaneers defense successfully prevented the potent offense from converting.This time however, Ryan decided to take matters into his own hands - or legs - and with most of Tampa Bay’s defense in coverage, the veteran-slow quarterback scampered 13-yards for a first down.If this doesn't happen, then the Falcons punt leading by just two points, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would have gotten the ball back with over ten minutes remaining.BONUS PLAY: The last four minutes of the game.So, this isn’t a singular play. It’s many plays.How did Julio Jones get so wide open on the first play of the Falcons’ final drive? Why would he run out of bounds after making the catch? If he doesn’t, do the Buccaneers even get the ball back?Is Matt Bryant really this good? And how many more Super Bowl trips do the Bucs have if they never let him go to Atlanta?In the Buccaneers’ own final drive of the game, how might have things turned out had Mike Evans gotten out of bounds?Was Humphries late getting behind Winston on the final play? And would Jackson have scored had he not taken his eyes off the ball before securing it?A three-game losing streak is frustrating to say the least. Any loss to a division rival hurts a bit more. But the team has the horses, this we know. Can the coaches and players put it all together to move forward successfully? I don’t know. But it’s going to be fun watching and finding out. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers failed to exploit two of the five areas I identified last week leading into their Monday Night match-up against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and didn’t fully challenge one until later in the game when they were in full-blown catch-up mode.Had the Bucs been able to keep Juju Smith-Schuster from turning short catches into big gains, and had Vance McDonald not come up with his one big play of the night, it’s safe to say the Steelers would not have grabbed the early momentum they did.A lack of creativity in the offense allowed the Steelers to diagnose and react to the Tampa Bay offense all night, leading to many hits on Ryan Fitzpatrick which contributed to his poor night securing the football.Finally, the Bucs struggled to exploit Pittsburgh’s soft secondary for most of the night while struggling in pass protection as mentioned before. In the second half, Fitzpatrick and his receivers had better success as the pass rush was less effective and the Bucs were able to come back to within one score before running out of clock and opportunities.Had Tampa Bay been able to accomplish even one of these, they likely would have come away with a win.So, what have the Bears shown can be used against them? Here’s how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will beat the Chicago Bears in Week 4 of the NFL regular season.1. Meet at the quarterback.USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin-USASimilar to my call for the Bucs defense to play more man and press coverage last week Buccaneers Caleb Benenoch Jersey , this is similar.Trubisky doesn’t respond well to pressure. He commits to running the ball early when faced with pressure up the middle which has led to two fumbles in the pocket this year as he collided with his own linemen or penetrating defenders.When he does run, linebackers like Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David need to make him feel it. Trubisky isn’t as risky while running as someone like Robert Griffin III was, but he doesn’t give himself up unless he absolutely feels like he's done for.One-on-one tackle opportunities for Alexander and David will also present the opportunity to make the young quarterback regret his decisions. This could lead to more business decisions by Trubisky as the game moves on, and present other situations the Bucs defense can capitalize on (more on that in a minute). When facing soft coverage, Trubisky has no problem dumping the ball short and letting his playmakers get his stats for him. He struggles throwing into tight windows, so he’ll take anything open underneath if he can.Facing the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals so far this season, nobody has gotten consistent pressure on Trubisky.In fact, according to Pro Football Focus, the second-year quarterback has only faced pressure on 25.4% of his drop backs, 27th fewest in the league.Compare this to the number of times Ryan Fitzpatrick has been under pressure (45/35.4%) against 2017 playoff defenses.If the Bucs want to be a playoff team, then pressure must be applied to the quarterback.Deny the easy short pass, put pressure in his face, and punish him for leaving the pocket.2. Learn from Pittsburgh’s pass rush.Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsIn the first half of Tampa Bay’s Week 3 game, it looked like the offensive line had just simply never seen a blitz before.Miscommunications, failed shifts and missed blocks altogether plagued the offensive line and contributed to the big halftime deficit they faced against the Steelers.If we think Chicago didn’t see it, then it’ll happen all over again.The Bears like to get pressure on the quarterback as much as anyone. Problem is, they really don’t do it with any consistency when rushing with just their defensive line.Blitzes are needed for Chicago to get to the quarterback. In one exceptionally bad series for the Seattle Seahawks, they allowed Khalil Mack to go unblocked on a bootleg designed to lure him into over pursuing the play and giving Russell Wilson room to operate - yeah, good plan. The entire game, Germain Ifedi got run out of the building by Mack. Seattle seemed to think Ifedi would simply get better as the game went on. They were wrong.Control Mack and you control the Bears pass rush. Outside of the play which injured Aaron Rodgers and while Deshone Kizer was playing, the Packers did a pretty solid job by helping against Mack and shifting protection to his side often.Arizona didn’t do a terrible job, the Cardinals quarterbacks just didn’t want to win that game though.In the second half against Pittsburgh the Buccaneers handled the blitz and pass rush better than they had in the first. They’ll need to replicate and hopefully even get better this week in order to keep Khalil Mack from becoming a menace and freeing his teammates to do the same.3. Penetrate the middle, contain the edge.Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY SportsOk Buccaneers Ryan Jensen Jersey , so this is football 101, right? But it’s going to be crucial this weekend.If the Buccaneers’ edge defenders don’t keep things contained inside the tackles against Chicago, both Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen are going to feed on soft edges all day long.The Bears will try to run inside and outside with both running backs. They do this to lure the defense into crashing hard on the edge, at which time they pull the rug out and get their two backs outside to exploit the aggressive adjustment.Discipline will be important and the Bucs’ linebackers will have to diagnose these runs accurately to prevent their defensive line from feeling the need to overcommit one way or the other.4. Physical receiver play and throwing for what you want.Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY SportsOne of the biggest threats DeSean Jackson provides for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is big play ability. After three weeks, the speed receiver is ninth in the league in receiving yards, and is the only player in the Top-10 who has run fewer than 100 receiver routes so far.Jackson is averaging 26 yards per catch, and has 71-yards after the catch to his credit this year.If the Bears defense maintains their secondary trends this week, Jackson will not be able to use his run after catch gift as much as he has in the past.According to PFF, Chicago has the sixth best tackling defense in the league behind teams like the Vikings, Eagles and Jets.This doesn’t mean the Bucs can’t get explosive runs after their catches, it just makes it less likely.So, from an offensive strategy standpoint, whoever the quarterback is this weekend in Chicago they need to throw for the yards they want.3rd-and-8? Don’t throw a five yard slant trying to convert, throw it eight yards or more. Get it? Good.However, this is more applicable to short and intermediate throwing. Deep passing is a whole other story.Three Bears defenders are allowing quarterback ratings of over 110: Eddie Jackson, Kyle Fuller, and Kevin Tolliver II. Jackson and Fuller have combined to surrender three scoring plays and 68 of the 81 yards gained against Jackson have come after the catch.Toliver is the youngest of the three and has only faced five targets this season after replacing Prince Amukamara after he was injured in Arizona.However, in limited action he surrendered four catches for 54-yards, the biggest chunk coming against rookie Christian Kirk.Kirk would be fifth on the depth chart in Tampa Bay.Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, O.J. Howard and Cam Brate all represent players who can body their defenders and have the strength to win fights for the ball.Chicago’s secondary has shown the ability to be pushed around and they like man coverage

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