I know he lost the unfortunate fumble in the red zone but he made a leaping grab over the middle in the fourth for a first down that looked like it was three feet over his head and had serious velocity. You’re seeing him draw pass interference penalties and as long as you pass enough on a deep pass to him one on one, it’s not going to get intercepted.
Are we looking at the best secondary in football?
Each game, opposing quarterback try to test the Buccaneers defensive backfield. Each game, the Buccaneers come up with big interceptions. Cody Grimm’s pick six was a work of art, Aqib Talib, even Sabby Piscetelli got in on it. E.J. Biggers made some big red zone plays, the pass defensed on Ocho Cinco. Even lineman were chipping in on pass defense, though the batted pass I’m thinking of would not have converted the 3rd down for Cincinnati had it have been completed.
During the game, I wondered how many of the ESPN cliche addicts were saying “good teams don’t make those kind of mistakes” about Spurlock’s fumble. This is the kind of excuse people made for piling on the 49ers when fluke turnover after tipped pass after bounced muff went the Saints way. I said, when I saw Marvin throw the challenge flag, good teams find a way to overcome those kind of mistakes. Every team makes mistakes The Freeman INT was more egregious because Benn seemed to stop running and he needs to help his QB out. Whatever the case, the Bucs are a good team and found a way to overcome this and win another road game.
The Run Defense
Ironic that Cedric Benson would run for 23 carries considering this is the first regular season loss for him when he gets that many carries. With 23 carries for 144 yards, defensive line coach Todd Wash and the defense have some work to do. It’s stunning that with that rushing performance that there were so many drops and bad throws for Cincinnati. Quite a waste.
From Who Dey to Who Dat. They are hosting New Orleans, with first place on the line. I don’t know if they’re ready to beat the Saints, but as long as they take one of each in the series against them and the very beatable Falcons, the race to 10 becomes very realistic for the 2010 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.