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2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season
Head Coach Dirk Koetter
General Manager Jason Licht
Home Field Raymond James Stadium
Results
Record 5–11
Place 4th NFC South
Playoff Finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers LB Kwon Alexander
DT Gerald McCoy
Timeline
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2016 2018

The 2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 42nd season in the National Football League, the 20th playing their home games at Raymond James Stadium and the second under head coach Dirk Koetter.

On March 9, 2017, the Buccaneers signed former Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson, defensive tackle Chris Baker, former Dallas Cowboys safety J. J. Wilcox (traded to Pittsburgh Steelers), and former New York Jets kicker Nick Folk.

They were hampered with poor performance and an early kicking situation, as they failed to improve or match their 9–7 record from the previous season. After a loss to the Detroit Lions, they were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs with a 4–9 record. The Bucs finished the season 5-11. This was their tenth consecutive season without a playoff appearance, with their last being in the 2007 season. Also, the Bucs finished last in the NFC South for the seventh time in nine seasons.

The preseason was documented on HBO's Hard Knocks. Template:TOC limit

OffseasonEdit

SigningsEdit

Pos. Player Age 2016 Team Contract
WR DeSean Jackson 30 Washington Redskins 3 years, $33.5 million
DE Chris Baker 29 Washington Redskins 3 years, $15.7 million
FS J.J. Wilcox 28 Dallas Cowboys 2 years, $6.2 million
C Joe Hawley 28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 years, $5.5 million
CB Josh Robinson 26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 years, $5 million
FS Chris Conte 28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 years, $5 million
RB Jacquizz Rodgers 27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 years, $3.3 million
K Nick Folk 32 New York Jets 1 year, $1.7 million
DT Sealver Siliga 28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 year, $1.1 million
LS Garrison Sanborn 31 Buffalo Bills 1 year, $950,000

DeparturesEdit

Pos. Player Age 2017 Team
QB Mike Glennon 27 Chicago Bears
WR Russell Shepard 26 Carolina Panthers
DT Akeem Spence 25 Detroit Lions
FS Bradley McDougald 26 Seattle Seahawks
LB Daryl Smith 35 TBD
CB Alterraun Verner 28 Miami Dolphins
WR Cecil Shorts 29 TBD
WR Vincent Jackson 34 TBD
OT Gosder Cherilus 32 Retired

Acquisitions Edit

The first transactions of the year occurred shortly after the conclusion of the 2016 regular season on January 2, 2017, when the Buccaneers signed offensive lineman Josh Allen, safety Isaiah Johnson, offensive lineman Mike Liedtke, cornerback Cody Riggs, running back Blake Sims, and tight end Tevin Westbrook to reserve/futures contracts.[1]

On January 4, the Bucs signed tight end Kivon Cartwright and kicker John Lunsford to reserve/futures contracts.[2] On January 5, the Bucs signed Edmonton Eskimos wide receiver Derel Walker, Saskatchewan Roughriders Jeff Knox Jr and guard Jarvis Harrison.[3]

On September 3, the club signed T. J. Ward, previously with Denver, for a one-year deal worth $5 million.[4]

2017 NFL draftEdit

Pre-draft Edit

Draft Edit

2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 19 O.J. Howard TE Alabama
2 50 Justin Evans S Texas A&M
3 84 Chris Godwin WR Penn State
3 107 Kendell Beckwith LB LSU
5 162 Jeremy McNichols RB Boise State
7 223 Stevie Tu'ikolovatu DT USC

StaffEdit

2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers final staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 12 Inactive, 11 Practice squad

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 11 at Cincinnati L 12–23 0–1 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
2 August 17 at Jacksonville W 12–8 1–1 EverBank Field Recap
3 August 26 Cleveland L 9–13 1–2 Raymond James Stadium Recap
4 August 31 Washington L 10–13 1–3 Raymond James Stadium Recap

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 Bye*
2 September 17 Chicago W 29–7 1–0 Raymond James Stadium Recap
3 September 24 at Minnesota L 17–34 1–1 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
4 October 1 NY Giants W 25–23 2–1 Raymond James Stadium Recap
5 October 5 New England L 14–19 2–2 Raymond James Stadium Recap
6 October 15 at Arizona L 33–38 2–3 U of Phoenix Stadium Recap
7 October 22 at Buffalo L 27–30 2–4 New Era Field Recap
8 October 29 Carolina L 3–17 2–5 Raymond James Stadium Recap
9 November 5 at New Orleans L 10–30 2–6 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
10 November 12 NY Jets W 15–10 3–6 Raymond James Stadium Recap
11 November 19* at Miami W 30–20 4–6 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
12 November 26 at Atlanta L 20–34 4–7 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Recap
13 December 3 at Green Bay L 20–26 (OT) 4–8 Lambeau Field Recap
14 December 10 Detroit L 21–24 4–9 Raymond James Stadium Recap
15 December 18 Atlanta L 21–24 4–10 Raymond James Stadium Recap
16 December 24 at Carolina L 19–22 4–11 Bank of America Stadium Recap
17 December 31 New Orleans W 31–24 5–11 Raymond James Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
* The Buccaneers were originally scheduled to play the Miami Dolphins during Week 1 (September 10) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. However, due to the impact from Hurricane Irma, the game was re-scheduled to Week 11, in which both the Buccaneers and Dolphins would originally have had their byes.[5]

