Sunday, November 19, 2017

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Thomas Bassinger, Times staff writer

Thomas Bassinger, Times staff writer

It all began late 1991 with a Nintendo controller and a game cartridge that read, in gold block letters, "Tecmo Super Bowl" (Ready! Down! Hut! Hut! Hut! Hut! Hut!). That's when a young Thomas Bassinger discovered the fearsome Ronnie Lott, the dominant QB Eagles and the superhuman Bo Jackson and spent countless hours taking their 8-bit counterparts up and down the football field (Remember Wayne Haddix, Bucs fans?). He's been hooked on football and statistics ever since. Today, he contributes to coverage of the Buccaneers and the NFL for the Tampa Bay Times. He is the author of the Turning Point postgame analysis and studies All-22 game film for the weekly scouting report of the Bucs' upcoming opponent. Follow him on Twitter during the games @tometrics.



The Cowboys' playoffs chances dropped more than 20 percentage points after Sunday's 27-7 loss to the Falcons. [Getty Images]

NFL Power Rankings, Week 11: Steelers, Cowboys fall; Patriots, Saints rise

What follows below is a ranking of all 32 NFL teams. To build this list, we consulted five objective measures of team strength: Pro Football Reference’s Simple Rating System, Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average ratings, ESPN’s...
Published: 11/16/17
Dirk Koetter and the Bucs snapped a five-game losing streak Sunday. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

The Bucs did something Sunday they hadn’t done since Week 2

The Buccaneers did something Sunday they hadn’t done in a while: They scored first and never allowed the Jets to take the lead.How long has it been since they’ve done that? How about the opener against the Bears? In every game between, they...
Published: 11/15/17
After the Bucs' 15-10 win over the Jets on Sunday, Ryan Fitzpatrick become the seventh quarterback in NFL history to start for and win a game with six teams. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

Jets-Buccaneers Turning Point, Week 10: Finding meaning in a lost season

TAMPA — Ryan Fitzpatrick scrambled to his right. About 25 yards down the field, a receiver crossed over the middle. Not a single Jets jersey was in sight.His previous 34 passes were a mix of good and bad. But the 35th? It was one of the more...
Published: 11/13/17

Wins trump stat sheet in team debuts for Bucs’ Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick’s first starts with his new teams haven’t been impressive. He has never passed for more than 250 yards and has thrown multiple touchdowns only once. In fact, he has thrown more interceptions (eight) than touchdowns (seven). All that...
Published: 11/12/17
Ryan Fitzpatrick has started for and won a game with six teams during his career. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

Bucs-Jets: A by-the-numbers look at Tampa Bay’s 15-10 win

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Bucs’ 15-10 win over the Jets on Sunday:6Teams Ryan Fitzpatrick has started for...
Published: 11/12/17
Ryan Fitzpatrick greets Josh McCown after the Jets beat the Browns 31-28 last season. [Getty Images]

Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Josh McCown: Comparing the vagabond quarterbacks

When the Buccaneers host the Jets on Sunday, it won’t be the first time Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh McCown have gone head-to-head. In fact, this will be the third straight season they’ve played against each other. Fitzpatrick’s Jets got the better of...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/12/17
Ryan Fitzpatrick greets Josh McCown after the Jets beat the Browns 31-28 last season. [Getty Images]

Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Josh McCown: Comparing the vagabond quarterbacks

When the Buccaneers host the Jets on Sunday, it won’t be the first time Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh McCown have gone head-to-head. In fact, this will be the third straight season they’ve played against each other. Fitzpatrick’s Jets got the better of...
Published: 11/10/17
Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell celebrates a touchdown earlier this season by bench pressing the football. [Getty Images]

NFL Power Rankings, Week 10: Steelers hold the top spot

It happens every year.We talk about how strange the NFL season has been.Then we get to November.And it starts to feel ... normal.Teams like the Patriots and Steelers at the top. Teams like the Browns and Dolphins at the...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/10/17
Bucs running backs carried the ball 19 times Sunday in a 30-10 loss to the Saints. On six of those carries, they failed to gain at least a yard. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

Buccaneers-Saints Turning Point, Week 9: The nonexistent run game

Jameis Winston wanted to know where the line was."As far as doing too much, I want to have a good understanding of how much is doing too much," he told Dirk Koetter.Koetter responded: "We have by far the best team since you’ve been...
Published: 11/06/17
Jameis Winston now has 10,052 passing yards in 40 career games. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

Buccaneers-Saints: A by-the-numbers look at Tampa Bay’s 30-10 loss

The Bucs' 200 total offensive yards were their fewest since Dirk Koetter joined the team as offensive coordinator in 2015.
Published: 11/05/17