Buccs Dominate 2nd Half, Down Hawks 24-7

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Tampa Bay’s Defense forced 5 turnovers and dominated an ugly game to top the Hawks 24-7. The first half was one of the sloppiest I can recall seeing in a long time. Like, maybe a week or so.

Freeman opened up with a pick (AGAIN!) and Bucc RB’s were failing to move the ball in the first half. When they did however,  flags were being thrown. And you guessed it right, Jeremy Trueblood started it all off with a false start. His fellow mates (Zuttah and Joseph) also joined in with holding calls.

Hasselbeck turned the ball over twice in the 1st half but the offense still moved the ball 243 yards. But could only hang up 7 points as they went to the break.

Justin Forsett and Julius Jones moved the ball well for Seattle. They seemed to have abandoned Forsett in the second half when he was having a strong game. Forsett ripped a 35 yard run early in the first and the Seahawks took the same approach that the Buccs take when it came to their RB’s and decided to give them each “drives” to display there work.

Therefore destroying any momentum Forsett had created. Seattle was their own worst enemy.

They trusted their veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck in the long run and it did not pay off as he turned the ball over 5 times (4 INT, 1 FUM).

Jones wrapped up the day with 12 touches and 65 yards while Forsett carried 9 times for 55 yards.

Freeman’s confidence came back in the second half as he delivered 2 TD screen passes to RB’s Cadillac Williams and Derrick Ward. Wards TD came off a screen pass that had been called inside the 10 yard line on 3rd and goal. I have never seen that before… Olson saw something and it worked beautifully. Olson’s gameplan was patchwork, but he made great adjustments in the second half and it showed as the Buccs scored 21 unanswered points.

About time.

Freeman posted 205 yards and found his favorite target, Kellen Winslow all day. Winslow caught 6 passes from Freeman for 93 yards on the day.

Sammie Stroughter was also a bright spot on the day for the Buccs. The 7th round draft pick grabbed 4 balls for 46 yards, 2 of them on 3rd and long and converting them for 1st downs for the Buccs in the 3rd Quarter.

Catch the highlights HERE.

MY PREDICTION : SEAHAWKS 27 BUCCS 19

ACTUAL : BUCCS 24 SEAHAWKS 7

I couldn’t be more happy to be wrong about this game. Although if the Seahawks did what they should have done they may have very well beaten the Buccs. But the Hawks abandoned their solid running game and put it in the hands of Hasselbeck. Not necessarily a bad idea, but it didn’t work out for the Hawks. The 34 year old looked terrible today and the franchise has to be worried as to where they’re headed.

Mike Holmgren left an offer on the table with the Seahawks earlier today refusing the job. The 5-9 Hawks travel to Green Bay next week to take on a Packer team that just lost a heartbreaker to the Pittsburgh Steelers, with Mike Wallace catching a TD pass to tie the game 36-36 with no ticks left on the clock. Pittsburgh K Jeff Reed sealed the game converting the extra point.

The 2-12 Buccs take on the defeated 13-1 Saints next week in Nawlins.

Nawlins is coming off a loss to Dallas on Thursday night. A game where the Cowboys seemed to have their way with the saints defense. Great playcalling and QB play from Romo and Garrett. The Buccs finally displayed some of that today, let’s hope they see on tape what the ‘boys saw.

Raheem Morris has played 3 back-up QB’s since he took over the defense. Hasselbeck was his first proven starter and the Buccs played great defense creating 5 turnovers.

It’s good to see this team make some progress. Even if it means dropping in the draft. Gerald McCoy would be a nice fit too Buccs fans. Don’t worry.


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