The Bucs and Rams traded touchdown drives in the first quarter, with Josh McCown and Zac Stacy respectively capping off long, methodical drives. And the Bucs just kept going with yet another touchdown drive on their very next possession. The Rams' defense really couldn't put up any defense on the ground or in the air-- until Josh McCown threw a stupid pick under pressure at the end of their second possession. Oops.
The Bucs' defense also struggled with the Rams' offense, both in the ground game and against the pass. Part of that was because Gerald McCoy missed part of the first half with a hand injury (he has been ruled out for the game), and the lack of a pass rush due to the fact that Adrian Clayborn is on injured reserve, and Michael Johnson is out with an ankle injury.
A 53-minute lightning delay didn't seem to help the Bucs much. They did force a punt, but then immediately gave up a blocked punt themselves which gifted the Rams some great field position toward the end of the half.
Overall, the Bucs looked like a better team than they did last week, but they still have some issues need to figure out if they want to beat the Rams in the second half.
Here's your third quarter open thread. Go Bucs!