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Freeman Intercepted Three Times, Buccaneers Squashed By Jets 26-3

Josh Freeman

It can be easily said and assumed that during the New York Jets-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game on Sunday, offense would come at a premium as the Jets and Buccaneers combined for a total of 434 yards of total offense, which is, for a better choice of words, totally offensive. Nonetheless, the Jets did a good job of managing the game clock while their defense made Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman’s life a living hell as they interecepted three of his pass attempts. The end result of this train wreck was New York embarrassing Tampa Bay 26-3 at Raymond James Stadium in front of 62,731 masochistic fans.

Despite the aforementioned lack of offense from both sides, especially from Tampa Bay, it was the field generalship of Jets QB Kellen Clemens in the first quarter that would, for all intents and purposes, dictate the outcome of the game; the Jets went on a brief 4-play, 9 yard drive and a 14-play, 58-yard drive which culminated in a pair of Jay Feely field goals (40 and 24 yards, respectively), giving New York a 6-0 lead with 4:47 left in the first quarter. The second quarter was also all New York as another pair of FG’s by Feely (both 49 yards) sandwiched a 33-yard Thomas Jones touchdown run, putting the Jets up 19-0 with 11 seconds left.

The Buccaneers finally got on the scoreboard, courtesy of a 43-yard Connor Barth FG, narrowing their deficit to 19-3 with 4:45 left in the third quarter but Jones would seal the win for the Jets with a 7-yard TD run with 9:07 remaining in the game. With the win, New York remains alive in the AFC wild-card chase.

As previously mentioned, the QB’s were mediocre at best (and that’s being generous) as Clemens went 12-of-23 for 111 yards while Freeman went 14-of-33 for 93 yards with 3 interceptions and was the Bucs’ leading rusher with 21 yards. Jones led all Jets rushers with 99 yards on 21 carries and two scores while Carnell Williams added 14 yards for Tampa Bay. Braylon Edwards led New York with 3 receptions for 37 yards while Danny Woodhead caught 3 for 35 yards; Kellen Winslow led the Bucs receivers with 4 receptions for 26 yards while Antonio Bryant caught 2 for 22 yards.

New York (7-6) plays again next Sunday when they host the Atlanta Falcons while Tampa Bay (1-12) makes the long flight to Seattle to face the Seahawks – also next Sunday.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. BuccsFan85

    December 16, 2009 at 6:21 am

    I’ve follwed the Buccs for many years now but I am starting to loose my patience! How can we go from Division winners to potentiall the worst team in the NFL?!

  2. Brownlee

    December 16, 2009 at 6:27 am

    BuccsFan, what did you expect? Firing Gruden over the summer break and cutting most of our veteran players, this was bound to happen. Morrs is a rookie coach and is working on building a team for the future.

  3. BuccsFan85

    December 16, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Are you kidding? Gruden had to go, all we needed was one win from our last 5 games last season to make it to the post season and did we make it…NO!

  4. FreemanFan

    December 16, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Quit your whining, drafting Freeman in the first round was a statement by Morris and the entire franchise that Tampa is building for the future. I can’t expect our situation to improove next season but give it time.

  5. Brownlee

    December 16, 2009 at 6:41 am

    I agree fully with you, Morris is a rookie coach so we need to give him time. Lets look at the positives eh? Least we’re not going 0-16 like the Lions any time soon 😛

  6. FreemanFan

    December 16, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Haha now that would be embarrassing

  7. Skillz

    December 16, 2009 at 6:49 am

    This team definatly has some potential for the future. Freeman has shown his potential with a couple of big TD throws and has put up some impressive numbers considering the team he is currently with. It’s going to be interesting come draft time…

  8. Brownlee

    December 16, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Who do guys think we should draft next year? Obviously are needs at QB are sorted!

  9. BuccsFan85

    December 16, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Mentioning the Lions in the same discussion as the Buccs shows just how much we suck this year, as for the draft I couldn’t care less, anyone we bring in is surely better than anyone we have at the moment.

  10. FreemanFan

    December 16, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Personally I’d love to see us draft a good RB in the Draft 😀

  11. Brownlee

    December 16, 2009 at 6:54 am

    Really? Cadalac is doing a job for us though! We need to address our receiver situation urgently! Josh needs some support!

  12. TaylorM

    December 16, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Freeman hasn’t been sacked to much since he’s started so our offensive line seems to be fine! I wouldn’t mind seeing some new receivers myself :]

  13. FreemanFan

    December 16, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Freeman could only throw 98 yards in the Jets game, this surely shows much firepower we need in a WR posistion!

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