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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers Leonard Fournette Smash Colts With Four TDs

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette took over the game and single-handedly keeps the Bucs’ in the game. Fournette not only scored four touchdowns, but he also gave a halftime speech for the ages that connected with his coaches and teammates after being down 24-14 at the half. The Buccaneers went on to beat the Indianapolis Colts, 38-31. However, without Lenny’s 28-yard touchdown run with 29 seconds left, this was not a possibility.

    The Bucs seem to struggle on the road this season. They have lost three games on the road this year,: against the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, and at Washington. This is an alarming issue, especially as they attempt to repeat being Super Bowl Champions.

    “I was like, ‘You have to have a will and a want,'” said Fournette.”‘You have to be willing to risk everything. Play by play, you have to want to win, you have to want to fight, each and every play.’ I think they understood that message and played their lights out.”

    The Bucs often struggle to find their rhythm offensively early in the game. They tend to turn the ball over and make careless mistakes in the first half. As their defense slowly improves as the year goes on, the Buccaneers still allow too many big plays for any respectable defense. Bucs cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting was beaten by Colts receiver Ashton Dulin on a 62-yard touchdown. Not to mention, they also gave up a 16-yard scramble by Colts quarterback Carson Wentz on a big tie third down.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers surprised by halftime speech

    Many were surprised by the electrifying speech Fournette gave at halftime. According to ESPN, it changed the energy of the team and woke everyone up mentally. Lenny is not often considered a leader; however, nor has he ever shied away from the moments to give words of encouragement.

    “You could tell the mood — people’s energy was down. And it wasn’t like we [were] out there getting our asses whooped. It’s just the little things separating us to win the game from them,” Fournette said. “So just trying to boost everybody coming out. And thank God it worked.”

    Fournette’s teammates agreed that his words inspired them.

    “He just pretty much told us to keep fighting,” said safety Antoine Winfield Jr. “We control our own destiny, and [if] we wanna be the team we wanna be, we’re gonna have to step up and win games like this.”

    “He definitely said some stuff that got us going,” said outside linebacker Shaq Barrett, whose third-quarter sack of Wentz forced a fumble he recovered. “He said we were a special group — that’s one of the reasons he came back. And we know we can play [like] a special group. We’ve just gotta show it. Show it and play out.”

    Fournette makes history

    Fournette sets a personal record and tied a Buccaneers franchise record with four touchdowns from scrimmage. He had a career day but earned the respect of many of his peers including future Hall of Famer Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski spoke highly of Lenny and believes his speech sparked something amongst the whole team. Gronk emphasized changing his nickname due to his outstanding performance Sunday evening.

    “We were all watching him run and just do great things with the ball. It energizes us on the sideline,” Winfield said. “We see him running, going hard, and it makes us wanna play better.”

    All in all, the Bucs still have several road games to play. The Bucs plan to take on the Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, and Carolina Panthers. They plan to fight for the top-seeding which will grant them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The playoff ran began against the Colts for the Buccaneers and time can only tell if they can build upon Fournette’s performance.


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