From the monthly archives:

September 2011

Posted in Game Previews

Colts vs. Bucs – Week 4 Matchups

by James LoPresti on September 30, 2011

Monday, October 6, 2003. It’s a day that has been etched into football history as the day the Tampa Bay Buccaneers squandered a 21-point late 4th quarter lead to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. But for me, it’s a day of few football memories. I was in high school at the time. There were […]

Posted in Good Bad & The Ugly

“The Good, Bad, & Ugly” – Falcons @ Bucs

by Erik Sabol on September 26, 2011

It was sloppy.  It was ugly.  And it was about time. With a 16-13 victory, the Bucs snapped a five-game losing streak to Matt Ryan and the Dirty Birds, and — per usual — it took every inch of Tampa’s 295 yards to put away their division rival. The Good Of all the good — […]

Posted in General News

Quick Look: Bucs vs. Falcons

by Roland Johnson on September 22, 2011

FALCONS: QB Matt Ryan has won past 5 starts vs. TB. Has won 7 of past 8 starts vs. division. In his career, has posted 100+ rating 16 times & Falcons are 16-0. Had career-high 4 TD passes last week…In past 4 meetings, RB Michael Turner has rushed for 380 yards (95 per game) & […]

Posted in Opinion

“Filthy Five” – 5 Greatest Pass Rushers in Buccaneer History

by Erik Sabol on September 21, 2011

The streak started on Sunday, October 10, 1999 at Lambeau Field. The Buccaneers lost that game in the waning seconds on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre to Antonio Freeman — the 26 points the second-highest total they would surrender all year — but the Tampa defense battered the Green Bay quarterback for four […]

Posted in General News

Freeman’s Third Down Success Continues

by Roland Johnson on September 21, 2011

In 2010 Josh Freeman was 84-of-139 for 1,015 yards, 5 touchdowns, 1 interception and a completion percentage of 60.4 for an average of 7.30 yards per pass and a QB rating of 91.9. Through two games this season Freeman thus far has improved on those numbers completing 17-of-18 for 210 yards, a completion percentage of […]

Posted in Good Bad & The Ugly

Good, Bad & The Ugly: Bucs @ Vikings

by Erik Sabol on September 18, 2011

The Good The Buccaneers had several players step up after an anemic first half — notably Josh Freeman, who added another fourth-quarter victory and game-winning drive to his résumé — but the standout was Preston Parker. The second-year receiver out of North Alabama sparked the offense to life, catching passes, returning kicks, and making key […]

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Game Preview: Week 2 Bucs @ Vikings

by Roland Johnson on September 18, 2011

The Buccaneers have won seven of the last ten and four consecutive meetings with Minnesota, but the Vikings lead the all-time series 31-20. Tampa Bay also owns an 8-1 record over the last nine games played in Tampa. The series started in 1977, when Tampa Bay joined the NFC Central Division. Minnesota won, 9-3, at […]

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Bucs vs. Vikings – Week 2 Matchups

by James LoPresti on September 17, 2011

Last Sunday’s game against Detroit was disappointing. Not because I predicted the Lions to win and they did, but disappointing that Tampa Bay wasn’t able to put up much of a fight. The 27-20 Lions victory was not as close as the score would indicate. Tampa was bullied up front and quarterback Matthew Stafford was […]

Posted in General News

Zuttah replaces Larsen at left guard

by Erik Sabol on September 16, 2011

Raheem Morris announced that Jeremy Zuttah has cracked the starting lineup for Sunday’s game.  It’ll mark the fourth time in four seasons that Zuttah’s been called upon to either fill in for an injured teammate or pick up the slack for an under-performer. The move sends second-year left guard Ted Larsen to the bench in […]

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Bucs Rank 4th In Stats, Inc. “Protection index”

by Roland Johnson on September 16, 2011

While pursuing the internet this morning. I came across an interesting cumulative measure of an offensive line’s ability to protect the passer called “Protection Index”. The index, which uses a proprietary formula, was created by sports information leader STATS to provide a composite gauge for an offensive line’s ability to protect the quarterback. The fundamentals […]

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Personnel Groupings: Week 1

by Roland Johnson on September 16, 2011

After an atrocious offensive game plan against the Detroit Lions, in which offensive coordinator Greg Olson used just four different personnel groupings on offense. Here is the breakdown of the personnel groupings used on the 64 plays run by the Bucs offense. 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE & 3 WR) 52 (5 runs, 2 […]

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Brian Price to start Sunday at Vikings

by Erik Sabol on September 15, 2011

Says head coach Raheem Morris: “We’ll still use our normal rotation because I want to keep those guys fresh, and I want those guys to have the ability to be strong and be tough and fight as a unit. But [Price has] certainly earned the ability to go out there and play first.” Rick Stroud […]

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Quick Look: Bucs @ Vikings

by Roland Johnson on September 15, 2011

BUCCANEERS: Aim for 5th consecutive win vs. Vikings…In 5 career starts indoors, QB Josh Freeman has completed 91 of 133 (68.4 pct.) for 1,243 yards with 7 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 103.1 rating. In career, when Freeman starts & has 100+ rating, Bucs are 7-1. Since start of 2009, Freeman is 1 of 4 […]

Initially, I set out to catalog the five hardest hitters in the history of the franchise — something I still might pursue later in the season.  But thanks to John Lynch, the prompt lacked surprise; he was the only eligible candidate for the list’s premier entry, setting standards that no other Buccaneer has come close […]

Posted in Power Rankings

Buc Central’s POW-R’-ANKINGS: 2011 Week 1

by Staff Report on September 14, 2011

Buc Central’s POW-R’-ANKINGS; The power rankings are the product of a simple mathematical formula, using points for and points against. The rankings have predicted 10 of the last 21 Super Bowl winners. Further, 15 of the last 21 Super Bowl winners finished the regular season No. 1 or No. 2 in the POW-R’-ANKINGS system. Unlike […]