Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

The Buccaneers might want to see if they can get all of their games moved to Germany.

With the team in an offensive rut, the trip to Munich seemed to fix nearly everything as Tampa Bay held off Seattle 21-16 in what was the NFL’s first regular-season game ever played in Germany. 

After struggling for most of the past seven weeks, the Buccaneers finally caught fire on the offensive side of the ball: They had their longest run of the season (29 yards), their longest touchdown play of the season (31 yards) and Tom Brady actually looked like Tom Brady. 

Although Brady did throw an interception late in the game, he was on point on nearly every other throw as he completed 22 of 29 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns, marking just the second time this year he’s thrown for multiple touchdowns in a game. 

Brady’s first TD pass was a big one: On a third-and-10 in the second quarter, the Buccaneers were staring at the possibility of a field goal attempt, but then Brady found Julio Jones for a 31-yard TD. 

That touchdown gave the Buccaneers an early 7-0 lead and they never looked back. If you’re wondering how bad Tampa Bay’s offense had been this season, just consider this: Jones’ score was the longest touchdown of the year for the Bucs. Before that play, the Buccaneers’ longest TD came from just 28 yards out. Jones finished with three catches for 53 yards on a day where three different receivers went over the 50-yard mark. 

If you want a taste of how accurate Brady was, here’s a 25-yard pass he through to Cade Otton in the third quarter. 

Although Brady was huge, he wasn’t the only reason why Tampa Bay’s offense was so effective. The Buccaneers’ rushing attack finally showed up and it helped Tampa Bay control the game. 

Going into Week 10, the Bucs were on pace to be the worst rushing team in NFL history with an average of just 60.7 yards per game through the first nine weeks. In Germany, they had more than 2.5 times that total with a season-high 161 yards. 

Rachaad White, who hadn’t rushed for more than 27 yards in any game this season, shocked everyone with a 105-yard performance. The rookie even had one of the most electrifying plays of the game when he stiff-armed Quandre Diggs out of the stadium on a 29-yard run, which was the longest running play of the season for the Buccaneers. 

White also iced the game with 34 rushing yards on Tampa Bay’s game-sealing drive. 

The Buccaneers haven’t looked like one of the top teams in the NFC through the first 10 weeks, but they still have Brady and they still have a talented roster. With their win over the NFC West’s first-place team, the Buccaneers are proving they could be a dangerous team down the stretch. In 2020, the Bucs had five losses heading into their bye before eventually winning the Super Bowl and with Sunday’s win in Germany moving them to 5-5, that’s exactly where they are heading into this year’s bye. 

Alright, let’s get to the grades for every game from Week 10. If you’re looking for a deeper dive on the Panthers’ win over the Falcons that was played Thursday, be sure to click here.

Tampa Bay 21-16 over Seattle in Germany

Seahawks-Buccaneers grades by John Breech (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Minnesota 33-30 over Buffalo (OT)

Vikings-Bills grades by John Breech (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Detroit 31-30 over Chicago

Lions-Bears grades by John Breech (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Kansas City 27-17 over Jacksonville

Jaguars-Chiefs grades by John Breech (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Miami 39-17 over Cleveland

Browns-Dolphins grades by John Breech (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

N.Y. Giants 24-16 over Houston

Texans-Giants grades by John Breech (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Pittsburgh 20-10 over New Orleans

Saints-Steelers grades by Bryan DeArdo (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Tennessee 17-10 over Denver

Broncos-Titans grades by Jordan Dajani (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Indianapolis 25-20 over Las Vegas

Colts-Raiders grades by John Breech (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Green Bay 31-28 over Dallas (OT)

Cowboys-Packers grades by Cody Benjamin (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Arizona 27-17 over L.A. Rams

Cardinals-Rams grades by Shanna McCarriston (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let her know on Twitter.)





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