Freeman and the boys totaled just 166 yards of total offense in the entire game against the Cowboys. That will not do no matter how good the defense is playing. Josh Freeman played one of the worst games of his career, completing just 10 of 28 for 110 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. The corners for Dallas are impressive, and they showed that on Sunday. V Jax was blanketed by Carr all day, and could not create much separation. He finished with 1 completion on the day, despite 7 targets. Even with a stout defense, Freeman needs to perform better than that. He needs to step up next week before fans start calling for his head.
The running game was also a non factor. The Doug Martin feature back experiment is not working. They got the win week one, so I was able to forgive it. They have since lost two straight, and the running game is at least a part of that. Martin is clearly the coach favorite, but he isn’t playing well. He ran for 53 yards yesterday on 19 carries. That brings his total yardage to 214 on the year, but it has taken him 63 carries to do so. That’s an abysmal 3.4 YPC. Blount had his season high in carries with 4, taking them for 19 yards. I’m not saying Blount should be the starter, but forcing 20 carries a game on rookie Doug Martin, despite some pretty poor performance, is not the way to go. Especially with Blount ready to take the pressure off of him, and his struggling QB. Hopefully we see some more work for Blount next week, because some changes need to be made.
The defense at least had a promising performance. After being torched for 510 yards by Eli Manning last week, they gave up 283 to Tony Romo. Still a high total, but they didn’t give a TD and it took Romo 39 passes to reach that total. They also stuffed versatile back DeMarco Murray for just 38 yards on 18 carries. The encouraging play of the D was overshadowed by the loss of DE Adrian Clayborn. The young talent has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a torn ligament in his knee. This is now the second huge loss for the Bucs to injury this season after Davin Joseph was lost before the season began. This team was thin to begin with, but are now starting to be devastated by major injuries.
Up next for Tampa is a home game against Washington. After a surprising week one defeat of New Orleans, the Redskins have lost two straight games. They lost a shocker to the Rams and then were beat in a shootout by the Bengals. That first win is looking less and less impressive with each week the Saints continue to loss. Still, RGIII is an explosive talent than can put up points in bunches. Alfred Morris has also been very strong as a rookie RB. He fights for every yard, and could overpower smaller defensive players. The Redskins have battled through some big injuries of their own. They loss top pass rusher Brian Orakpo with a torn pectoral muscle earlier in the year. Pierre Garcon has missed the last two weeks and is questionable to return this Sunday. Trent Williams suffered a bone bruise in his knee last game, but seems likely to play against the Bucs. He could still be limited though, complaining of lateral movement when he returned with the injury for a series last week. I’ll be monitoring the injury report throughout the week to you updated as the Bucs will look to get back to .500.