The Buccaneers are playing their best football at the right time of year. They are coming on as we head to December, and the teams that play well in December often have games in January.
A much-maligned position group of the Bucs is the secondary. It’s understandable, as they haven’t done much to stop the pass all year long. We all remember the game that David Carr had against Tampa.
But things have been better over the last two weeks, and the Bucs sit at 5-5, just one game out of the NFC South lead. They beat up on the Bears and held on to top the first place Chiefs.
A player that has taken a lot of flack from all of us is Chris Conte. He has looked lost at times, so it’s understandable. But as Zach Sauers pointed out, Conte has played well and earned well-deserved redemption over the last two weeks.
Against the Chiefs, he came up with a big play. The Chiefs were driving for a potential go-ahead touchdown, but a red zone interception by Conte saved the day.
Go with the “Eye in the Sky” as we take a look at a breakdown of the play. As usual, all screenshots courtesy of NFL Game Pass (subscription required).
If you look from behind Conte, you can really tell that he is watching Smith’s every move. He has cheated to the left a bit and Smith thinks he has gotten him out of position. He rears back to hit Conley on the post.