Thought I would post this in Fanposts. I am currently on a road trip with friends that will culminate in attending the Ravens game this weekend. Therefore this is a quick grading the units segment this week:
Solid, if not spectacular. They did a great job controlling the clock with some productive drives. Although there were some punts mixed in there, it was nice to see 0 in the turnover column and 21 points on the board. Any time that is the case the team will certainly be in the ball game. Freeman now has a 14/5 ratio this year which is flat out incredible. Although there are alot of QB's performing well, it's nice to see Freeman take on the leader and control the game. There are 24 NFL QB's completing 60% of their passes, a sign of the times in this offensive minded league. Blount and Caddy seem to be sharing more of the football (not in terms of carries, but in terms of being on the field and making plays).
0 points, 23 rushing yards allowed to Frank Gore. That pretty much sums it up. I was completely flabbergasted (in a good way), and did no t think they had any chance of stopping #21. Although the Bucs should be grateful Troy Smith has little to no pocket presence, the D-line did an outstanding job on Sunday. Most of us here have criticized the line this year for not making plays (for good reason, because it's true), but it was great to see all the hard work pay off for those guys. Let's just hope McCoy's injury isn't serious, I'm sure most were fearing the worst when looking at it live.
Special Teams: C
Aside from the 1 boomer by Malone, it seemed like punting was somewhat of a project. Of course it was pretty irrelevant in the end, but when playing a field position brand of football its necessary to get as much yardage as possible in Punts/Returns. Barth's miss was a bit concerning, especially when considering he has only made 6 out of his last 10 attempts. We figure to be in close games down the stretch, so he has to correct whatever is causing him to be inaccurate of late.
Winning by 3 TD's on the road is an awesome accomplishment for such a young football team. It appears now that the Bucs will be playing meaningful December football. Un-freaking-believable. Let's just hope we show up in Baltimore. I know I will.