This team is going to give me a heart attack.
Seriously, I think my wife has the heart paddles at the ready.
A 10-point comeback against the Bengals. A last second TD against the Rams. And this week, the Bucs nearly squandered a 17-point lead. I really don’t know if my heart can continue to take this.
But… the Bucs are now 5-2 and in first place in the NFC South. Halfway through a season many experts picked the Bucs to terrible, they are starting to make people take notice.
THE DARK CLOUD
When you’re beating a struggling team by 17 with only minutes left in the 3rd quarter, you should be cruising. Instead, Tampa looked like they didn’t know how to play with a lead. I actually didn’t even know how to watch the game with a lead. I didn’t know if I should stand or sit.
Drops, penalties and turnovers. All three are in the same category if you ask me. They are plays that take the ball the wrong direction. If the Bucs can continue to eliminate these mistakes, they can be a real playoff contender.
The defensive play calling. Here’s what happens: bring the pressure force turnovers, stop the pressure get scored on. There was no reason to stop blitzing once Derek Anderson got in the game. He is not good, but if you give him all day to throw the ball he’ll eventually find an open receiver. And that’s how they got back in the game.
THE SILVER LINING
I’m so torn on this defense. Once again, the secondary gave up way too many big plays. Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston had huge games. Breaston had all the yards, and Fitzgerald had two TDs.
They also made huge plays. Four INTs, two returned for touchdowns, and finally got in there for a sack. The linebackers and the secondary made big plays when they were needed most. And for the first time all season (with the help of the blitz), it seemed like the defensive line was getting pressure.
And for the second week in a row we have to mention LeGarrette Blount. Yes he lost a key fumble. But he also scored twice, and made one of the most spectacular runs I’ve seen while watching the Bucs.
VIEW FROM MY COUCH
Look who has a running game. If Blount can keep it up (and it may be a big IF), the Bucs will finally have some balance on offense. I also felt like Josh Freeman’s long passes were indeed passes and not just throws.
The defense continues to play bend don’t break. As long as they can keep the Bucs in the game, the offense gives the team a chance to win.
I think it’s fair to say, between Freeman, Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn, LeGarrette Blount the Bucs easily have the most exciting young players in the league.
What did you think?
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About the Author
Written by Justin Chechourka
Born and raised in California, I inexplicably became a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan. Now I bleed red and pewter. The best part of being a Bucs fan in California... I never have to worry about blackouts.