Saints at Buccaneers: What Has Happened?

New Orleans Saints v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By: Joshua P. Mulvehill

They don’t even have their Head Coach…

Is it just me or does that seem like a big impact on a teams’ performance throughout a season of 16 games? Nope, not against Tampa Bay! We enjoy taking the lead, then once we feel uncomfortable having it, handing it right back…with a silver platter added!

(30 minutes later…after much anger and frustration has been expelled)

Ok, so it’s done and over with. We lost, again. We got beat by Drew Brees’ arm. And we didn’t even play that bad. It was a one touchdown game that basically came down to the defensive line not making one sack on Brees and our secondary getting beat more times than theirs. Freeman had a great game throwing for 420 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Not bad sir, not bad. At one point we were up two touchdowns. The stage was set for the underdog Buccaneers, at home, to make a dominant display of team-playing, beginning the long journey to a wild card bid for the playoffs. And frankly, I would be happy with that. Atlanta is playing great, Cam Newton and the Panthers can’t seem to pull a winning season together, and New Orleans doesn’t have a head coach (I will repeat that many more times!) It could have been different, though. Freeman nearly found Mike Williams for a late touchdown and an overtime that was sure to be exciting; however, an illegal touching call was made, thus ending our hopes to see the Bucs prevail after a horrendous second quarter.

So, once again, we were beat late, on third down plays where our defense apparently decided, “Hey, I don’t want to force them to punt…not today,” and the return of a bounty hunter, Jonathan Vilma (no offense to Vilma, but I call ‘em like I see ‘em). I just don’t understand it; the Bucs at home against a team that doesn’t have a head coach…I don’t like saying this, but, “Come on man!”

The question now, ‘where do we go from here?’

Two away games in the next two weeks will decide whether or not Tampa Bay will have a chance to make the playoffs. First Minnesota (5-2) and then the Raiders (2-4). Both will be tough games but they are only precursors to the following three games which include the San Diego Chargers, the Carolina Panthers, and the possibly still undefeated Atlanta Falcons. It’s a tough road for sure but we can rebound our season with a good defensive showing. Freeman is not the problem anymore, not at all.

Well, I am sorry for being harsh but I’m not sorry as well. As I have said before, I am a die-hard Tampa Bay fanatic. Not necessarily scream, yell, and fight anyone who talks negative of my team, no. But when we get beat by New Orleans who, you guessed it, doesn’t even have a head coach, yes I get a little frustrated. So please Greg, do something for the fans. Make something great happen for us. We devote our time to watch you and the Bucs win games…don’t let us down.


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