HALFTIME — Jaguars 28, Buccaneers 14
The Buccaneers are coming into this game 3 point favorites — the first time all year they’ve been road favorites. But although they lived up to the hype of a favorite at first, they’re not letting their reputation as just an awful football team go to waste.
There have been positives, especially in the form of LeGarrette Blount. The Bucs marched down the field and scored a touchdown on their opening drive for the first time all season long. The rhythm of the first drive was unusual because it actually worked and looked impressive.
The Bucs then added another touchdown in the form of a Josh Freeman run and just like that the Bucs were up 14-0.
But then they remembered how bad they really are and returned to real form. The Jaguars proceeded to score 21 unanswered points — 14 off of turnovers — and have actually looked like a great team.
Now when you make the Jacksonville Jaguars look like a good team, that’s all the evidence you need that you are not. Preston Parker fumbled a punt return which was brought back for a Jaguar score, followed by a massive 62 yard pass by Blaine Gabbert which set up a score and then the Jaguars recovered a Josh Freeman fumble in the end zone to make it a total of 21 first half points.
Besides the offensive drives that ended in touchdowns and the Ronde Barber interception, it’s been yet another underwhelming performance from a team that promised a playoff run this year. Josh Freeman continues to refuse to scramble and the question now becomes is that an order coming from the top or a judgement call?
One thing he is doing is forcing passes, one of which was intercepted which set up a last minute scoring drive for the Jaguars before halftime.
It’s been an ugly, ugly game for the Bucs with a plethora of mistakes and turnovers that have resulted in points for the Jaguars. Like so many times this year, the Buccaneers are making an absolutely terrible team look not so bad. Tampa has no one to blame for this debacle of a game except themselves. Sans the mistakes this is a 14-7 game.
But because they can’t make proper decisions and because they continue to make the same mistakes, they are going to drop to 4-9 if they can’t turn it around. And at this point, is that really the worst thing in the world?