The Buc's lost a heartbreaker to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, 25-23.
Tampa Bay scored the go ahead touchdown off of a Chad Henne interception late in the fourth quarter. Problem is, the Buc's left 1:14 left on the clock for Henne to atone for his mistake and drive his team down for the decisive score. Miami kicker Dan Carpenter booted the game winning field goal with only 10 seconds left to secure the win for the Dolphins.
Rookie quarterback Josh Freeman had a rough first half on Sunday. He fumbled a snap from his center that was lost to Miami, dropped another snap out of the shotgun that resulted in a 13 yard loss, and was sacked twice by an aggressive Miami front seven. Josh bounced back nicely in the second half though. He threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Maurice Stovall on the first play of the fourth quarter to bring the Buc's within 3 points. He finished the game just shy of 200 yards passing. Cadillac Williams scored a rushing touchdown with just over a minute left in the game to give Tampa a short-lived lead. Kellen Winslow also had a monster day, catching 7 balls for over 100 yards. Kicker Connor Barth was also a valuable offensive weapon, tying the NFL record for most 50 yard field goals in a game with three (54, 51, and 50 yards).
The Buc's defense had another up and down game. While they forced a crucial turnover late in the game, they also conceded a 77-yard drive by Chad Henne and the Dolphins that set-up the eventual game-winning field goal. The defense will have their work cut out for them this Sunday as the Buc's take on Drew Brees and the high-powered Saint's offense. If the special teams continues it stellar play and Josh Freeman remains cool under pressure, the Buc's have a chance to make this game interesting.
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Written by Dan Nowak