The rollercoaster ride that is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took us on another ride today. Starting out looking like Superbowl contenders, the Bucs somehow managed to turn what should have been a 14-0 lead into a 7-7 tie, and gave up 21 consecutive points before fighting back in extreme fashion to tie the game in the 4th quarter. By the time the game finished, it was a comedy of errors, and the team showed no matter how much heart it has, it lacks what it needs to get the job done.
Both Carolina running backs went over 100 yards each, as the Panthers took the ball and marched down the field on a Bucs defense that was helpless to stop them.
Another culprit today was the regressed play of Josh Johnson, who had many leaping on board the J.J. wagon; instead in all likelihood the team is one game away from the first start of Josh Freeman in 3 weeks vs the Packers.
Despite the erratic play of Johnson, the Bucs heroically got back into the game with a franchise best 97 yard Kick Off Return for a touchdown, then the defense got into the act by getting pressure on Jake Delhomme causing him to throw a pick 6 to Tanard Jackson.
Pressure is sure to mound on rookie head coach Raheem Morris, despite the team showing no sign of quitting. Next Week, The Bucs head to London, England to play the Patriots, before the Bye week, and a date with the Packers in Orange Uniforms.