If you’re anything like me, you were watching last nights game with the Patriots having flashbacks to not only last year, but the worst days of the Raheem era.
While the first team offense was on the field, the running game never found creases, the offensive line couldn’t seem to generate enough time for Freeman to get the ball out, and the rare times they did, Josh held on too long and took a sack anyway.
While the first team defense was out there, they couldn’t stop the pass, they couldn’t pressure the quarterback, and even when the Patriots would commit stupid penalties setting them back, Tom Brady and friends would still find a way to keep the chains moving.
Brady was nine for nine on his first drive. Josh Freeman was sacked three times and had two completions. Tell me that doesn’t scream London 2009. Of course that was the last game before Josh, but still.
I was in full fledged “oh my god” mode and my hands were coving my face more than they were picking up my drink to try and get through the disaster.
But this morning I realized, I need to calm down. We do this after every regular season game. And then tell ourselves it’s all going to be alright if we can just get the next one. Well, the same is true here, and on a much lesser scale, because last night didn’t count.
The Buccaneers first teamers got absolutely blown out. But for two drives. How many times last year did the Buccaneers put together a couple impressive series in a row only to lose the 60 minute battle? We can’t all overreact to this, even though that’s exactly what I was doing last night.
In the regular season every game matters, a lot. That’s not always the case in preseason. But for the Buccaneers, to make this one go away, they really need to make the next one count.