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The Buccaneers picked up right where they left off last week where they had a sloppy game against the now 0-5 Colts. The Niners jumped out to a 7-0 lead that, after two Josh Freeman interceptions, blew up to a 21-3 lead and eventually a 24-3 lead.
Slipper slope anyone?
The Bucs have the excuse that their D-Line is struggling die to the loss of Gerald McCoy in the first quarter. McCoy went down on a run play that saw him get his legs pinned behind him. It is being called an ankle injury and his return is questionable at best.
Josh Freeman is having his first truly awful game of the year and the Buccaneers are paying for it dearly. Freeman has two interceptions, the first of which was returned by Carlos Rogers for a touchdown.
Another resulted in a touchdown which made it 21-3.
Freeman has completed just under half of his passes and has not led the Bucs past mid-field more than once.
LaGarette Blount has struggled as a result of the passing game failing. However, he has managed 34 yards int he first half which is not a bad number given the low totals that were predicted before the game.
Arrelious Benn has had a good game totaling almost 50 yards and the defense, despite allowing 24 points (but really just 17) have a fumble recovery to add to the positive column.
Other than that it has been an absolute implosion by the Buccaneers. There isn’t too much to say about the Bucs first half other than it shouldn’t have ever happened. At least not to a team that is serious about a deep playoff run.
The Bucs haven’t trailed by more than 17 and comeback to win this year. They were down 17-0 Week 2 against the Vikings but managed to stifile the Vikes defense and stop Adrian Peterson from breaking loose.
The Niners are not the Vikings in terms of defense, that’s giving them too much credit. Also, Gore is far from Peterson and is easily stoppable.
The Bucs need to calm down and stop trying to make big plays happen. That has resulted in 3-and-outs and points for the 49ers. McCoy being out is a bad break, but not an excuse. The defense needs to get it together and even more so the offense needs to do this. It has been a complete and utter failure in the first half and the Bucs have a tall task in front of them in terms of a comeback.
This has been The Pewter Plank Halftime Report. Check back after the game for the Postgame Report and tune in tomorrow for the Pewter Plank Recap featuring Patrik Nohe.