Bucs' Bruce Arians not ready to take over offensive play-calling after another prime-time loss

The Bucs will have to face the reigning Super Bowl champions on Sunday before a Week 13 bye

All but one of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ losses this season have come during prime time but head coach Bruce Arians isn’t prepared to take over offensive play-calling just yet.

The Bucs lost 27-24 to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night but Arians stood behind the abilities of offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, saying the team as a whole needs to “execute” plays better. 

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“I thought [he] called a good ballgame,” Arians said, via ProFootball talk. “We just have to execute better.”

He explained: “When guys are open, we have to hit them and we can’t misread coverage. We have to protect a little bit better when we do have guys deep and let [Tom Brady] hit that guy instead of having that pressure that cost us an interception. As a collective, everybody has got to play better.”

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Jared Goff gave the Rams an early lead with a 10-play, 80-yard, 7-minute, 55-second drive. Brady responded with two touchdowns but the Rams headed into the locker room leading 17-14 at halftime.

Brady was able to tie things up at 24 after Goff’s second interception of the night but 2019 Bucs draft pick Matt Gay -- who was released after his rookie season -- scored the game-winning field goal with a little over two minutes left in the game. 

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"This was a big one and the next one’s even bigger, so I think each and every one is going to be huge the whole rest of the way,” Arians said when asked about the remainder of the season. 

Tampa Bay is 7-4 and will have to face the reigning Super Bowl champions on Sunday before going on a bye in Week 13.