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Todd Bowles Calls Out Buccaneers After Embarrassing Loss

Tyler Maher
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach called out his team after a stunning loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach called out his team after a stunning loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers set a dubious mark during Week 6, becoming the biggest betting favorite (9.5 points) to lose a game this season with their 20-18 defeat against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Not surprisingly, head coach Todd Bowles was less than thrilled about his team's humiliating loss on Sunday.

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Bowles took his team to task for its underwhelming performance, specifically veterans of the team that won the Super Bowl two years ago.

"I think guys that are living off the Super Bowl are living in a fantasy land,” Bowles said. “You’ve gotta get your hands dirty and go to work like everybody else."

Bowles, who was the defensive coordinator under head coach Bruce Arians during Tampa Bay's title run, seems to feel that some of his players have grown complacent and are looking to coast off past success. Any team can win on any given Sunday, however, so Bowles doesn't want his players taking anything for granted.

The Buccaneers have now lost three of their last four games and seem to be in a bit of a rut at the moment. Tom Brady has not played up to his usual standards this year and has been distracted by events in his personal life, leaving the impression that he's not as committed to winning as he used to be. Perhaps he's one of the players Bowles is hoping to give a kick in the butt.

Despite the recent skid, Tampa Bay is even bigger road favorites in Week 7 against the crumbling Carolina Panthers. The Buccaneers are listed as 10.5-point favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds, so if they lose that one too they'll be in major trouble.

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