Game summariesEdit

Week 2: vs. Chicago BearsEdit

Week Two: Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 0 7 7
Buccaneers 10 16 0 3 29

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information
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First quarter

  • TB – Nick Folk 42-yard field goal, 9:02. Buccaneers 3–0 Drive 13 plays, 56 yards, 6:02.
  • TB – Mike Evans 13-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Nick Folk kick), 0:15. Buccaneers 10–0 Drive 1 play, 13 yards, 0:05.

Second quarter

  • TB – Jacquizz Rodgers 1-yard run (Nick Folk kick), 7:35. Buccaneers 17–0 Drive 9 plays, 65 yards, 3:56.
  • TB – Robert McClain 47-yard interception return (kick failed, wide right), 4:21. Buccaneers 23-0
  • TB – Nick Folk 50-yard field goal, ):04. Buccaneers 26-0 Drive 8 plays, 48 yards, 1:04.

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • TB – Nick Folk 23-yard field goal, 12:29. Buccaneers 29-0 Drive 16 plays, 87 yards, 8:36.
  • CHI – Deonte Thompson 14-yard pass from Mike Glennon (Connor Barth kick), 1:49. Buccaneers 29-7 Drive 7 plays, 62 yards, 2:07.

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  • CHI – Mike Glennon – 31/45, 301 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
  • TB – Jameis Winston – 18/30, 204 yards, 1 TD

Top rushers

  • CHI – Tarik Cohen – 7 rushes, 13 yards
  • TB – Jacquizz Rodgers – 19 rushes, 67 yards, 1 TD

Top receivers

  • CHI – Kendall Wright – 7 receptions, 69 yards
  • TB – Mike Evans – 7 receptions, 93 yards, 1 TD

Top tacklers

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After a bye in Week 1 due to Hurricane Irma, Tampa Bay began their season in Week 2 against Chicago. Jameis Winston threw for 204 yards and 1 touchdown pass to Mike Evans, as the Buccaneers routed the Bears 29-7. Bears quarterback (and former Buccaneer) Mike Glennon lost a fumble, and threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

Week 3: at Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week Three: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 3 0 14 0 17
Vikings 7 14 10 3 34

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information
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First quarter
  • MIN – Dalvin Cook 1-yard run (Kai Forbath kick), 10:58. Vikings 7–0. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 4:02.
  • TB – Nick Folk 40-yard field goal, 6:18. Vikings 7–3. Drive: 8 plays, 53 yards, 4:40.
Second quarter
  • MIN – Jarius Wright 2-yard pass from Case Keenum (Kai Forbath kick), 10:25. Vikings 14–3. Drive: 13 plays, 76 yards, 5:57.
  • MIN – Stefon Diggs 17-yard pass from Case Keenum (Kai Forbath kick), 0:47. Vikings 21–3. Drive: 6 plays, 92 yards, 3:04.
Third quarter
  • MIN – Stefon Diggs 59-yard pass from Case Keenum (Kai Forbath kick), 12:25. Vikings 28–3. Drive: 3 plays, 66 yards, 1:03.
  • TB – Cameron Brate 15-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Nick Folk kick), 8:47. Vikings 28–10. Drive: 6 plays, 46 yards, 3:38.
  • MIN – Kai Forbath 20-yard field goal, 2:24. Vikings 31–10. Drive: 13 plays, 73 yards, 6:23.
  • TB – DeSean Jackson 25-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Nick Folk kick), 0:00. Vikings 31–17. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 2:24.
Fourth quarter
  • MIN – Kai Forbath 37-yard field goal, 8:40. Vikings 34–17. Drive: 6 plays, 16 yards, 3:45.

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Before the game, wide receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson kneeled during the national anthem after comments made by president Donald Trump about national anthem protests two days prior. The Vikings jumped out to a 28-3 lead by the third quarter, while the Buccaneers defense could not contain Case Keenum, who threw for 369 yards and three touchdown passes. After quarterback Jameis Winston threw his second interception, a frustrated Evans was seen kicking over the ice tub on the sidelines. Minnesota held on to top Tampa Bay by the final score of 31-17.

