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Good, Bad & The Ugly: Rams

In a game that quickly turned in to a showcase of futility, for both the offense and defense during the first half for the Buccaneers, somehow they managed to keep the game close enough so that their half time adjustments allowed them to steal a victory in front of a less then sell out crowd at home in a trilling come from behind win.

Legarrette Blount – Blount gave the Bucs offense a spark on limited carries racking up 72 yards on 11 carries for a 6.55 yard per carry average. Blount showed good burst running through holes and a ferocious veracity, on first contact. Penalties really killed his coming out part though. As the Bucs offensive line was flagged three times on what would amount to be three runs that went for 63 yards. Imagine the stats sheet looking like this 14 carries for 135 yards for a 9.64 yards per carry. But either way the rookie had quite an impressive day.

Josh Freeman – Freeman who was harassed all game, with no supporting ground game in the first half continues to will his team to come from behind victories. Three of the four Bucs win this season have been with Freeman directing game winning drives in the fourth quarter.

Connor Barth – Barth who had hit the right upright niot once but twice against the Saints last week redeemed himself as he was the Bucs most consistent performer against the Rams connecting on four of four with a long of 53 yards.

Jeremy Trueblood – Trueblood had a rough day at the office surrendering two QB hits, one sack, one forced fumble and one costly penalty on a 46-yard Blount run for an illegal block above the waist

Davin Joseph – One would expect a player such as rookie Ted Larson to be flagged for false starts and holding and even miss some blocking assignments. But Joseph a Pro Bowl alternate a few years ago was being manhandled and had two false start penalties. Its quite apparent that after six games the Bucs might be forced to remake the right side of the offensive line in the off-season.

The Ugly
Penalties – 12 for 92 yards was the total for the game enough said.

Run defense – The Bucs run defense has been their Achilles heel since the final four games of the 2008 season 26 games later its still a glaring weakness. Entering the game against the Rams the team was allowing 157 yards on the ground. Against the Rams the Bucs allowed 161 on 32 carries. As previously mentioned here the Bucs defense for what ever reason seems to buckle down in the second half of games though as they only allowed the Rams 40 yards on 12 carries after half time a 3.33 yard average. Compare that to the 6 yard average the defense surrendered in the first half and it’s the tale of two halves syndrome rearing its ugly head.

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  • Chris October 28, 2010, 5:31 pm

    Great points. The Bucs are 4-2 and show a lot of potential. But there are some glaring weaknesses that if not addressed quickly will kill any momentum Tampa Bay has accumulated thus far.
    The secondary is holding up their end of the bargain with 10 interceptions, but where the heck is the pass rush? Five total sacks on the season ain’t going to cut it. And facing a rookie QB this week in Max Hall, who is also recovering from a concussion, would be the perfect time to step it up and force the Arizona passer to make quick decisions under pressure.
    Blount blasted his way into the Ram’s game and hopefully that effort will spark the Buc’s offense into providing a more balanced approach. As well as Josh Freeman is performing he cannot be expected to pull off a fourth quarter, come from behind, passing victory every game.
    On the same note, as you mentioned, the O-line needs help and fast. I’m not sure if there is a quick fix to be found but giving up so many penalties, sacks and QB hits will take its toll sooner rather than later.
    Let’s see if the Buccaneers run defense can do just enough to keep the pressure on Arizona QB Hall. No easy task for sure, but everyone is has to contribute if the Bucs want to live up to Morris’ claims of being the best in the NFL.

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