Loveable losers, no more! Bucs win! The Bucs snapped an eleven game losing streak dating back to the 2008 season. It was a game a first. Creamsicle uniforms for the first time in 13-years, Josh Freeman made his first start, threw his first touchdown passes, Elbert Mack had his first NFL interception, Michael Bennett and Tim Crowder each recorded their first sacks as Buccaneers, Sammie Stroughter caught his first NFL touchdown. Connor Barth kicked his first field goal as a Buc and Raheem Morris got his first win.
Josh Freeman – Freeman showed promise in his first start throwing three touchdown passes and consistently pushing the football down the field. A solid performance from a player who had varying results in the pre-season.
Bucs Secondary – Three interceptions one a piece for Aqib Talib, Elbert Mack and of course one by Tanard Jackson returned for a touchdown in the waning moments to seal the deal. The secondary held Rodgers to 49% on 17-of-35 for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
Defensive line – Often beleaguered for the lack of pressure applied this season the front four registered 6 sacks. Spearheaded by Greg “Stylez G” White with 1.5 sacks, Tim Crowder, Ryan Sims, Roy Miller, and Michael Bennett each recorded a sack a piece, while Chris Hovan recorded half a sack.
Run Defense – Even though the defensive line brought pressure, the front seven allowed 170 rushing yards on 32 carries for 5.31 yards per carry and 2 touchdowns. Sloppy tackling and missed run fits still plagues the defense.
Play Calling – The lack of a ground game is worrisome to say the least, but blame must be placed at the door step of offensive coordinator Greg Olson, never seemingly out of the game it curious that there were only 21 running plays called to 34 pass plays.
Run Blocking – Since the first game of the season the team has had a heck of a time trying to establish the downhill attack that was preached about. Where’s the conviction to the ground? It’s a mental mind set when it comes to running the football and the Bucs just don’t have it.