Pictures from the Buccaneers' Week 3 matchup with the Rams.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' home opener ended in disappointment, with the team falling, 37-32, to the Los Angeles Rams at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Sunday afternoon. The Bucs found themselves within striking distance as the game came to a close, but Los Angeles was able to hold on to secure the victory.
The game was stopped with two minutes to go because of lightning detected in the area. Down by five, the Buccaneers drove deep into Los Angeles territory, but were stopped at the four-yard line as time expired.
The Buccaneers entered halftime leading, 20-17, after forcing two turnovers. But the Rams came alive in the second half, scoring three touchdowns while the Buccaneers only scored twice.
The Buccaneers were without Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin, and the running game struggled without him. As a unit, Tampa Bay ran for just 83 yards. Without Martin a week ago, they picked up 85.
Jameis Winston had his moments and finished the day completing 36 of 58 passes for 405 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Both of Winston's touchdowns were caught by tight end Cameron Brate.
Mike Evans led the Buccaneers in receiving, catching 10 passes for 132 yards. Adam Humphries caught nine balls for 100 yards while Brate had five receptions for 46 yards.
Lavonte David led the Buccaneers in tackles with eight, seven of which were solo, and also recorded a sack. Chris Conte and Kwon Alexander had six solo tackles, with Alexander also returning an interception for a touchdown.
The Buccaneers will return to Raymond James Stadium in Week 4 when they host the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos.