For anyone not familiar with the site, Whatifsports.com, this highly-innovative site will simulate any game you desire. If you wanted to see how the ‘92 Bucs would do against the Bucs of today, then you could enter the information into the site, and in a matter of seconds, a full box score of the game would pop up. Instead of wasting this tool on matchups of yesterday, I decided to utilize this tool to predict how the Bucs will fare in the 2010 season. Without further ado, let’s take a look at how their Week One meeting with the Cleveland Brown will “theoretically” turn out.
Final Score: Tampa 24 – Cleveland 17
Take a look at that! According to his online simulator, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be starting the season out 1-0. So how did Josh Freeman do against the Cleveland defense? On the day, Freeman went 19-for-28 for 196 yards and two touchdowns en route to being named the player of the game. He even added 11 rushing yards on two attempts.
As for the receivers, Reggie Brown led the way with 62 yards on five receptions, and scored on a 22 yard pass in the fourth quarter. Rookie wideout Mike Williams scored the game’s first touchdown on a 10 yard pass from Freeman.
The rushing attack was led by Derrick Ward’s 53 yards on 10 attempts, while Cadillac Williams chipped in 35 yards on 13 attempts. However, the lone touchdown on the ground came from the legs of Clifton Smith from the one yard line.
Defensively, the Bucs only allowed 179 passing yards from Jake Delhomme, and forced one interception, coming in the form of a Quincy Black pick. E.J. Biggers led the way with four tackles, while Elbert Mack and Sean Jones each had two tackles a piece. Rookies Brian Price, Myron Lewis, and Cody Grimm each had just one tackle.
Kicker Connor Barth hit a 27 yard field goal in the fourth quarter in what ended up being a huge opening week win for the Buccaneers.
Stay tuned for the Week Two matchup against division rival Carolina.