I never read much into week 1. The offense needs more work than the defense. I think the defense turned in a strong second-half performance, only allowing 7 in the last two quarters to give the skittish offense an opportunity to come back.
4 catches, 50 yards, 1 TD. It would have been bigger if not for…
The Officials Blowing the End of Half Pass Interference
Mike Williams was getting shoved out of bounds by someone not even looking back at the quarterback. The four points would have been handy late in the game since their final attempt at the end zone in came near field goal range.
Matt Stafford was on pace for well over 500 yards at halftime. Some of this blame goes to ugly lack of time of possession established by the Buccaneers offense.
The Buccaneers forced two fumbles and made a pick 6 yet they did not sack Matt Stafford.
I mentioned recently, in light of the cap space, that with Arrelious Benn not getting to practice as much and likely not being fully healthy this season – coming off ACL surgery -, they should have gone for a veteran receiver. A quarterback like Josh Freeman creates a few seconds of extra time to where the best attribute a Buccaneers receiver can have is to be able to get open. 6/14 on third down will get cleaned up. Gotta move on.
LOOKING AHEAD: Going into the Metrodome, it would be nice to get a road victory against a good team since 9 of the final 15 games are away from home.