The Bucs season got under way in a big way. After having an atrocious season last year, one rife with accuracy issues, Josh Freeman came out and went 7-for-7 the Bucs opening drive of the game, ending it with a touchdown strike to none other than Mike Williams.
The Freeman-Williams connection never flourished last year, but in under two minutes the duo met again and for the first time in 2012. Freeman’s second drive wasn’t as spectacular but it ended in something a lot of 2011 drives didn’t: points.
Rookie running back Doug Martin was used extensively on the first drive of the game and already has 25 yards on just seven carries and has caught a pass to boot. Martin wasn’t so much utilized on the Bucs second drive but it’s clear he’s going to be a monster in this offense once it picks up even more.
Worth noting as well is the play of the defense thus far. They’ve forced two three-and-outs for Cam Newton and the Panthers, and have kept the Panthers off the board and Newton largely off the field. Last year Newton clowned with the defense, making swiss cheese of the schemes and running wild on the Bucs.
This year not so much, and if that’s any indication of how the season is going to go as whole, Bucs fans are going to be very pleased.