Say what you will about the miserableness of the Bucs defense, they pulled it out when it mattered. You have to admit that yesterdays game and the non-blowout losses before it have been more exciting than the ground out wins of the Dungy & Early-Gruden eras. Josh Freeman continues to play mistake-free ball while taking shots when they are available and making precise throws when the window is small.
Mike Williams and Josh Freeman have already put themselves on the map as improving, potential super star players, but yesterday, they got some help. LeGarrette Blount showed that even with poor blocking that he can grind out yards and limit the negative rushes that cripple an offense's success expectation. Speaking of the line, at least they didn't have 37 penalties for 700 yards lost again this week. Arrelious Benn also showcased himself on a gorgeous deep ball and looks to be slowly working his way into that #2 receiver spot. This allows Stroughter to move to the slot where he is a natural fit. With all these weapons, we have seen Josh rely less on KW2 and all those short routs that he runs.
The other side of the ball was about as boom-or-bust as you can get. After getting gouged early by the run, the Bucs did a better job of that after running up a big lead as the Cardinals were less inclined to run the ball. We also saw 4 turnovers (two returned for scores by Aqib Talib and Geno Hayes) that came after the few times that we were able to pressure their two-headed lamester at QB. Ultimately, we got pressure when it mattered and a garbage QB showed his true colors in the highest leverage moment of the game.
5-2 can't be taken away, I don't care how many loser stats you quote.
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