Lightning struck Sunday afternoon, both on the field and in the immediate surroundings of Raymond James Stadium, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers trail 10-7 against the New Orleans Saints
The game was delayed for an hour and nine minutes in the first quarter due to lightning in the surrounding area after a New Orleans field goal gave them a 3-0 lead at the 10:30 mark.
But once the game resumed, lightning continued to strike, but not in a good way for the Bucs as they racked up three personal foul penalties for blows to the head.
Dashon Goldson picked up where he left off last week against the Jets with his reckless hitting, but the most devastating hit came from Ahmad Black as he smashed Jimmy Graham, who was classified as defenseless receiver, with a huge hit that eventually led the Bucs to stopping the Saints with an impressive goal line stand.
Graham has tormented the Bucs all day as he has racked up a career high 156 receiving yards on eight catches with a touchdown in the first half alone.
The Bucs offense has shown sparks of life as Doug Martin has shown glimpses of play the Bucs expect from their second year starter, large in part due to the return of fullback Erik Lorig. He has 47 yards on 10 carries.
Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, who may or may have ask for a trade before next months trade deadline according to reports, is 5 for 11 for 31 yards with a touchdown. He hit Kevin Ogletree for a five yard touchdown after Mason Foster had picked off Saints quarterback Drew Brees in Tampa Bay territory.
Gerald McCoy has been dominant on the d-line for the Bucs, but he has battled injuries all half, as he has twice left the game to receive treatment, although he returned to the game on each occasion.
Darrelle Revis has been everything as advertised for the Bucs, with one pass breakup, and three tackles. More importantly, Revis hasn’t allowed any completions to come his way, while Mark Barron has been all over the field for the Bucs with nine tackles, one for a loss, and a nice tip to break up a pass.