Saturday, December 16, 2017


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.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

Lions-Buccaneers: A by-the-numbers look at Tampa Bay’s 24-21 loss

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Bucs’ 24-21 loss to the Lions on Sunday:28Seasons, out of 42, in...
Published: 12/10/17
Packers quarterback Brett Hundley passed for just 84 yards and ran for 66. [AP photo]

Buccaneers-Packers: A by-the-numbers look at Tampa Bay’s 26-20 loss

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Bucs’ 26-20 overtime loss to the Packers on Sunday:84Passing yards for...
Published: 12/03/17
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) makes a first down catch as Bucs cornerback Ryan Smith (29) defends during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

Buccaneers-Falcons: A by-the-numbers look at Tampa Bay’s 34-20 loss

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Bucs’ 34-20 loss to the Falcons on Sunday:253Receiving yards for Falcons receiver...
Updated one month ago
Bucs tight end O.J. Howard has caught four touchdown passes this season, which is tied for the team lead. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]

NFL Week 12: Things I learned about the Bucs while reading my colleagues

Happy gameday! Did you miss some of the Times’ Buccaneers coverage during Thanksgiving week? I’ll catch you up. Here are some things I learned while reading my colleagues:• Tight end O.J. Howard has caught half as many passes as Cameron Brate...
Updated one month ago
Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed about 60 percent of his passes Sunday and threw for 275 yards in a 30-20 win over the Dolphins. He threw two touchdown passes and no interceptions. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

Buccaneers-Dolphins Turning Point, Week 11: Cool, calm Fitzmagic

On Sunday, the Buccaneers and Dolphins played one of those football games that gets only an obligatory mention at the end of highlight shows. In that spirit, this week’s Turning Point will focus mostly on the final three minutes of
Updated one month ago
Bucs outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) signals a possession change after his defensive unit recovered a fumble during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

Buccaneers-Dolphins: A by-the-numbers look at Tampa Bay’s 30-20 win

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Bucs’ 30-20 win over the Dolphins on Sunday:5Bucs takeaways, four of which...
Updated one month ago
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...
Updated one month ago
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...
Updated one month ago
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...
Updated one month ago

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...
Updated one month ago