Week 4: vs. New York GiantsEdit

Week Four: New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 10 7 6 23
Buccaneers 13 3 0 9 25

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information
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First quarter

  • TB – Mike Evans 6-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Nick Folk kick), 7:47. Buccaneers 7–0. Drive: 4 plays, 56 yards, 2:01.
  • TB – O. J. Howard 58-yard pass from Jameis Winston (kick failed), 3:00. Buccaneers 13–0. Drive: 2 plays, 70 yards, 0:45.

Second quarter

  • NYG – Aldrick Rosas 30-yard field goal, 7:17. Buccaneers 13–3. Drive: 11 plays, 52 yards, 4:36.
  • NYG – Eli Manning 14-yard run (Aldrick Rosas kick), 3:17. Buccaneers 13–10. Drive: 7 plays, 62 yards, 3:12.
  • TB – Nick Folk 20-yard field goal, 0:32. Buccaneers 16–10. Drive: 12 plays, 73 yards, 2:45.

Third quarter

  • NYG – Wayne Gallman 4-yard pass from Eli Manning (Aldrick Rosas kick), 4:19. Giants 17–16. Drive: 11 plays, 61 yards, 5:51.

Fourth quarter

  • TB – Cameron Brate 14-yard pass from Jameis Winston (pass failed), 7:44. Buccaneers 22–17. Drive: 4 plays, 57 yards, 1:41.
  • NYG – Rhett Ellison 2-yard pass from Eli Manning (pass failed), 3:16. Giants 23–22. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:28.
  • TB – Nick Folk 34-yard field goal, 0:00. Buccaneers 25–23. Drive: 9 plays, 59 yards, 3:16.

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  • NYG – Eli Manning – 30/49, 288 yards, 2 TD
  • TB – Jameis Winston – 22/38, 332 yards, 3 TD

Top rushers

  • NYG – Wayne Gallman – 11 carries, 42 yards
  • TB – Jacquizz Rodgers – 16 carries, 83 yards

Top receivers

Top tacklers

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  • TB –

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Jameis Winston threw for 332 yards and three touchdown passes, but Tampa Bay found themselves trailing by a point late in the fourth quarter to the New York Giants. Tampa Bay jumped out to a 13–0 lead in the first quarter, but kicker Nick Folk missed an extra point and later missed two field goal attempts. The Giants took a 23–22 lead with 3:16 remaining in regulation after a 2-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Rhett Ellison. In the final three minutes, Winston drove the Buccaneers to the Giants' 16-yard line. Folk kicked a 34-yard field goal just inside the left upright as time expired, and Tampa Bay won 25–23.

Week 5: vs. New England PatriotsEdit

Week Five: New England Patriots at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 3 10 3 3 19
Buccaneers 0 7 0 7 14

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information
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First quarter

  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 27-yard field goal, 1:21. Patriots 3–0. Drive: 13 plays, 89 yards, 7:10.

Second quarter

  • TB – Doug Martin 1-yard run (Nick Folk kick), 8:26. Buccanneers 7–3. Drive: 11 plays, 68 yards, 5:12.
  • NE – Chris Hogan 5-yard pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 3:42. Patriots 10–7. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:44.
  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 23-yard field goal, 9:55. Patriots 13–7. Drive: 7 plasy, 22 yards, 1:33.

Third quarter

  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 45-yard field goal, 9:55. Patriots 16–7. Drive: 8 plays, 67 yards, 3:25.

Fourth quarter

  • TB – Cameron Brate 18-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Nick Folk kick), 2:09. Patriots 16–14. Drive: 9 plays, 74 yards, 2:17.
  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 48-yard field goal, 1:10. Patriots 19–14. Drive: 4 plays, 7 yards, 0:59.

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The Tampa Bay defense played significantly better, picking off Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (his first interception of the season) and getting a sack fumble. Running back Doug Martin returned from his suspension, and had a productive showing, rushing for 74 yards on 14 carries and scoring a touchdown. However, the Tampa Bay offense mostly struggled through the first three quarters. Meanwhile, Buccaneers kicker Nick Folk struggled mightily, missing on all three of his field goal attempts. Late in the fourth quarter, Jameis Winston threw a touchdown pass to tight end Cameron Brate, making the score 16-14 with just over two minutes left in regulation. After a failed onside kicked, the Patriots scored a field goal putting themselves up by five. The Buccaneers got the ball back with 1:10 remaining, and zero timeouts left. Winston drove the Buccaneers to the New England 18-yard line with 3 seconds to go. Winston's pass to O. J. Howard in the endzone as time expired fell incomplete, ending the team's six-game home winning streak. After missing six kicks since the Giants game (five field goals and one extra point), kicker Nick Folk was placed on injured reserve.

