The last few weeks have been a total wreck for diehard Bucs fans. Before our game vs the Panthers, we had a decent shot at the number one seed in the NFC. Three ass kickings later, we are fighting to make the playoffs next week.
We no longer control our own destiny after yesterday’s drubbing at home by the Chargers. We must beat the Raiders at home, and the Eagles must beat the Cowboys at home, for us to be able to crawl in (like a dog that just got hit by a car that slowly crawls back to his front door) to the playoffs.
To be able to properly express my feelings right now, I would need a punching bag, some tape, and a few hours. I know you can’t see that, but just imagine it; dejected, downtrodden, broken.
Some thoughts from the event yesterday that some called a football game….
- Jeff Garcia, I can not wait until you are not our QB next year. This will be a glorious day in my life. Just as I wasn’t able to express before how upset I am right now, I can’t really express my jubiliation at the end of the Jeff Garcia era in Tampa. 21 of 32 for 224 and 1 TD to go along with two ill-time INT’s this week. He looked liked the version of Jeff Garcia that makes me want to stab myself in the eye with the oldest, most rusty screwdriver I can find in my garage. Check downs were the main target. The few bombs that he tried to throw (one of which would have changed the course of the game) were long. Most of the balls over the 10 yard mark were behind guys. Horrible. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
- After a couple early drops, Antonio Bryant had a solid game. He could have had about 120 more yards if Jeff wasn’t 4 yards long on two go routes. Bryant finished the day with 6 catches for 127 yards and a TD.
- It seemed like the Chargers started every drive at about the 50. If it wasn’t a shitty punt after a shitty drive, it was a nice return by Darren Sproles.
- Nate Kaeding is the man. 57 yard field goal to end the first half, after a good runback by Sproles and unwatchable defense. 28 seconds it took to get in field goal range and tack on 3 more points.
- Phillip Buchanon, you got abused all day. Enough said.
- Phillip Rivers was carving us up like a Christmas ham with Bobby Flay at the helm. He finished some a gaudy 21/31 for 287 yards and 4 TD’s. The SD receivers (Antonio Gates, Vincent Jackson, Chris Chambers) will pose quite a threat for teams in the playoffs if they can get in with a win vs Denver next week.