The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are dealing with a slew of injuries on the offensive side of the ball, so naturally, struggles are expected.

But what we’ve seen over the last three weeks haven’t just been struggles. They’ve been major struggles.

The Buccaneers offense has scored just 51 points through the first three games of the season. The 17-point per game average is easily one of the NFL’s worst and puts the team on pace for just 289 points in 2022. That’s obviously nowhere close to the 492- and 511-point totals over the last two seasons.

But what really stings is the fact the Buccaneers have scored just three offensive touchdowns over their three games. All three touchdowns have come in the second half of each game, as well, marking the slow starts marred by either lack of execution, penalties, turnovers, or whatever else.

It’s a concerning trend. Especially the trend involving the mistakes. It doesn’t matter who’s in the game, the Buccaneers can’t make mistakes like the fumbles, the busted trick play, or the delay of game penalty during the two-point conversion that we saw against the Packers in Week 3.

And head coach Todd Bowles admitted such after the game.

“It’s concerning,” Bowles told reporters. “We didn’t have those guys to win the ball game. We just needed to play smarter … We had chances to win this game. They [the Packers] played a good ball game [and] they took care of the football, for the most part. We shot ourselves in the foot and there are some things we can’t do.

“Talent had nothing to do with the way we shot ourselves in the foot.”

Tom Brady knows the offense has stunk it up the last three weeks, as well.

“We gotta play a lot better on offense,” Brady said after the game. “We gotta do a lot better job. We haven’t scored many points all season. After three games, we gotta get a lot better …

“You’re not gonna score points if you don’t execute well.”

The Buccaneers finished the game with just 285 total net yards and were just 2-of-11 on third down in this game.

It’s clear something that has to change, but unfortunately, the Buccaneers may not have the means to change things. They’re at the mercy of the injury gods and have zero control upon when they can return.

All the Buccaneers can do is ride the wave out and try to grow in the meantime. However, this is the NFL – you have to grow up quickly or else you’ll be sitting at home come January.

You can check out both Bowles’ and Brady’s postgame pressers, below:

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