The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 38-31, at home this past Sunday. This was cause for great celebration – not simply because the Bucs won, but because the win snapped an 11-game home losing streak.
You see that monkey? It’s off the Buccaneers’ back.
“Sunday was huge, man,” three-time Bucs All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “After awhile, you get tired of losing at home – not just because you’re losing at home, but more importantly, your fans. They come out to support you week in and week out every time you have a home game, and to be constantly disappointed and to not have won a home game since 2013 – I mean, it’s dang near 2016. So you just want to go out there and get that big win for your home fans. We were able to do that Sunday and it felt great.”
Jameis Winston had the worst game of his brief career the previous week against Carolina – he threw four picks in a 37-23 loss – but he responded well against the Jags, throwing for 209 yards and a touchdown and finishing without a turnover.
“The best thing about Jameis is that he’s not affected by anything,” said McCoy, who had 1.5 sacks against Jacksonville. “His resiliency is incredible, man. It’s not something that’s taught. It’s something that’s inner. He’s a natural-born winner. And winners, one thing about them is they’re not fazed by much – and he’s not really fazed by anything, really. He didn’t play his best game against Carolina, then he bounced back and plays a great game against Jacksonville. That just goes to show the type of mindset he has. You’re going to need something like that or a quarterback with that type of mindset if you’re going to win in this league, and he definitely has it.”
The Bucs, who have a bye this week, play their next two games on the road against the Redskins (2-3) and Falcons (5-0) on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, respectively.
“When you’re coming off a win . . . all you want to do is enjoy the break but realize that you have momentum going into the bye week,” McCoy said. “So you just want to build off that and try to get on a run. This thing is similar to 2012. We started similar to (this year) and we won one game and then we went on a streak and we won, I think, five out of the next six. So anything can happen. It’s early. We’re not far off from where we want to be. We’re right there in the hunt. We just got to keep playing and keep building off this.”
McCoy, in case you missed it, has dyed part of his hair pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Both his aunt and his grandmother have been affected by the disease.
“I tell the D-Line before we play that the fight that these women have is a lot bigger than us going against offensive linemen,” McCoy explained. “So let’s try and go out here and play with the same strength that they fight with – just to raise awareness and show that we care.”