The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not looking good in their fourth preseason game. With a few starters on the field, the Buccaneers looked flat and, mostly, incompetent during the first half. Missed tackles, missed throws, poor blocking and overall poor execution dominated a horrid first half.
The Bucs got off to one bad start with Dezmon Briscoe running down the sidelines on a 66-yard catch and run facilitated by some bad tackling by Johnthan Banks and Sean Baker. A quick Evan Royster touchdown later and the Redskins had a 7-0 lead. And that basically set up the rest of the half: bad tackling, and an offense that could only move the ball into the Redskins' arms. Oh, and special teams allowing some big returns.
Oh yeah, and the Redskins had Pat White at quarterback for the entire game. Yep.
Which is how the Bucs are now staring at a fairly ridiculous 27-6 deficit. The only Tampa Bay points were scored by Najee Goode, who ran back a gifted interception -- and then he could watch as Derek Dimke missed the point after touchdown. To make matters worse, the Bucs lost Tom Crabtree to what appeared to be a serious ankle injury. Oh joy of joys.
Join us as we wait to see if the fourth-stringers can do better in the second half. At least the game doesn't count, but the quality of play is certainly concerning.