Week 6: at Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Six: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 0 6 27 33
Cardinals 14 10 7 7 38

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information
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First quarter

Second quarter

  • ARI – Larry Fitzgerald 11-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Phil Dawson kick), 12:04. Cardinals 21–0. Drive: 7 plays, 95 yards, 4:04.
  • ARI – Phil Dawson 28-yard field goal, 5:31. Cardinals 24–0. Drive: 10 plays, 60 yards, 6:02.

Third quarter

  • ARI – John Brown 17-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Phil Dawson kick), 11:58. Cardinals 31–0. Drive: 4 plays, 33 yards, 2:11.
  • TB – DeSean Jackson 4-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (run failed), 8:27. Cardinals 31–6. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:31.

Fourth quarter

  • TB – Cameron Brate 10-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (pass failed), 13:32. Cardinals 31–12. Drive: 6 plays, 63 yards, 2:50.
  • TB – Lavonte David 21-yard fumble return (Doug Martin run), 12:56. Cardinals 31–19.
  • ARI – Adrian Peterson 1-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), 7:17. Cardinals 38–19. Drive: 1 plays, 1 yards, 0:05.
  • TB – Doug Martin 1-yard run (pass failed), 3:02. Cardinals 38–25. Drive: 11 plays, 70 yards, 4:15.
  • TB – Mike Evans 37-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Patrick Murray kick), 2:02. Cardinals 38–33. Drive: 3 plays, 65 yards, 0:32.

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  • TB – Ryan Fitzpatrick – 22/32, 290 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
  • ARI – Carson Palmer – 18/22, 283 yards, 3 TD, INT

Top rushers

  • TB – Doug Martin – 14 carries, 53 yards, TD
  • ARI – Adrian Peterson – 26 carries, 134 yards, 2 TD

Top receivers

  • TB – Cameron Brate – 6 receptions, 76 yards, TD
  • ARI – Larry Fitzgerald – 10 receptions, 138 yards, TD

Top tacklers

  • TB –
  • ARI –

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The Buccaneers started off horribly, both offensively and defensively as the Cardinals scored early. Five days earlier, veteran running back Adrian Peterson had been traded to Arizona from the Saints. Peterson started his first game for the Cardinals, scoring on the opening drive. Down 24-0 in the second quarter, Jameis Winston was sidelined with a shoulder injury and was replaced by backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Winston would not return. After Fitzpatrick threw an interception early in the third quarter, the Cardinals scored again taking a 31-0 lead. The Buccaneers mounted a comeback, outscoring the Cardinals 33-7 for the remainder of the game, but came up short 38-33 after failing to recover an onside kick with just 2:02 remaining in regulation.

Week 7: at Buffalo BillsEdit

Week Seven: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 6 0 7 14 27
Bills 3 7 7 13 30

at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

Game information
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First quarter

  • TB – Patrick Murray 50-yard FG, 9:44. Buccaneers 3-0. Drive: 11 plays, 43 yards, 5:16.
  • BUF – Stephen Hauschka 25-yard FG, 5:45. Tie 3-3. Drive: 11 plays, 69 yards, 3:59.
  • TB – Murray 25-yard FG, 0:22. Buccaneers 6-3. Drive: 11 plays, 68 yards, 5:23.

Second quarter

  • BUF – LeSean McCoy 1-yard run (Stephen Hauschka kick), 9:26. Bills 10-6. Drive: 12 plays, 78 yards, 5:56.

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • BUF – Hauschka 52-yard FG, 13:31. Bills 20-13. Drive: 10 plays, 46 yards, 4:26.
  • TB – Howard 33-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Murray kick), 10:08. Tie 20-20. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:23.
  • TB – Mike Evans 12-yard pass from Winston (Murray kick), 3:14. Buccaneers 27-20. Drive: 10 plays, 54 yards, 6:16.
  • BUF – McCoy 7-yard run (Hauschka kick), 2:28. Tie 27-27. Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards, 0:46.
  • BUF – Hauschka 30-yard FG, 0:14. Bills 30-27. Drive: 7 plays, 21 yards, 2:06.

