Looking back on Bucs’ win over Green Bay

by Gary Shelton on December 19, 2023

in general

Tuesday, 4 a.m.

5 Thoughts

  1. There are a lot of things that the quarterback rating doesn’t measure — scrambles, weather, comebacks, drops — but there are a lot that it does. It’s a good thing that Baker Mayfield was perfect Sunday. As of now, he’s the Bucs’ very own Nadia Comaneci. Same size, too.

2. If I’m Devin White, I’m starting to think I’m not going to get that fat raise from the Bucs, after all. Not after waking up Sunday and turning into Antonio Brown.

3. Just saying: there may come a time when the Bucs desperately need 1.8 yards for a first down. That’s when they’ll miss Ke’Shawn Vaughn.

4. I read where Trevor Lawrence may miss Sunday’s Bucs-Jags game with a concussion. I don’t buy it. Lawrence isn’t going to miss a shot at these cornerbacks — Toast and Bagel — if he can help it.

5. Tony Dungy was fired after a season in which he lost just seven games. Jon Gruden was fired after a season in which he lost just seven games. If I’m Todd Bowles, I feel better, but I’m not buying green bananas.

Game Balls

Offense: Chris Godwin was terrific. Rachaad White was excellent. But Baker Mayfield was perfect.

Defense: Lavonte David had nine tackles, a half-sack and two tackles for losses. 

Special teams: Kicker Chase McLaughlin was perfect, too.


Quarterback: Even Kyle Trask’s mom had to be impressed with Mayfield. Grade: A+.

Running back: Rachaad White has 395 yards rushing the last four weeks. Grade: A.

Offensive line: Gave up five sacks, but were competitive running the ball. Grade: B.

Wide receivers: Plenty of output, especially by Godwin. Grade: A-.

Defensive line: Gave up just 60 yards rushing. Needs more pressure, though. Grade: C.

Linebackers: David and K.J. Britt combined for 15 tackles. Grade: B-.

Secondary: Jordan Love was close to having a big-time game, too. Grade: D.

Kicking:: What more can you ask? Grade: A+.

Power Rankings

  1. Baltimore

2. San Francisco

3.  Miami

4. Philadelphia

5. Kansas City


19. Tampa Bay

Bottom 5

32. Carolina

31. Arizona

30. New England

29. Washington

28.  L.A. Chargers

5 Great Quarterbacks Who Had Perfect Games

Peytom Manning                        Had four perfect games

Ben Roethlisberger                    Had four perfect games.

Tom Brady                                Had three perfect games

Nick Foles                                 Threw for 7 touchdowns

Joe Montana                             Had one perfect game

5 Average Quarterbacks who had perfect games

Scott Hunter, Atlanta

Mike Buck, New Orleans

George Ratterman, Cleveland

Dick Shiner, Atlanta

Chris Chandler, Houston

Nearing Plateaus

Player                              Goal                                       Needed

Baker Mayfield           4,000 Yards Passing                  685 Yards

Rachaad White           1,000 Yards Rushing                 166 Yards

Mike Evans                  1,200 Yards Receiving                123 Yards

Chris Godwin               1,000 Yards Receiving               166  Yards

5 Best Bucs’ Wins

  1. Green Bay

2.  New Orleans

3. Minnesota

4. Atlanta

5. Tennessee

5 Worst Losses

  1. Houston

2. Atlanta

3. Indianapolis

4. Buffalo

5. Philadelphia

Best Five Opposing Quarterbacks

  1. Brock Purdy, SF 158.3

2. C.J. Stroud, Houston 147.8

3. Jordan Love, GB 111.7

4. Jarod Goff, Detroit 107.5

5. Desmond Ridder, Atlanta 107.1

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