Are Running Backs Affecting Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Performance? Bruce Arians Doesn’t Think So

November 24, 2020 7:46 pm

The Bruce Arians-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered their 4th defeat of the season on Monday night. Tom Brady and Co. slumped to a 24-27 win at the hands of Sean McVay’s Los Angeles Rams at the Raymond James Stadium yesterday.

Veteran quarterback Tom Brady had a forgettable outing in Week 11. The former New England Patriots man went 26 of 48, throwing for 216 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

It could have been 3 interceptions if it were not for wide receiver Mike Evans who scored a sensational receiving touchdown.

But another cause for concern was the sub-par display of the Buccaneers’ running backs, Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones III.

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Bruce Arians defends under-fire running backs after Monday’s loss

New summer recruit Fournette had 3 drops against the Rams last night while Ronald had 1 of his own. Reporters were quick to question coach Bruce Arians about his running backs’ display. Here’s what the veteran coach said in response to that.

“Yeah, that to look at Leonard….a couple were not really good throws either but when considering RoJo (Ronald Jones) had to drop through the screen real quick but no, I don’t think so whatsoever,” Arians said in the post-game presser.

Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA;Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Monday’s loss means the Buccaneers are still 2nd in the NFC South Division table behind the reigning divisional champions, New Orleans Saints. The Buccaneers have a tough fixture awaiting them next weekend.

They host Super Bowl LIV champions Kansas City Chiefs in Week 12. They will need to put in a flawless performance to stop the Chiefs who have lost just once in 2020. Can TB12 still lead the Buccaneers to the Playoffs? Watch this space for more.

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