TRENDS: SLOW STARTS BY THE OFFENSE
GETTING TOO FAR BEHIND AND UNABLE TO CATCH UP
In week five against Patriots it took the Buccaneers offense a little while to get going as they went three and out on their first three drives, but then at the beginning of the second quarter they went on an eleven play drive that went 68 yards and ended up in a one yard touchdown run by Doug Martin giving them a seven to three lead. Then after that they ran twenty plays on six drives (3.3 plays/drive) which ended in three punts and three missed field goals and brought them all the way to 4:30 left in the fourth quarter, and luckily for them they were only down sixteen to seven at the point. Then their next drive they finally scored a touchdown on a nine play 74 yard drive with an eighteen yard grab by Cameron Brate to make it sixteen to fourteen, but after a Pats FG with 1:10 left they needed a touchdown and could not get it done.
Against the Vikings in week three the Buccaneers did not score a touchdown until the third quarter when it is already 28 to 3 and by the time the Buccaneers scored another touchdown at the end of the third quarter the Buccaneers were too far behind to come back.
The only game where the Buccaneers got a fast start was week two against the Bears where it was 29 to 0 before the Bears scored a touchdown with under 2:00 minutes left in the game.
If the Buccaneers don’t start getting off to a faster start in most games they will be to far behind in most games and not have enough time to make a come back, so they must start getting off to faster starts or there could be lots of blowouts to come with two games each in the division against the Panthers, Saints, and Falcons still left to play.
Well those are my “Extra Points” comparing what the Buccaneers did better or worse compared to the week four should have been win against the Patriots and the beat down they received received in week five from the Cardinals, and a trend that I have noticed in most of the games so far this season. Because the game against the Cardinals was such a beat down I chose to just pick one of each better, worse, and a trend.
So, now you tell me what you think that the Buccaneers did better or worse between the week four near win and the week five beat down against the Cardinals did I miss anything or what trends have you seen so far this season? Feel free to comment on the site or to me directly on Twitter @ND1Bucsfan.
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy all the PewterPlank articles and keep coming back for more, and StickCarriers after week fives beat down let’s get up brush ourselves off and go out and beat the Bills this week. As always GO BUCS!!!