Vincent Jackson goes deep against double coverage, opening things up for Doug Martin
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Raiders clearly heeded the big passing plays the Bucs made in recent weeks. They began the game playing a deep Cover 2 zone, the goal of which was to prevent the Bucs’ receivers from going deep.
But WR Vincent Jackson beat double coverage anyway, making Tampa Bay’s longest pass completion of the game with a 64-yard reception in the second quarter.
“It was just a double move,” Jackson said. “It was third and long. So, whether we took a shot or complete it, we were backed up and we would have punted it. But Coach believes in us, believes in Josh’s arm. I gave the safety a good move, and both the safety and the corner bit on it. And josh gave me a chance.”
Jackson was called for taunting at the completion of the play, but didn’t seem certain what he did to warrant the call. It wasn’t clear what was said or done that garnered the flag.
No matter. Jackson made up for the indiscretion with a 20-yard touchdown reception two plays later, the Bucs’ first score of the game.
The deep balls the Bucs have connected on in recent weeks actually loomed large on Sunday, although the Bucs fewer big plays in the passing game. Jackson explained why.
“They were trying to take away the deep balls, playing Cover 2 with the safeties real high,” he said. “So, you know what? In the second half, we tried to run the ball. And when we get them in that kind of a defense, it’s a win for us. We block our guys, Doug (Martin) has a great day and it was awesome.”