Lavonte David Not the Scapegoat for Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1

By noahweintraub
Brad Penner-USA Today Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets played a very competitive game during their week one matchup. However, Bucs linebacker Lavonte David‘s late hit cost Tampa the win.

Late in the fourth quarter, Jets quarterback Geno Smith was in the midst of stepping out of bounds on a quarterback scramble on second-and-10. David hit Smith when he had stepped out of bounds and he received a 15-yard personal foul penalty.

This allowed the Jets to get in field goal range, where Nick Folk kicked the go-ahead field goal with two seconds left in the game.

David’s hit was a stupid play because Smith was not even a threat to gain more yards. He allowed Folk to win the game, thus he is considered the scapegoat.

Bucs wide receiver Vincent Jackson‘s great game of seven catches for 154 yards was wasted because of David’s hit.

The Bucs played well enough to win the game because they were able to contain Smith and Jackson was able to slice up the Jets’ secondary. David will be receiving a lot of attention from the media this upcoming week for his late hit.

David should not be viewed as the scapegoat for the Bucs loss because of running back Doug Martin‘s terrible performance, outside of a rushing touchdown. If Martin had been able to perform better, then David would not have had to worry about a potential game-winning drive for the Jets.

The difference between a playoff spot and a nine win season could have been decided when David received the personal foul penalty. The Jets should be grateful that he took the penalty because they deserved to lose that game.

Noah Weintraub is a Contributing Writer for Follow him on Twitter @NoahWeintraub, join his Facebook group, or add him to your network on Google.

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