I got to watch the game on AFN this week, and man was I glad. I was an AFN “Viewer’s Choice” game. It was voted on by AFN watchers and received the most votes. Without further delay, on with the show.
Ball security and penalties are a few things that definitely need work. Graham had a TD, but his offensive pass interference called it back and eventually led to no score at all. There were two fumbles that ended up out of bounds. Had they been near the middle of the field we may not have been so fortunate to maintain possession.
More penalties and a little unsportsmanlike conduct. Jenkins has got to learn to keep his head on straight. The two personal foul calls against Jenkins ultimately set up Tampa Bay for their one and only score. Giving the Bucs the ball at the 20 yard line with a fresh set of downs is asking for trouble.
Special Teams –
Garret Hartley seems to have lost his mind. He must still think he gets credibility from the post season. It doesn’t work that way. Our fat punk kicker needs to pull his fat punk head out of his fat punk ass.
I didn’t see the intensity in the play calling this week to which I am accustomed. It seems as though Williams was more concerned with containment than pressure.
All I can say is WOW. 212 rushing yards, 263 passing yards for 475 total yards leads me to think that the offensive line appears to be coming together and providing the protection needed to run the ball. They didn’t allow a sack, but Brees did have to scramble a couple of times. If the offensive line continues to improve as the year goes, then I think we will be sitting pretty by week 17.
The defense held TB to 277 total yards and rendered the Bucs run game almost completely useless. They made Cadillac look more like a Yugo allowing him less than 2 yards per carry and forcing him to fumble. The defense looked more fundamentally sound than they have all year and it is only a matter of time before some of the injured players we have get healthy and begin contributing to the turnover side of the D.
Special Teams –
The hands team on the onside kick did a bang u job at gaining possession and falling on the ball.
Payton and Williams both seem to be getting on the same page together.
Areas of Concern:
I won’t do a compartmentalized breakdown for this section, because it all seems to run together. Penalties are not only killing our own drives, but they are sustaining drives for our opponents. Jenkins gave up 15 yards on an unnecessary hit out of bounds and gave up 15 more when he through a left hook at Josh Freeman. Injuries currently have our secondary looking a little depleted, but we should get Sharper back this week. He probably still won’t be up to full speed but he will hopefully be ready for the next game. Porter is still injured and will probably miss next week, so Jenkins will have another week to prove himself as well as prove he can get that temper under control. There is still no word on Reggie Bush or Pierre Thomas. With Ivory running the ball as well as he did in this game, I have to start wondering who will be cut first – Betts or Jones.
Players of the Game:
Offense – Christopher Ivory – 158 Rushing Yards, 17 Receiving Yards. The only thing he is missing is a score, and if he keeps running the way he did in this game, he will get plenty of chances.
Defense – Malcolm Jenkins – 6 Tackles, 3 passes defended, and a lot of hard, hard hits. He continually went for the ball and seems to be shaping up nicely for a second year player.
Special Teams – Matt Giordano – Never heard of him until this game, but he recovered Tampa Bay’s onside kick attempt.