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  • TB – Mike Evans – 7 rec, 88 yds, TD
  • BUF – LeSean McCoy – 5 rec, 31 yds

Top tacklers

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The Buccaneers played a more consistent game, but still came up short in Buffalo. After scoring early in the third quarter, Buffalo took a 17-6 lead. After another Bills field goal, and two touchdown passes from Jameis Winston to rookie tight-end O. J. Howard, the game was tied, 20-20. With just over 3 minutes remaining in regulation, another touchdown pass by Winston, this time a diving catch just inbounds by Mike Evans gave the Buccaneers a 27-20 lead. On the next drive, the Bills drove down the field in three plays to tie the game, aided by an ill-timed 15-yard Unnecessary Roughness penalty by Robert McClain. With 2:20 left in the fourth, a pass from Winston to Adam Humphries was fumbled and recovered by the Bills at Tampa Bay 32-yard line. After running down the clock, the Bills kicked a field goal to win the game. With this loss, the Buccaneers now have lost three straight games, all by less than one score, and sit at 2-4 at the bottom of the NFC South.

Week 8: vs. Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Eight: Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 3 0 7 17
Buccaneers 0 0 3 0 3

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information
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First quarter

Second quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 28-yard field goal, 0:17. Panthers 10–0. Drive: 9 plays, 41 yards, 2:11.

Third quarter

  • TB – Patrick Murray 41-yard field goal, 4:49. Panthers 10–3. Drive: 8 plays, 31 yards, 3:27.

Fourth quarter

  • CAR – Kelvin Benjamin 25-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), 8:48. Panthers 17–3. Drive: 5 plays, 48 yards, 2:44.

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  • CAR – Cam Newton – 18/32, 154 yards, TD, INT
  • TB – Jameis Winston – 21/38, 210 yards, 2 INT

Top rushers

  • CAR – Cam Newton – 11 carries, 44 yards
  • TB – Doug Martin – 18 carries, 71 yards

Top receivers

Top tacklers

  • CAR –
  • TB –

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The Buccaneers drop their fourth straight game in a disappointing loss. The defense improved, while the offense only put up 3 points. With this loss, the Bucs move to 2-5 and are still at the bottom of the NFC South.

Week 9: at New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week Nine: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 3 0 7 10
Saints 9 7 14 0 30

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: November 5
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,121
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Peter Schrager
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
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First quarter

  • NO – Wil Lutz 40-yard field goal, 8:49. Saints 3–0. Drive: 12 plays, 58 yards, 6:11.
  • NO – Justin Hardee 7-yard return of block punt (kick blocked), 6:31. Saints 9–0.

Second quarter

  • TB – Patrick Murray 50-yard field goal, 2:57. Saints 9–3. Drive: 10 plays, 40 yards, 5:44.
  • NO – Alvin Kamara 33-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 0:55. Saints 16–3. Drive: 7 plays, 93 yards, 2:02.

Third quarter

  • NO – Alvin Kamara 6-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 9:59. Saints 23–3. Drive: 6 plays, 72 yards, 3:31.
  • NO – Ted Ginn Jr. 36-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 9:39. Saints 30–3. Drive: 1 plays, 36 yards, 0:07.

Fourth quarter

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  • TB – Ryan Fitzpatrick – 8/15, 68 yards, TD
  • NO – Drew Brees – 22/27, 263 yards, 2 TD

Top rushers

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Top tacklers

  • TB –
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The offense once again struggled as the Bucs lost their fifth straight game and their second straight against a division opponent. Jameis Winston sat out of the second half due to an injury and was replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick. This game was also marred by a brawl on Tampa Bay's sideline in the 3rd quarter when Winston, who was already considered out with the aforementioned injury, went over and pushed Marshon Lattimore in his ear, and Mike Evans suddenly shoved Lattimore from behind to spark the fight; however, there were no ejections.

With this loss, the Bucs move to 2-6. This is the Bucs' longest losing streak since the 2014 season.

Week 10: vs. New York JetsEdit

Week Ten: New York Jets at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 3 0 7 10
Buccaneers 3 0 6 6 15

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information
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First quarter

  • TB – Patrick Murray 29-yard field goal, 0:54. Buccaneers 3–0. Drive: 17 plays, 77 yards, 7:56.

Second quarter

  • NYJ – Chandler Catanzaro 47-yard field goal, 0:00. Tied 3–3. Drive: 16 plays, 51 yards, 7:23.

Third quarter

  • TB – Patrick Murray 49-yard field goal, 10:42. Buccaneers 6–3. Drive: 9 plays, 44 yards, 4:18.
  • TB – Patrick Murray 37-yard field goal, 0:29. Buccaneers 9–3. Drive: 7 plays, 32 yards, 2:56.

Fourth quarter

  • TB – Charles Sims 6-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (run failed), 6:05. Buccaneers 15–3. Drive: 15 plays, 81 yards, 7:25.
  • NYJ – Robby Anderson 38-yard pass from Josh McCown (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 0:28. Buccaneers 15–10. Drive: 6 plays, 70 yards, 1:25.

