What’s going on in Tampa, because it look suspiciously a lot like a football team. Josh Freeman was on fire (and efficient yet again), Doug Martin put together a fine follow up to his monster game in Oakland and we even saw some life in the secondary. More importantly, the Buccaneers are now 5-4, putting them a game above .500 for the second time this year.
The future is without a doubt bright.
Tampa fell to an early deficit as the secondary got torched on an 80-yard touchdown pass and catch to Denario Alexander but on the very next drive Josh Freeman brought the team back and helped set the tone for the day. It wasn’t a blowout win until the second half but that’s all the Bucs can ask for at this point.
Mike Williams was on the receiving end of a few bombs and Dallas Clark got into the end zone, as did Tiquan Underwood. It was pretty much another all around amazing day on offense for the Bucs, who scored 30-plus point for the third consecutive week.
For an offense that couldn’t get anything going as recently as the first half of this season, the Bucs are now 4-1 in their las five games and in those four wins they’ve scored more than 30 points. Had the touchdown to Mike Williams at the end of the Saints game counted, and had the Bucs won in overtime, that would have marked a perfect 5-for-5 in terms of winning games in which the Bucs score more than 30 points.
So yeah, this offense is explosive. The defense…not so much.
The front line for the Bucs has been stout all year long despite being hobbled by a tough work load and injuries. But the secondary has been a mess and save for that Leonard Johnson pick-six, it was a bad day right from the start. It’s obvious to everyone that things need to change, but as long as the Bucs are winning games despite their secondary, people simply won’t care about it’s flawed nature as much as they should.
That’s because the long and short of it is the Bucs are winning, and are 5-4; very much in the thick of the Wild Card hunt. This offense was waiting to explode and it has been over the last five games. The Bucs are on fire, and if things continue like this on offense, this unit is only going to get more sharp, more intense and cut down more defenses than we could have ever hoped for.