Buccaneers 10, Packers 21
Nobody was counting on the Bucs to stay in this game or even be in the game at all and as we hit the halfway mark in the game, they fond themselves in a two possession game with the best team in the NFL.
Josh Freeman is channeling the Josh Freeman of old throwing for 132 yards but has no mistakes that have buried the Bucs at this point. He has a lone interception that killed a closing half drive but it resulted in no point for the Packers so it’s a forgivable mistake.
But that’s it, the Bucs haven’t had any boneheaded, drive killing mistakes other then the one interception and that’s a huge a reason why they’re in this game. LeGarrette Blount made the season highlight reel and a Top 10 SportsCenter play with is rumbling and stumbling 54 yard touchdown run in which he carried half the Packers defense with him.
That sparked the Bucs and they’ve managed to keep Rodgers in check for the most part. He does have two touchdowns already but no one was expected the Bucs to stop him from doing that. Rodgers only has 32 more yards then Freeman in the first half which speaks volumes about this defense and about Freeman thus far today.
The halftime pick wasn’t too much on Freeman, and more so on Mike Williams who lagged on the slant. Freeman needs to come out composed and focused because like no one thought, the Bucs are very much in this game.
The defense needs to hang in there too and step it up. They’ve held Rodgers under 200 yards passing but it’s a game of two halves. They’ve also allowed 21 points at this point and that bleeding needs to stop. It seems every time the Packers have the ball you can assume they’ll score. But that mindset leads to aggressive football; you know the kind that forces turnovers and scores points (and attempts surprise onside kicks).
The Bucs are very much in this game and they need to not let up. They are waiting for the Packers to slip up and the fact that the Bucs are that close in this game is great. We’re finally getting the sunny side of this ugly Bucs team. But it’s only halftime and the problem this team has had is thinking they’ve won something when they’re only halfway there.