No one said in better than Johnny Drama from the HBO series Entourage:
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got their first win of the season this past Sunday with a 38-28 triumph over the Green Bay Packers. There were a lot of firsts in this game for the Buc's. Rookie quarterback Josh Freeman got his first career victory as a starter and led Tampa to their first win in their last 11 regular season games. Freeman threw for 205 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. He also made the play of the game in the fourth quarter. On a fourth and four with less than 5 minutes to play, Buc's coach Raheem Morris decided to go for it from the Green Bay 7 yard line. Josh dropped back and laid a beautiful pass into the back corner of the end zone to receiver Sammie Stroughter for the go ahead score and a 31-28 lead. Tanard Jackson later added the exclamation point to this game by picking off an Aaron Rodgers pass and returning it 35 yards for a touchdown. With the victory, the NFL will not have another 0-16 team on its hands as the Buc's became the last NFL team in the 2009 season to get a win.
Defense and special teams also played a key role in the Buc's first victory of the season. Cornerback Ronde Barber picked up a blocked punt by Geno Hayes and returned it for a 31 yard touchdown in the first half. It marked the thirteenth career return touchdown for Barber, who is now tied for the third most return touchdowns in NFL history. He now trails only Deion Sanders (19) and Rod Woodson (17) in that category. Return man Clifton Smith also got back into the mix this week and made his presence known with an 83 yard kick-off return. That helped set-up a Freeman to Winslow touchdown and started the rally for the Buc's. Tampa scored a total of 21 unanswered points in the last 11 minutes of the fourth quarter to upend the Pack and get Coach Raheem Morris his first victory as a head coach. Mmmmm, Gatorade.
It's funny how one victory can jump start a season. This is definitely something that the Buc's can build on. Josh Freeman injected new life and playmaking ability into the offense. I'm not sure if it was the lack of effectiveness by the Green Bay defense or the calm demeanor of Freeman, but Josh didn't look like a rookie out there on Sunday. Could we see another Joe Flacco or Matt Ryan type of season from Josh? Only time will tell, but he's off to a great start. Things don't get any easier for the Buc's as they take on the Miami Dolphins this coming Sunday. We all know that the Wildcat formation can confuse defenses and light up the scoreboard. The Buc's proved this weekend that with a total team effort, they can hang with anyone. Just ask Aaron Rodgers who was sacked another 6 times on Sunday. I'm sure he was a bit slow getting out of bed this morning. Enjoy this Buc's fans, it is well deserved. Now, on to Miami.
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Written by Dan Nowak