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  • NYJ – Josh McCown – 23/39, 262 yards, TD, INT
  • TB – Ryan Fitzpatrick – 17/34, 187 yards, TD, INT

Top rushers

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Top tacklers

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The Bucs end their five game losing streak with a win at home against the Jets. With Jameis Winston out with an injury and Mike Evans out due to a one game suspension earned in the previous game against the Saints, Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Chris Godwin got the starts for the Bucs. The only scores came from field goals until the fourth quarter where both teams scored late touchdowns. The Bucs scored first taking a 15-3 lead, then the Jets scored with 38 seconds left, cutting the lead to five points. A failed Jets onside kick sealed a Bucs win.

Week 11: at Miami DolphinsEdit

Week Eleven: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 3 17 0 10 30
Dolphins 7 0 6 7 20

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information
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First quarter

Second quarter

  • TB – Patrick Murray 30-yard field goal, 14:10. Dolphins 7–6. Drive: 11 plays, 59 yards, 5:13.
  • TB – O. J. Howard 6-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Patrick Murray kick), 12:14. Buccaneers 13–7. Drive: 3 plays, 5 yards, 0:41.
  • TB – DeSean Jackson 4-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Patrick Murray kick), 0:45. Buccaneers 20–7. Drive: 4 plays, 37 yards, 1:05.

Third quarter

  • MIA – Cody Parkey 26-yard field goal, 10:57. Buccaneers 20–10. Drive: 9 plays, 70 yards, 4:03.
  • MIA – Cody Parkey 31-yard field goal, 4:19. Buccaneers 20–13. Drive: 11 plays, 66 yards, 4:52.

Fourth quarter

  • MIA – Kenny Stills 61-yard pass from Matt Moore (Cody Parkey kick), 3:00. Tied 20–20. Drive: 5 plays, 74 yards, 1:37.
  • TB – Patrick Murray 35-yard field goal, 0:04. Buccaneers 23–20. Drive: 9 plays, 58 yards, 2:56.
  • TB – Adarius Glanton fumble recovery in end zone (Patrick Murray kick), 0:00. Buccaneers 30–20.

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  • TB – Ryan Fitzpatrick – 22/37, 275 yards, 2 TD
  • MIA – Matt Moore – 17/28, 282 yards, TD

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • TB – Mike Evans – 5 receptions, 92 yards
  • MIA – Kenny Stills – 7 receptions, 180 yards, TD

Top tacklers

  • TB –
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After originally being slated to play in Week 1, the Bucs and the Dolphins finally met on what should have been each other's bye week. The Bucs win consecutive games for the first time this year with a 30-20 win. The defense created 4 turnovers in the first half, 3 interceptions and one fumble. Ryan Fitzpatrick started once again, finishing with over 270 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. With this win, the Bucs move to 4-6.

Week 12: at Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Twelve: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 3 3 7 7 20
Falcons 3 17 7 7 34

at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
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First quarter

  • TB – Patrick Murray 36-yard field goal, 9:45. Buccaneers 3–0. Drive: 10 plays, 57 yards, 5:15.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 49-yard field goal, 3:50. Tied 3–3. Drive: 13 plays, 43 yards, 5:55.

Second quarter

  • ATL – Julio Jones 51-yard pass from Mohamed Sanu (Matt Bryant kick), 12:36. Falcons 10–3. Drive: 3 plays, 60 yards, 1:23.
  • ATL – Julio Jones 25-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 7:26. Falcons 17–3. Drive: 6 plays, 72 yards, 3:12.
  • TB – Patrick Murray 27-yard field goal, 1:36. Falcons 17–6. Drive: 14 plays, 74 yards, 5:50.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 36-yard field goal, 0:00. Falcons 20–6. Drive: 8 plays, 59 yards, 1:36.

Third quarter

  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 3-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 10:04. Falcons 27–6. Drive: 9 plays, 78 yards, 4:56.
  • TB – Peyton Barber 2-yard run (Patrick Murray kick), 6:07. Falcons 27–13. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 3:57.

Fourth quarter

  • TB – Peyton Barber 1-yard run (Patrick Murray kick), 13:47. Falcons 27–20. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 3:39.
  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 14-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 1:53. Falcons 34–20. Drive: 11 plays, 82 yards, 5:12.

