From the monthly archives:

October 2011

Posted in Good Bad & The Ugly,Opinion

The Good, Bad, & Ugly – Bucs vs. Bears

by Erik Sabol on October 25, 2011

It’s getting ridiculous.  All of it.  The interceptions, the dropped passes, the offensive predictability… One week, the Buccaneers need a 17-point comeback to overtake the 1-6 Vikings; the next, they’re smashing the Saints and breaking Sean Payton’s legs. They have no identity.  The team exists somewhere in between the 48-3 West Coast beatdown and the […]

Posted in General News

Quick Look: Bucs vs. Bears

by Staff Report on October 19, 2011

BEARS: Play at Wembley for 1st time since American Bowl on 8/3/86. Head coach Lovie Smith was LB coach for TB from 1996-2000…QB Jay Culter won only career start vs. TB (10/5/08 w/ Den.). In career (incl. playoffs), when he has 100+ rating, his teams are 24-0…RB Matt Forte leads NFL with 908 scrimmage yards […]

Posted in Good Bad & The Ugly,Opinion

The Good, Bad, & Ugly – Saints @ Bucs

by Erik Sabol on October 17, 2011

What a difference a week makes.  Seven days after the worst loss in team history, the Buccaneers defended Raymond James Stadium against the surging Saints.  They sent the fleur-de-lis back to New Orleans with a division loss and a maimed coach, earning the first quality win of the Raheem Morris era. THE GOOD Welcome back, […]

The Buccaneers set a new standard for losing last Sunday, tying the franchise record for largest margin of defeat.  It was a soul-shattering loss for the young Bucs, a confidence shaking defeat at the hands of a team who had no business delivering it — a loss so thoroughly devastating, it threatens to derail the […]

Posted in Good Bad & The Ugly

“The Ugly, Ugly, & Ugly” – Bucs @ 49ers

by Erik Sabol on October 9, 2011

The Ugly Oh boy.  The foundation is cracking.  The sky is falling.  The walls are closing in.  The Buccaneers weren’t as good as their 3-1 record (and the numbers showed as much), but surely they’re not this bad.  This soft.  This slow.  This inept. Not bad enough to lose 48-3?  Are they? It’ll go down […]

Posted in Game Previews

Game Preview: Week 5 Bucs @ 49ers

by Roland Johnson on October 9, 2011

The Buccaneers have won four of the last seven meetings in the series, including a 31-6 playoff victory in Tampa following the 2002 season. San Francisco holds a big advantage in the all-time series, winning 15 of the 19 regular season meetings. Tampa Bay’s first road win was a 24-23 victory at Candlestick Park in […]

Posted in Power Rankings

Buc Central’s POW-R’-ANKINGS: 2011 Week 4

by Roland Johnson on October 7, 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 […]

Posted in General News

Quick Look: Bucs @ 49ers

by Roland Johnson on October 7, 2011

BUCCANEERS: QB Josh Freeman has won 5 of past 6 starts. He won his only start vs. the 49ers, passing for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 117.9 rating. In career, when Freeman starts & has 100+ rating, Bucs are 7-1. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD…RB LeGarrette Blount had 25 carries for […]

Posted in NFL Stats,Opinion

Fantasy Football 1st Quarter Awards

by James LoPresti on October 6, 2011

The line-up is set. You’ve spent days tweaking the roster, researching every fantasy football site on the Internet. You’ve acquainted yourself with the depth chart of every NFL roster. Sunday morning, you don’t bother with chores around the house; you tackle the waiver wire hoping to strike fantasy gold. And, when all the games are […]

Posted in Opinion

“Filthy Five” – 5 Best Rookie Seasons in Bucs History

by Erik Sabol on October 5, 2011

Rookies thrive in Tampa Bay.  But the unfortunate reality is, sometimes sophomores don’t. For years, Buc fans have been taunted with lustrous rookie campaigns — David Greenwood‘s 1985, Errict Rhett‘s 1994, Arron Sears‘s 2007 — only to watch promising careers dissolve in the following seasons, be it by injury, apathy, or general misfortune. Here are the […]

Eight years is a long time between victories on Monday night, and even though Hank Williams and his rowdy friends couldn’t make the trip, it was as memorable a victory as Tampa’s had in a long while.  Sold out stadium, prime time football, and some unfinished business from early 2003. The Good It’s wasn’t pretty, […]

Posted in Game Previews

Game Preview: Week 4 Bucs vs. Colts

by Roland Johnson on October 2, 2011

Indianapolis leads the all-time series, 7-4, and the series is tied 3-3 over the past six meetings. That stretch has included Buccaneer wins in 1991 and 1994 in Tampa, and a 31-28 victory in 1997 in Indianapolis. Tampa Bay and Indianapolis face each other for the first time since 2007, when the Colts defeated the […]

The 1970s and 80s Buccaneer teams were defined by futility.  Defenders couldn’t tackle, receivers couldn’t catch, and quarterbacks — regardless of who John McKay deployed under center — struggled miserably against the opposition.  It was an era of legendary inability in Tampa, best conveyed through the comedy of passers that McKay, Leeman Bennett, Ray Perkins, […]

Posted in General News

Quick Look: Bucs vs. Colts

by Roland Johnson on October 1, 2011

COLTS:  Club has won 9 of past 10 games on Monday Night Football…Colts are 6-2 vs. NFC under head coach Jim Caldwell…QB Kerry Collins (40,922) needs 78 passing yards to become 10th player in NFL history to reach 41,000. Since ’08, is 5-0 as starter vs. NFC…RB Joseph Addai gained season-best 86 rushing yards last […]

Posted in Power Rankings

Buc Central’s POW-R’-ANKINGS: 2011 Week 3

by Roland Johnson on October 1, 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 […]