Make no mistake, the Saints were/are the better team. They beat the Bucs in convincing fashion.
I come away from the game feeling pretty good about it. Why? Well for the first time all year, I felt like this was the Bucs team I watched last year.
Even in the wins this year the Bucs have been shaky at best. And while the team didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard in this game, it was probably the most balanced offensive attack of the year.
Could things have been improved?
Oh sure. Freeman is still a little off on some throws (two could have been TDs), and the play calling is certainly puzzling at best. Even then, the wide receivers came to play (welcome back Mike Williams) and LeGarrette Blount, was well… LeGarette Blount (love the return of the hurdle!).
On the defensive side… we also looked like last years team, but that’s not a good thing. The Saints ran all over the Bucs, and Drew Brees was methodical in picking apart the secondary. There’s a lot to like on the D, but there’s still so much that needs to be improved. Ronde Barber has been playing for like 20 years, and is still our best corner. That needs to be addressed at some point, he’s not going to play forever.
Also if Gerald McCoy is hurt again, the D-line will struggle. He has not been great, but he’s certainly better than Roy Miller or Frank Okam. I suppose this means we’ll see more Da’Quan Bowers at D-tackle.
I don’t think anyone thought Tampa would win the Super Bowl this year. This is still a rebuilding and growing young team. The Bucs aren’t out of the playoff hunt yet, but realistically they need to go 3-1 in the next four very tough games (Texans, @Green Bay, @Tennessee, Carolina).
At this point, Tampa might be a 9-7 team at best. I’ll take it… it’s something to build upon.
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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.