Buccaneers play bend but don’t break early, with some help from Dan Bailey

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The Buccaneers returned from their bye week in a big way on Sunday, beating the Vikings and moving to 8-5 on the season.

After the game, Bucs pass rusher Shaquil Barrett called the bye week “perfect timing,” given that the team needed a mental break. It allowed them to “just refocus and take care of the problems that needed to be taken care of so we won’t be making the same mistakes we used to make.”

The defense didn’t look great early, and Barrett acknowledged that a “bend but don’t break” approach isn’t ideal. However, he added that Minnesota’s inability to score points at a time in the game when the Vikings were outplaying Tampa helped significantly.

“I mean, tell the field goal kicker we appreciate him,” Barrett said regarding Vikings kicker Dan Bailey, who had four misses in all on Sunday.

Barrett was laughing when he said it. Bailey, the Vikings, and their fans surely weren’t laughing at any point on Sunday.

9 responses to “Buccaneers play bend but don’t break early, with some help from Dan Bailey

  1. Missed field goals and extra points seemed to be happening everywhere today,but I think Bailey should be worried.

  2. Good news and bad news for Dan Bailey. The good news is that it looks like he’ll be home with his family for Christmas. The bad news? His NFL career is likely over.

  3. Weird time to make sure you get Tyler Conklin, C.J. Ham, Tajae Sharpe, Ameer Abdullah, Mike Boone, and Chad Beebe involved in the passing game.

  4. Bailey absolutely cost them the game. With an extra 10 points, or even 7, the Vikings could still keep the running game and play action pass going. The Vikings team did enough to win yesterday. The Vikings kicker made sure that wasn’t going to happen.

  5. If Bailey had been just average and the refs had called the game fairly, the Buccaneers would have lost this game. It’s clear that the NFL wants Brady in the playoffs and the refs were instructed to call the game in the Buccaneers’ favor.

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