“He’s Literally Waiting for the Ball” – Stephen A. Smith Slams Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense

Published 11/30/2020, 1:23 PM EST
Nov 8, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) celebrates with quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) after scoring against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers slumped to a humbling defeat at the hands of Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. The Buccaneers had already suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of Los Angeles Rams in Week 11. They were in desperate need for a win as they approached last night’s game. Sadly, things did not go as per plan for Tom Brady and Co.

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Reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, along with teammates Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce put up quite a show in the first half itself. The duo combined on multiple occasions to hand the visitors a 17-point lead. The Buccaneers did fight back in the second half of the game. However, they ultimately succumbed to a 24-27 loss at the Raymond James Stadium.

As per the outspoken Stephen A. Smith, there was only one set of players to blame for last night’s loss in Florida.

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Stephen A. Smith made an appearance on ESPN’s First Take earlier today. He did not hold back in his assessment of the Buccaneers defense singling out CB Carlton Davis for some harsh feedback.

He said, “He (Tyreek Hill) is literally waiting for the football. Patrick Mahomes long it was all his mind and still Tyreek Hill was so fast and so wide open. He had to stand there. Take pictures…that’s how much space he had between him and Carlton Davis. That’s how wide open he was.”

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“Tyreek Hill is the number one receiver in football. Travis Kelce is right behind him at number two from the tight end spot…nobody’s debating that. He’s phenomenal. Great. All those things we say. But in the end, I’m talking about yesterday. Just look at Tampa’s defence. It was I mean, they had no answer whatsoever. And that was the reality. So that’s why they got the 24th ranked defence against the past. They’re not that great,” Smith said on the show.

Oct 25, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians (left) celebrates with quarterback Tom Brady (12) after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. The Buccaneers defeated the Raiders 45-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Buccaneers are still second in the NFC South Division behind New Orlean Saints. They are now on a 7-5 record heading into Week 12. The Buccaneers will now take on the high-flying Minnesota Vikings who pulled off a comeback win against Carolina Panthers this weekend.

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