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  • TB – Ryan Fitzpatrick – 27/44, 283 yards
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 26/25, 317 yards, TD

Top rushers

  • TB – Doug Martin – 7 carries, 33 yards
  • ATL – Tevin Coleman – 19 carries, 97 yards, 2 TD

Top receivers

  • TB – DeSean Jackson – 8 receptions, 60 yards
  • ATL – Julio Jones – 12 receptions, 253 yards, 2 TD

Top tacklers

  • TB –
  • ATL –

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The Bucs go 0-3 in the division with a loss at the Falcons. After going down 27-6 in the third quarter, the Bucs fought back to cut the lead to 27-20. After a turn over on downs, the Falcons scored again to end the game. With this loss, the Bucs fall to 4-7, equaling their loss total from last season.

Week 13: at Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Thirteen: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 7 3 0 10 20
Packers 3 14 0 3 26

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Second quarter
  • GB – Jamaal Williams 1-yard run (Mason Crosby kick), 7:17. Packers 10–7. Drive: 5 plays, 45 yards, 2:32.
  • GB – Dean Lowry 61-yard fumble return (Mason Crosby kick), 4:31. Packers 17–7.
  • TB – Patrick Murray 36-yard field goal, 0:17. Packers 17–10. Drive: 12 plays, 57 yards, 4:04.
Third quarter
  • No scoring plays
Fourth quarter
  • TB – Patrick Murray 30-yard field goal, 14:33. Packers 17–13. Drive: 13 plays, 59 yards, 5:50.
  • TB – Cameron Brate 11-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Patrick Murray kick), 6:06. Buccaneers 20–17. Drive: 12 plays, 78 yards, 7:02.
  • GB – Mason Crosby 22-yard field goal, 2:03. Tied 20–20. Drive: 10 plays, 70 yards, 4:01.
Overtime
  • GB – Aaron Jones 20-yard run, 6:08. Packers 26–20. Drive: 8 plays, 72 yards, 4:01.

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With the loss, the Bucs exceeded their loss total from the previous season.

Week 14: vs. Detroit LionsEdit

Week Fourteen: Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 7 7 3 24
Buccaneers 7 0 0 14 21

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

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Second quarter

Third quarter

  • DET - Theo Riddick 18-yard run. (Matt Prater kick). Lions 21–7. Drive: 6 plays, 51 yards, 2:59.

Fourth quarter

  • TB – O. J. Howard 2-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Patrick Murray kick). Lions 21–14. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:30.
  • TB – Leonard Wester 2-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Patrick Murray kick). Tied 21–21. Drive: 6 plays, 72 yards, 2:06.
  • DET – Matt Prater 46-yard field goal. Lions 24–21. Drive: 9 plays, 49 yards, 2:34.

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  • DET – Matthew Stafford – 36/44, 381 yards, TD, 2 INT
  • TB – Jameis Winston – 26/38, 285 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT

Top rushers

  • DET – Theo Riddick – 10 carries, 29 yards, 2 TD
  • TB – Peyton Barber – 12 carries, 58 yards

Top receivers

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After going down 21-7 in the third, the Bucs fought back to tie the game 21-21. With 20 seconds left, the Lions scored a field goal to secure the win. With this loss, the Bucs were officially mathematically out of the playoffs. This marked the 10th straight season without a playoff appearance.

Week 15: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Fifteen: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 10 0 7 24
Buccaneers 7 0 7 7 21

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

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Second quarter

  • ATL – Levine Toilolo 0-yard fumble recovery (Matt Bryant kick), 12:56. Falcons 14–7. Drive: 9 plays, 77 yards, 3:56.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 57-yard field goal, 3:12. Falcons 17–7. Drive: 6 plays, 56 yards, 3:18.

Third quarter

  • TB – Mike Evans 42-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Patrick Murray kick), 8:31. Falcons 17–14. Drive: 3 plays, 53 yards, 1:28.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 32-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 7:58. Falcons 24–14. Drive: 10 plays, 87 yards, 5:23.
  • TB – Adam Humphries 16-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Patrick Murray kick), 4:07. Falcons 24–21. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 3:51.

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  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 17/31, 212 yards, TD
  • TB – Jameis Winston – 27/35, 299 yards, 3 TD

Top rushers

  • ATL – Devonta Freeman – 22 carries, 126 yards, TD
  • TB – Peyton Barber – 13 carries, 53 yards

Top receivers

  • ATL – Devonta Freeman – 5 receptions, 68 yards
  • TB – Mike Evans – 5 receptions, 79 yards, 1 TD

Top tacklers

  • ATL –
  • TB –

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The Bucs lost their fourth straight game. This marked the first time since 2014 where the Bucs didn't win at least one of the two games against the Falcons. Jameis Winston played, arguably, his best game of the season finishing 27/35 on passes, throwing three touchdowns with no interceptions. A late fourth quarter pass to Adam Humphries brought the Bucs within three points, but kicker Pat Murray missed a 54-yard field goal with 0 seconds remaining to seal the loss. The Bucs move to 4-10 on the season, with the last two games being against division rivals New Orleans and Carolina.

