First and 10: Points to consider in Bucs loss to Colts
Ira Kaufman, The Tampa Tribune, published 30 November 2015

* The Bucs had no answers for Colts WR Donte Moncrief, who finished with eight catches for 114 yards, doing most of his damage against rookie CB Jude Adjei-Barimah. Moncrief caught six passes for 97 yards in the second half as Indy rallied from a 12-6 deficit. All eight of his receptions generated a first down.

* In the duel between the NFL’s oldest player under center — 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck — and the league’s youngest starting quarterback — 21-year-old Jameis Winston — experience won out. Hasselbeck, 4-0 as a starter for injured Andrew Luck, threw for 315 yards without an interception, carving up the Bucs despite a ground game that gained only 27 yards in 26 carries.

* Once again, the Bucs were their own worst enemies. After being flagged 12 times for 95 yards, they lead the league with 109 penalties. And yes, another three flags came courtesy of neutral-zone infractions.

* It’s rare to see a game with two unsuccessful extra-point attempts. But it’s happened twice this season in Bucs games. On Sunday, Indy’s Adam Vinatieri, who has made 16 consecutive field-goal tries, misfired off an errant snap and Tampa Bay’s Connor Barth hooked a second-quarter PAT for the first miss of his career. In Week 3, Tampa Bay’s Kyle Brindza and Houston’s Randy Bullock eached missed a PAT. Before this season, the Bucs had not botched a PAT since Carolina’s Julius Peppers blocked a Matt Bryant try in 2008.

* Tampa Bay’s rushing defense was superb, limiting the Colts to an average of 1.0 yard on their 26 carries. That is tied for the fifth-lowest average by a Bucs opponent in franchise history.

* The Bucs entered the day with only 15 three-and-out possessions, but couldn’t generate a first down on either of their first two drives after intermission, shifting momentum to Indianapolis.

* In his five previous games, Winston had been sacked only six times, but the Colts roughed him up on Sunday, blitzing often and dropping him on five occasions. DE Trent Cole, who did not start, finished with a sack and four QB hits.

* Some Buc fans are wondering about the durability of TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins. A second-round pick in 2014, he missed his ninth consecutive game with a shoulder injury and has made only 11 of a potential 27 starts as a pro.

* For the second consecutive season under coach Lovie Smith, the Bucs finished 1-3 against their AFC opponents. Since 2002 realignment, Tampa Bay is 4-12 against the AFC South.

* Eight of Tampa Bay’s 22 starters against the Colts did not open Week 1 against Tennessee: C Joe Hawley, TE Cameron Brate, WR Mike Evans, DE William Gholston, DT Akeem Spence, S Chris Conte and CBs Sterling Moore and Jude Adjei-Barimah.