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Halftime Report: Bucs Beating Themselves Against Rams


Buccaneers 6, Rams 14 — HALFTIME

The past two weeks for the Bucs have been brutal to watch, and the downward spiral is continuing this week against the Rams. It’s not a blowout, but it’s yet another game this season that the Buccaneers should be winning in and they’re not.

Josh Freeman isn’t doing himself any favors with under 100 yards of passing and two interceptions already today. Freeman’s first pick was an under-thrown ball to Mike Williams that was intercepted by Janoris Jenkins and promptly returned for a touchdown. Other than the defensive touchdown by St. Louis, there has been little more going on in terms of scoring.

Connor Barth’s leg is again keeping the Bucs close and accounts for all of their points at the half.

Things didn’t start out all that bad. The Bucs marched down the field and chewed off almost 10 minutes off the clock to start the game, and the defense came out on the first possession with force. On the first two offensive plays for the Rams, giants hits were delivered by Adam Hayward and Leonard Johnson respectively.

Johnson’s laser shot on Danny Amendola actually forced a fumble that the Buccaneers initially recovered but proceeded to lose in the scramble.

But after that the secondary just imploded and allowed the Rams to march down the field. While they forced a Sam Bradford interception, they’ve been on a downward trajectory after that.

This isn’t the Bucs performance we wanted to see, but it could be a lot worse than it is. This team is worn out and it’s starting to show. They know they’re not playing for anything so that will isn’t there to win the way they did earlier this year. Hopefully they snap out of that during the half, but if not we could slide into the offseason with a bitter taste in our mouths.

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