Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Week 11 Bucs Post (@ San Francisco, W 21 - 0)

This game wasn't always fun to watch, but it was definitely reassuring. This is the best our run defense has looked all year, despite the fact that Frank Gore is no joke. The rest of the defense was solid, as well, with the front four picking up 6 sacks and Old Man Barber getting his 40th career interception, making Barber the first player in NFL history with 40 picks and 25 sacks. Love him.Josh Freeman had a quiet but steady game, being the cool, self-assured leader that he is... Caddy had a few beautiful plays to complement LaGarrette Blount's big running game, including a 6-yard run to pick up the first touchdown of the game. This would turn out to be an insurmountable lead.
Mike Williams continued to make his case for being Offensive Rookie of the Year, including a beautiful touchdown catch (despite his defender committing pass interference) to cap of a drive dominated by big plays from he and Blount.
Mike Williams is a huge part of Freeman's development as a quarterback, and you can tell that these young guys love playing together.
The final Bucs touchdown, though, was perhaps the one that put the biggest smile on fans' faces: a short pass on third-and-goal to an eligible Donald Penn. Penn actually had to have pretty good hands to pull in the pass, as it was thrown a little low, picking up his first career touchdown.
For reasons I can't quite fathom, the Bucs were 3.5-point underdogs coming into this game. There are only 3 teams in the NFL (New England, NY Jets, and Atlanta) with better records than Tampa, but nobody seems willing to take this team seriously. Sunday's game against the Ravens will be a good test. I think they're ready.

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