Whew. That was too close.
Here’s the quick summary: missed opportunities, blown plays on defense, a ton of penalties, and as per normal 4th quarter heroics.
I said in my preview that every year the Bucs lose a game they shouldn’t and this was sure looked like it was going to be this one.
First let me give credit where it’s due. Curtis Painter played a pretty good game. He made big throws, got a few breaks, and generally looked a hell of a lot more like Peyton Manning than Kerry Collins.
He wasn’t great. He threw two passes that should have gone the other way (Aqib Talib and E.J. Biggers need to work with the jugs machine this week). Talib blew coverage on the first Pierre Garcon touchdown and at the least should have pushed him out of bounds.
As for Tampa another sloppy win. First of all, too may penalties. Every big play seemed to be followed by a flag. Arrelious Benn being out of bounds, Preston Parker with an illegal block (questionable call there), Jeremy Trueblood with a hold, Dezmon Briscoe not getting out of bounds… it goes on and on. The Bucs left 10 points on the board because of penalties.
The best news of the night Tampa’s defensive line came alive. Two sacks for Michael Bennett including a fumble/fumble recovery. Gerald McCoy got on the board with his first sack of the season. And Adrian Clayborn continued his impressive rookie year with a sack and a whole lot of pressure on Painter.
I haven’t been kind to Greg Olson’s play calling. However, the 4&3 Josh Johnson run play was one hell of a call.
I think it’s time to stop expecting Josh Freeman to be Tom Brady. I don’t think he’s going to look pretty in every game. His passes may be high or off target sometimes (he’s definitely more Ben than Brady). But at the end of the day he gets it done. The best example was the 3rd and 6, Freeman scrambles, stumbles and dives for a first down. Not many QBs are making that play.
Still this comeback wasn’t Freeman’s… it was LeGarrette Blount’s.
Blount was last night’s MVP. I was worried at one point he might be a second-year bust. The only thing Blount is busting… is heads. I love watching him run, especially when he’s carrying three or four defenders with him. And then when you think he’s just a pile-mover… the big man “BUSTS” off a huge chunk of yards. Blount is sneaky fast, amazingly quick and just a joy to watch. He put the Bucs on his back in the 4th quarter and carried them to a win.
Again, this game was way closer than it should have been. But a win’s a win. Next up the 49ers (the team I grew up HATING)… if the Bucs expect to win they need to BRING IT for the entire game.
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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.