The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have an impressive road win in Atlanta to be thankful for when they celebrate Thanksgiving at home on Thursday. A couple days later, however, they will be back on the road.
The Buccaneers' 35-22 downing of the Falcons in Week 12 improved their record to 4-7 and evened their 2019 road ledger at 3-3. Next up is an even shorter trip to Jacksonville, where Tampa Bay will face a 4-7 Jaguars team coming off a 42-20 road loss at Tennessee. It will be the Buccaneers' first regular-season game in Jacksonville in 2011 and another opportunity for their first regular-season win in Jacksonville.
A victory over the Jaguars would give Tampa Bay its first pair of consecutive wins in Bruce Arians' first season at the helm. Though the Bucs' playoff chances are extremely thin in a top-heavy NFC, they continue to pursue a strong finish to the season whether or not it ends in the postseason. Building on a strong all-around performance in Atlanta would be a good start.
Most notably, the Buccaneers' young defense had its most encouraging outing of the season so far in Week 12. Rookie inside linebacker Devin White led a six-sack attack with two takedowns of Matt Ryan and NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate Shaq Barrett added one more sack and forced fumble to his totals of 12.5 and five while also hitting Ryan five times.
The Buccaneers' secondary mostly contained Falcons star Julio Jones and managed to break up an impressive 16 passes in the game. Second-year man Carlton Davis and rookie Jamel Dean had five passes defensed apiece and Dean now has 13 of them in roughly three games of playing time. Second-year defensive lineman Vita Vea had a sack and two passes defensed and topped his defensive contributions with a one-yard touchdown catch.
Tampa Bay's offense will also look to remain hot in Jacksonville after both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin eclipsed 1,000 yards on the season while in Atlanta. Godwin turned in a career-high 184 yards and two touchdowns, helping Jameis Winston record his team-record sixth consecutive 300-yard passing game.
The Jaguars, meanwhile, have lost three in a row. Quarterback Nick Foles returned to the lineup two weeks ago, replacing fan-favorite replacement Gardner Minshew, but Jacksonville's current problems appear to be on defense. The Jaguars have allowed 101 points in their losing streak, all to fellow AFC South teams.