The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won again on Sunday to advance to 6-3 on the season and further improve their playoff aspirations. The Bucs took another step towards proving their legitimacy in the NFC by defeating a team they needed to beat, and taking care of their business.
These are the oftentimes the most challenging games for a young team, the Buccaneers came into this game the clear cut favorites and the better of the two teams at Raymond James stadium, and they handled their business like a team that deserved the distinction, winning 31-16.
Tampa Bay had its way in the air, on the ground and even defensively today, they were able to win in every phase of the game. Josh Freeman was 18 of 24 for 241 yards and two touchdowns. LeGarrette Blount had 19 carries for 91 yards and even Cadillac Williams looked explosive once again, rushing for a 45 yard touchdown on his way to the best rushing day of the season.
Nobody played a better game than Kellen Winslow though, who showed his true caliber by the end of the day. Winslow had six receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown, but nothing came easily. He had arguably the most impressive reception of the Bucs’ season when he came down with a touchdown between double coverage at the end of the second quarter.
This was a game the Buccaneers needed to win, but more importantly they were supposed to win. And they handled their business. The Bucs just picked up a divisional win, moved to 6-3 and a showed even more potential on the young season. There isn’t too much to complain about right now. We’ll be back with a full analysis of the game tonight and tomorrow but thanks for coming to The Pewter Plank and Go Bucs!