In their Week 1 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense got off to a poor start. However, this unit, under the leadership of Baker Mayfield, eventually got it together to pull off an unexpected victory of 20-17.
Something changed in the middle of the game. Apparently, Mayfield figured out new Vikings defensive coordinator Brian Flores.
During an interview on the Buccaneers Radio Network, Bucs running back Rachaad White said Mayfield figured out Minnesota’s scheme by halftime.
“I just remember Bake came in the locker room, literally at halftime, he said, ‘I got it. We got all these signals,’” White said, via JoeBucsFan.com. “We’re in there talking as an offense and he’s like, ‘I know all these signals. If they do this, they’re going into Cover-2. If they do this, they’re going into Cover-3. Every time I alert this and they do this signal, they’re dropping back to this.’ And I’m like, ‘Wow, that’s amazing.’ … I was just listening to him and we were listening to him and we just kind of understood.”
The Bucs got possession to kick off the second half, and Mayfield led a 16-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a Trey Palmer touchdown.
In the fourth quarter, Mayfield was back at it as he engineered a 10-play, 38-yard drive that ended with a 57-yard Chase McLaughlin field goal. That would end up being the game-winning points.
Mayfield finished having completed 21 of 34 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, and snapped his personal nine-game road losing streak.
The Buccaneers will look to keep the good times rolling when they play the Chicago Bears next week.
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