No more blaming the Chest bumping. You were throwing yourself off the couch too.
No more blaming the play calling. Greg Olsen stuck with the run regardless of the result. Couldn't gain yardage with the run game? No problem, bring in Denmar Dotson as a Tight End. Still cant run the ball? How about running from the Power i Formation? In a play John McKay would be proud of, the Bucs lined up with two blocking backs and a tailback behind Freeman, and stuck with the run, actually getting some big ones with their stubborness, and allowed Freeman to throw against a weak Seahawk pass defense that actually was not aware of what was going to hit them.
After a sloppy first half in which both teams missed easy Field Goal attempts; Seattle with a fumbled snap, Bucs with ABD; Another Barth Doink, the Bucs came out with a few adjustments made. Connor Barth, after missing his first 38 yarder, nailed the next three in a row as the Bucs exploded with 24 consecutive unanswered points to defeat the Seattle Seahawks 24-7 and drop one spot in the Ndomekong Suh race.
It could have been worse but the Cleveland Browns did their part by winning today, still Tampa Bay now slides down into a tie with Detroit and due to our difficult schedule, loses out on a tiebreaker. Also costly was an injury to Tanard Jackson which is undetermined, and Chris Hovan also went down late in the second half.
This after an inspired defense played the way the Bucs of old always did; bend but dont break. Seahawk leading rushers averaged over 5 yards per carry, but in the second half, the Bucs defense was having nothing to do with it. Still, with the defense playing better as of late, the big shock of the day was the second half domination of the offense, led by the beleaguered running attack of Derrick Ward and Cadillac Williams, as well as never say quit QB Josh Freeman. The Bucs offense came out in the second half and set up some nice Freeman completions before two screen pass TDs gave the Bucs their first multi-TD lead at the start of the 4th quarter all year.
In doing so, the Bucs broke or tied some impressive records:
Kellen Winslow Jr set a record with the most receptions for a Bucs Tight End in a season.
For only the 4th time in the regular season, and the 5th all time including the Superbowl, the Bucs won a game on the West Coast. The last time was 10 years ago, when Shawn King took over for an injured Trent Dilfer in 1999.