Texans 16, Bucs 3
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The Buccaneers have looked terrible. There is absolutely no way to segue into that analysis of the Bucs first half performance. They can’t tackle, they can’t run, they can’t pass they can’t block, they can’t avoid getting penalties and they can’t score.
Josh Freeman has progressively gotten worse at getting out of the gate and in turn that hampers the whole team. The defense has been getting gashed left and right with both Houston Texans touchdowns came on single plays of 75-plus yards.
The first was a huge 80-yard pass from Matt Schaub to Jacoby Jones. The second was an Arian Foster 78 yard catch and run which saw both Aqib Talib and Sean Jones blow tackles. The play should have gone for maybe fifteen at the maximum but instead, like so many time this season for the Bucs, cookie dough soft tackling resulted in a huge play for the opponent.
Josh Freeman as 128 yards and no touchdowns heading into halftime and those are stats that are getting really old. It seems Freeman always goes into halftime with either one or no touchdowns and for as much as he is touted he should have more. The bright side is he has no interceptions but even without one the Bucs are still losing pretty bad.
LeGarrette Blount has 14 yards and is being out-rushed by Josh Freeman. That right there sums up the Bucs first half performance.
Tampa has looked very bad but they aren’t out of it yet. But it’s not looking pretty. For anout the thousandth time this year Connor Barth scores the Bucs fisrt points of the game and Tampa now has a 13 point hole to dig out of.
It’s not an impossible task as two touchdowns put you back in the lead but that’s the issue: the Bucs can’t score a touchdown.
Tampa did take a shot on a 4th and 2 inside the Texans 15 but it failed. That’s been the case in a lot of things for the Bucs today, taking chances but having it fail because a tough Texans defense sniffs it out. The Bucs need to turn thigns around but it’s looking more and more like this team is moving in reverse. Josh Freeman is the comeback kid but that swagger has worn off in the last few weeks.
But that doesn’t mean if Freeman gets it together that we can all remember why we call him the Comeback Kid.