The Buccaneers picked up their 2nd victory of the season yesterday, spanking the Seattle Seahawks, on the road no less, 24-7.
The game started in a way that was eerily reminiscent to our last few games, with Josh Freeman throwing an INT on his first pass of the game, a ball he sailed way over a receivers head while making the throw planted on his feet. It felt like this game was going to progress like most of this season with the Bucs not running the ball enough, and Freeman throwing the ball too much, most of the time without much accuracy. On our 2nd possession, a sure fire pick was dropped on 3rd down. After that, young Freeman seemed to regain his composure and calm down. It resulted in a 16 for 26 day for 205 yards and 2 TD’s.
For the first time that I can remember all season, the Bucs ran the ball with the RB’s more than 30 times. Lo and behold, the Bucs win a game, who would have thunk it. Derrick Ward carried the ball 19 times for 67 yards and Cadillac Williams ran the ball 12 times for 66 yards.
The Bucs won the game because of their constant pounding of the ball on the weak Seattle front line, and the god awful play of Matt Hasselbeck. Matt was 27 of 46 for 256 yards with 1 TD and 4 INT’s. Elbert Mack contributed two of the picks, Tanard Jackson (who was all over the field) had 1 and Geno Hayes had the other. I’m not really sure why the Seahawks abandoned the run, becuase when they ran the ball, we couldn’t stop them. They averaged 5.71 ypc, but in a Raheem like manor, they decided that running the ball for over 5 ypc was not worth continuing the trend. They threw the ball more than 2 times more than they ran it, and that coupled with our own running game is what truly gave us our 2nd win.
The Bucs did some things that they have really been struggling with lately quite well in this game. I mentioned the running already, they were 7 for 16 on third downs, we made field goals, and we out possessed the Seahawks by over 5 minutes.
I’d love to be overly excited about the win, but I’m just not. I have to see more progression in the final 2 weeks of the year before I would call any of this a glimmer of hope.