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Bucs Mid-Week Update

After having four days to think about the loss, I think using backs near the goal line with the game on the line and failing could be a blessing.

They will probably put the ball in Cool Josh Freeman’s hands if this late-game situation arises again.

Center Jeff Faine and tackle Jeremy Trueblood are mending but they may stick with the same group for the third consecutive week.

With the Panthers’ O-line looking beatable last week against the Super Bowl Champs, maybe the Bucs can add to their terrible six sack total. 1st round pick Gerald McCoy has none to go with his 11 pressures.

Scout Ken Ilchuck compares McCoy to Detroit breakout star Ndamukong Suh.

The Panthers are surprisingly bad this year.  This week’s starter Jimmy Clausen is completing less than 50% of his passes. They have just 88 points. That’s 42 fewer than the next worst team, NFC West division leader Seattle Seahawks. They’ve had multiple touchdown passes in just one game. Quarterbacks have been sacked 25 times. The 2009 team, albeit without starting a rookie QB at all, was sacked 33 times.  Their yards per carry is down from 4.8 to 3.6, though they are only allowing a 3.8 average. Steve Smith is hurting from the passing game being down. He missed some of one of the games that he gets credit for playing in, but if he finishes this season with these yards-per-game and yards-per-catch numbers, they will be the second worst (11.8 yards per catch) and worst (45.4 yards a game) since he became a starting receiver.

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