‘A Lot Of Work To Do’ – Richard Sherman Unconvinced By Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense Even After Beating Patriots

Published 10/05/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Oct 3, 2021; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (16) is hit by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Richard Sherman (5) during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports


Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t look very dominant against the New England Patriots on Sunday. Tom Brady and his unit did not look like the reigning Super Bowl Champions, but most of the credit goes to Bill Belichick’s side. However, one man might’ve had a decent game, and it was the Bucs’ newest signing, Richard Sherman.

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Richard Sherman was good, but not good enough

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With seven tackles, Richard Sherman put in a decent shift against New England Patriots. While Mac Jones and Co pulled off two touchdowns, as opposed to the Bucs — who relied majorly on Ryan Succop’s field goals [13] — Tampa Bay’s defence had to put in a gruelling shift to keep the Patriots at bay.

Antoine Winfield picked up one interception off a Mac Jones throw, and Joe Tryon sacked the rookie quarterback twice. William Gholston and Shaquil Barrett picked up two sacks each, capping a great job from the Tampa Bay defence. While interceptions and sacks win games, high-end tackles make a big difference as well.

With seven tackles, Richard Sherman looked like he had a good game. However, he posted an encouraging tweet after the game, leading many to believe he expects more from the defensive end as well. He admitted the Patriots game wasn’t his best and continued, “Grateful for the win. Felt great to be back. It will get cleaned up! Preciate the support from everyone. 10 toes down regardless of circumstance.”

Was the game against New England a wake-up call for the Buccaneers? After losing to Los Angeles Rams last week, they pulled off a clutch signing and brought Sherman to the squad. While that move would’ve obviously bolstered their defence, Sunday’s performance proved there’s still work to do.

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What’s next for Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

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Oct 3, 2021; Foxboro, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Richard Sherman (5) recovers a fumble against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

After surviving New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium, Tampa Bay Buccaneers have avoided creating a mountain for them to climb. With three wins out of four, they have laid the foundation for a successful season. But we cannot make any convincing statements with a sizeable chunk of the season still left to go.

The Bucs have a couple of tricky fixtures, which will require their team to come together. With multiple injuries to Rob Gronkowski, other members of the team, from Chris Godwin to Mike Evans and even Antonio Brown, have to step up. First, they face Miami Dolphins, followed by Philadelphia Eagles and then Chicago Bears, to close off a busy month for them.

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Will the Bucs have what it takes to go this entire month unbeaten? Is Richard Sherman ready to go hard, and become the player everyone feared in the league, or will the Bucs rely on the heroics of Tom Brady to maintain their winning run? Stay tuned to find out.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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