Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 10/23/12
Overtime proved elusive for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and painful for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Thats the Week 7 Florida NFL roundup in a nutshell. The Bucs lost to the New Orleans Saints 35-28 after appearing to have scored a game-tying touchdown as time expired. Unfortunately for Tampa Bay, receiver Mike Williams was pushed out of bounds before re-entering the end zone to catch what would have been a game-tying score. The Jags lost a 26-23 OT decision and two key starters at Oakland. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) and quarterback Blaine Gabbert (non-throwing shoulder) both exited with first-half injuries. Jones-Drew has been ruled out for this weeks game at Green Bay and could be sidelined longer. Gabbert might be able to play against the Packers. The Miami Dolphins didnt lose a game or any players they were on their bye week. Heres a closer look at the past weekend: Week in review Saints 35, Buccaneers 28: Williams catch after running out of bounds was the final disappointment for the Bucs. But there were others. A play earlier, Josh Freeman connected with Vincent Jackson on what appeared to be a 9-yard scoring pass. Jacksons foot, however, landed out of bounds by a couple of inches. Perhaps even more frustrating than the final two plays was what occurred late in the third quarter. Freeman and Jackson connected on a 95-yard pass play that put the ball on the 1. The Bucs ran four plays that ended unsuccessfully with New Orleans taking over at their own 5. Instead of the score being 28-28, the Saints drove down and took a 35-21 lead. Another tough moment happened when the Bucs were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct during a 51-yard Garrett Hartley field-goal try. Officials ruled they audibled a shift of their formation, which is in violation of NFL rules. The rules allow for a physical shift on such plays but prevent teams from using "words designed to disconcert an offensive team at the snap," which several Bucs players admitted doing just that by using the words "shift'' and "move.'' Game gallery Raiders 26, Jaguars 23, overtime: Despite losing Drew and Gabbert in the first half, the Jags built a 14-point lead early in the third quarter. The Raiders used a semi hurry-up offense to rally, tying the score on Carson Palmers 1-yard sneak with 3:34 remaining in regulation. The score was set up by Aaron Ross 24-yard pass interference penalty in the end zone. Jacksonville won the OT coin toss, but a no gain and a sack preceded a completion to Cecil Shorts, whose fumble led to Sebastian Janikowskis 40-yard game-winning field goal. The Drew and Gabbert replacements hardly were impressive. Rashad Jennings ran 21 times for 44 yards. Chad Henne completed 9 of 20 passes for 71 yards. Game gallery Dolphins (Bye): Miami entered its bye week tied for first in the AFC East with a 3-3 record. Star of the Week Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman threw for 420 yards by completing 24 of 42 passes with three touchdowns and no interceptions With Freeman directing, the Bucs offense has gained 976 yards and scored 59 points in the past two games. Goat of the Week Jacksonvilles Cecil Shorts, whose fumble in overtime helped set up Janikowskis 40-yard field goal. Shorts was fighting for extra yards when he fumbled after being hit by Oaklands Lamarr Houston. While the desire for more yards is commendable, you cant turn over the ball there. Quotebook Bucs coach Greg Schiano on what appeared to be Mike Williams TD catch with 5 seconds remaining in regulation: "I'm thinking about overtime who's going to do the coin toss, and how we're going to do and all that. That quickly left my mind when I saw the one official's hat off. It doesn't take a genius to figure out what that equals." Bucs WR Williams on the games final play: "I've got to be strong enough to stay inbounds. That's on me. We have the game tied. We see the flag down. I was thinking it was pass interference or something, and they said it was illegal touching. Game over." Bucs LT Donald Penn on his team failing to score a TD starting with first-and-goal from the 1: Was it critical? We lost by seven. How could it not be?" Bucs DT Roy Miller: "We are just sick of being in these tight games. We're just sick of it. If you look back on all the games we lost, they were all pretty close. This is just another one that is sickening." Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey after his teams overtime loss: Well, were consistent, thats for sure. Unfortunately it hasnt been on the positive side, its been on the side of not finding ways to win these games. Jaguars WR Shorts, whose fumble in OT set up Oaklands game-winning field goal: I just have to protect the ball. The coaches always preach carrying it high and tight. When I was trying to get up field and get some extra yards, somebody I didnt see knocked it out. Jaguars backup QB Chad Henne, who replaced injured Blaine Gabbert, on the Raiders defense: Theyre going to pin their ears back and come. So maybe theyre thinking Im a veteran quarterback and they wanted to see if I can handle it or not. Weve got to get better at protecting. Did You Know? The Jaguars started five drives outside their own 40-yard line, but those just led to three Josh Scobee field goals, a punt and a turnover on downs. The Jaguars went 1 of 15 (6.7 percent) on third down against Oakland. That was the worst third-down rate, with 15 or more attempts, in the teams history. Twice vs. Tennessee in 2010 and at Pittsburgh in 1999 the Jaguars went 3 of 15. Jacksonville has lost three straight and fallen to 1-5 for the second time in franchise history. The Freeman-to-Jackson 95-yard pass play was the longest in Bucs history. Each of Miami's past four games have been decided by four points or fewer. Only one of Tampa Bay's six games has been decided by more than seven points, a 38-10 victory over Kansas City on Oct. 14. The Bucs rank 31st out of 32 teams in pass defense, allowing 323 yards per game to go with seven plays of 40 or more yards, tied for most in the NFL. Tweet of the Week Jaguars are having a coming out party in Oakland and the Raiders seem content to be the piata. Bill Romanowski (@billromanowski) October 21, 2012 Our Take: The party ended and the piata didnt break. On Tap Tampa Bay at Minnesota (Vikings favored by 7): The Bucs must get past Sundays loss quickly as they visit Minnesota on Thursday night. Although some key offensive plays got a lot of attention, Tampa Bays defense yielded touchdown drives of 80, 80, 79 and 72 yards on four consecutive first-half possessions. True, Christian Ponder isnt Drew Brees, but the Vikings do have running back Adrian Peterson. Miami at N.Y. Jets (Jets favored by 1): The Dolphins return to work to face their division rivals at MetLife Stadium. Miami lost to New York 23-20 in OT at Sun Life Stadium in Week 3 when Dan Carpenter missed two field-goal tries. The Jets are coming off a tough 29-26 OT loss at New England. Thanks partly to the bye week, running back Reggie Bush should be close to 100 percent recovered from a knee injury suffered in the first meeting with the Jets. Jacksonville at Green Bay (Packers favored by 13): While the Jaguars will be without Jones-Drew, the Packers wont have veteran defensive back Charles Woodson, who will be sidelined six weeks with a broken collarbone. The Jaguars are a 13-point underdogs, and thats tied for the second-largest spread of the season. New England lost straight up to Arizona as a 13.5-point favorite in Week 2.
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