During halftime, former Bucs coach Jon Gruden was inducted into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor. He is best known for leading the Bucs to their one (and only) Super Bowl win.

Week 16: at Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Sixteen: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 3 6 7 3 19
Panthers 3 9 3 7 22

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

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First quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 25-yard field goal, 8:13. Panthers 3–0. Drive: 7 plays, 26 yards, 3:55.
  • TB – Patrick Murray 31-yard field goal, 2:24. Tied 3–3. Drive: 11 plays, 63 yards, 5:49.

Second quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 28-yard field goal, 8:38. Panthers 6–3. Drive: 10 plays, 71 yards, 4:58.
  • TB – Patrick Murray 41-yard field goal, 2:58. Tied 6–6. Drive: 6 plays, 61 yards, 2:18.
  • CAR – Damiere Byrd 103-yard kickoff return (kick failed), 2:43. Panthers 12–6.
  • TB – Patrick Murray 21-yard field goal, 0:02. Panthers 12–9. Drive: 9 plays, 72 yards, 2:41.

Third quarter

  • TB – Bobo Wilsonn 18-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Patrick Murray kick), 10:27. Buccaneers 16–12. Drive: 3 plays, 49 yards, 1:01.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 30-yard field goal, 4:49. Buccaneers 16–15. Drive: 12 plays, 68 yards, 5:38.

Fourth quarter

  • TB – Patrick Murray 26-yard field goal, 14:57. Buccaneers 19–15. Drive: 10 plays, 67 yards, 4:52.
  • CAR – Cam Newton 2-yard run (Graham Gano kick), 0:35. Panthers 22–19. Drive: 10 plays, 59 yards, 2:25.

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  • TB – Jameis Winston – 21/27, 367 yards, TD
  • CAR – Cam Newton – 16/25, 160 yards, INT

Top rushers

  • TB – Peyton Barber – 13 carries, 51 yards
  • CAR – Cam Newton – 14 carries, 52 yards, TD

Top receivers

Top tacklers

  • TB –
  • CAR –

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The Bucs drop their fifth straight for the second time this season. With this loss, the Bucs have had 7 of their 11 losses come by 7 points or less.

Week 17: vs. New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week Seventeen: New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 14 0 3 7 24
Buccaneers 7 6 0 18 31

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information
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First quarter

  • TB – Peyton Barber 1-yard run (Patrick Murray kick), 9:42. Buccaneers 7–0. Drive: 14 plays, 75 yards, 5:18.
  • NO – Alvin Kamara 106-yard kickoff return (Wil Lutz kick), 9:29. Tied 7–7.
  • NO – Alvin Kamara 7-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 2:36. Saints 14–7. Drive: 6 plays, 65 yards, 3:24.

Second quarter

  • TB – Jameis Winston 1-yard run (kick failed), 5:50. Saints 14–13. Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 6:15.

Third quarter

  • NO – Wil Lutz 48-yard field goal, 2:44. Saints 17–13. Drive: 9 plays, 50 yards, 5:18.

Fourth quarter

  • TB – Isaiah Johnson 7-yard fumble return (Patrick Murray kick), 14:04. Buccaneers 20–17.
  • NO – Zach Line 3-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 7:07. Saints 24–20. Drive: 13 plays, 92 yards, 6:57.
  • TB – Patrick Murray 42-yard field goal, 4:31. Saints 24–23. Drive: 10 plays, 51 yards, 2:36.
  • TB – Chris Goodwin 39-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Jameis Winston-Mike Evans pass), 0:09. Buccaneers 31–24. Drive: 11 plays, 95 yards, 1:49.

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  • NO – Drew Brees – 22/30, 245 yards, TD
  • TB – Jameis Winston – 28/51, 363 yards, TD, 3 INT

Top rushers

  • NO – Alvin Kamara – 9 carries, 44 yards, TD
  • TB – Peyton Barber – 17 carries, 71 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • NO – Michael Thomas – 6 receptions, 94 yards
  • TB – Chris Goodwin – 7 receptions, 111 yards, TD

Top tacklers

  • NO –
  • TB –

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The Bucs finish the season with a win against a division rival. A late 4th quarter touchdown pass from Jameis Winston to rookie wide receiver Chris Godwin with 9 seconds remaining gave the Bucs their first win against a division opponent this year. With this win, the Bucs finish the season 5-11, their sixth losing season in eight years. They went 4-4 in home games and 1-7 in road games. They will pick 7th in the 2018 NFL Draft.

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

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