The Bucs fall behind early, rally late but fall a yard short in the end to the Falcons. In what resembled, the start of a heavyweight fight against a severally over matched opponent the Falcons landed a bevy of knockout blows early, that seemingly only staggered the young Bucs. In the end the Bucs formula for winning was exposed. In the second half Josh Freeman threw two costly interceptions, that negated drives at mid field and the defense failed to record a turnover.
Micheal Spurlock – Spurlock was the offensive catalyst against the Falcons. He averaged 52-yards per kickoff return and returned one for 89-yards and a score. Spurlock also had a huge catch on 3rd down inside he Bucs own one yard line on a go route that netted 43 yards. On the season he has 14 receptions for 205 yards and two scores. More importantly though. Is he uncanny ability to be clutch in critical situations. Spurlock has also averaged 27.5 yards per kick return and 7.3 yards per punt return. He has amassed five pass plays of 20 or more yards, two kick returns of 40 or more yards and one punt return of 20 or more yards.
Special Teams – The unit as a whole had a good showing, from downing a punt on the one yard line on a spectacular individual effort by Sabby Piscitelli as he tight roped the goal line. To the one side kick the was nearly flawless to the return game helping set up field position all game and breathing life into the offense.
Josh Freeman – It’s hard to put Freeman in the bad category this week, but when you stare down your intended receiver for one interception and throw an ill advised pass instead of taking a sack and living for another down while completing just 50% of your passes. It’s a safe bet to say you had a rough day at the office.
Running Game – After battering his way for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns last week the decision to only give Legarrette Blount one carry in the first half has to be questioned. Granted Blount did miss a blitz pickup that resulted in a sack. Blount ended the game with 13 carries for 46 yards.
Game Management – For what ever reason game management more specifically getting plays into Freeman from offensive coordinator Greg Olson was disastrous. One several occasions the offense had to burn timeouts that cost them late in the game. As far as the actual play calling from Olson and Morris it was adequate. But for what ever reason execution was lacking against the Falcons.