3 Buccaneers takeaways from Week 13 victory over Falcons
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers improved to 9-3 on the season with a 30-17 victory over the division rival Atlanta Falcons Sunday. With the win, the Buccaneers are now tied with the Green Bay Packers for 2nd in the conference, with the Packers currently holding the tie breaker via conference record.
The Buccaneers offense, led by Tom Brady, looked completely in sync again on Sunday. Brady finished 38-51 for 368 yards with four touchdown passes and one interception.
It has become customary for teams led by Brady to hit their stride as the season progresses. That appears to be the case for the Buccaneers again.
Here are 3 key takeaways from Sunday’s win vs the Atlanta Falcons.
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Buccaneers Takeaways from Week 13 Win vs Falcons
3. Rob Gronkowski changes this entire offense
Rob Gronkowski is already considered one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history, and a sure fire Hall of Famer. He retired at a relatively young age as injuries were beginning to mount and he looked a step slow.
Well, here we are in Week 13 and once again, Gronkowski looks as dominant as ever. He finished with four catches for 58 yards and two more touchdowns.
Brady ➡️ Gronk 🙌
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 5, 2021
Gronkowski now has six touchdowns in essentially six games played this year.
While he was out, the Tampa Bay offense looked out of sync, particularly in the red zone. Since he returned in Week 11, the Buccaneers have been rolling offensively.
2. The Bucs run defense is showing kinks in the armor
Despite how dominant the offense has looked, the defense, and in particular, the rush defense, has been vulnerable lately.
The Atlanta Falcons ran for 121 yards on only 23 carries. That’s over five yards a pop. This isn’t the only time we’ve seen it recently. The week prior the Indianapolis Colts also topped 100 yards rushing and the Washington Football Team two weeks before that almost did as well.
I am not saying they have fallen off a cliff. They are easily still one of the best rush defenses in the league, if not the best. But it is something to keep an eye on down the stretch as it is a huge benefit to a struggling secondary when they don’t have to worry about a team running the ball against them.
1. The Buccaneers offense is going to be hard to even slow down
Since the aforementioned Rob Gronkowski returned, Tampa Bay’s offense has scored 30, 38 and 30 respectively the last three weeks. There are so many weapons, it might not matter if Antonio Brown never returns.
Mike Evans is one of the best deep threats in the game. He is fast, runs good routes and is a big receiver at 6’5”, 231 lbs. Then there is Chris Godwin, who only caught 15 passes Sunday. He leads the team in receptions and receiving yards and has become a household name over the last year or two.
With so much attention being drawn to those receivers, it’s hard to avoid a bad matchup over the middle with Gronkowski. If somehow you manage to keep him covered, running back Leonard Fournette comes out of the backfield. He is easily one of the best receiving backs in the league. Check out his hands.
— NFL (@NFL) December 5, 2021
That’s all through the air. But Fournette is also one of the biggest, meanest running backs in the league. He is extremely hard to tackle and has a nose for the goal line.
This offense is ridiculously talented and is going to be very hard for any defense to slow down.