Spurlock with a kick return for TD
- E.J. Biggers
Matt Ryan was frustrated most of the time when he went after him. His main assignment was Bryan Finneran and he eliminated big completions from happening on him.
- Mike Williams
BAD CALL ALERT: He was giving the Atlanta secondary such trouble that pushed him out of the way to get his interception. I’m not going to whine about the other call. I didn’t get a good look at that one. The Bucs had their chances and they still could have won if they executed better. The Falcons deserve this win but it’s tough to see a missed call impact a mostly hard-fought game like this one did.
- Michael Spurlock
His 89 yard kickoff return for a touchdown featured a tight-rope act on the sideline
- Greg Olson’s play-calling
3rd and 10 at your own 28 with 47 seconds left in the first half and you call a run play? I know you might want to keep Atlanta from thinking about scoring but the time on the scoreboard is bigger than the timeout you made them burn. If you at least did a short swing pass or get Freeman to scramble, you get more time off the clock and give yourself a chance at a first down. That play was doomed. You can’t beat good teams by not using every drive to its fullest. The penalty on Spurlock running in from out of bounds on the punt almost really cost them for not trying for the first. Also, 4th and 1 at the 2. This is clearly the time to call play action with Freeman. Of course, they call a run and lost the game.
- The run-blocking
LeGarrette Blount still found ways to create yardage but there was no room to run.
BAD CALL ALERT?: it looked to me like he got that first down near the goal line in the 4th quarter, on 3rd and 3. On the 4th and 1, you can’t blame him for reaching out to get extra yardage. I think if Freeman had done a better job on third downs, Blount would have gotten more carries. He ran 13 times for 46 yards and got 21 of that on one play. He should have got the ball more.
- LOOKING AHEAD: They host a demoralized Carolina team which has been one of the least productive offenses we’ve seen in years. What’s surprising is how efficient their offense was at the end of last year. This should be a win for Tampa Bay but the same could be said for this game. Tampa Bay will continue to out-physical lesser teams and use some Freeman magic. This was a bump in the road and they get their next shot at a good team November 28th in Baltimore, followed by December 5th at home against these Falcons.