The Bleeding Continues in Tampa


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Tampa Bay fell to an early 10-0 deficit before climbing back and taking a 21-10 lead.  Three straight touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters gave the Bucs a lot of confidence and looked like they would pull it off.  Nick Foles took over from there, scoring twice in under 5 minutes.  The game winning score came when time expired, leaving Tampa Bay shocked.  Three straight losses have made the playoffs a very unlikely scenario now.

Josh Freeman simply didn’t have it in this game.  He completed just 14 of his 34 passes for 189 yards.  He did have two TDs and zero turnovers, but so many incompletions took his team out of the game.  He zeroed in on Vincent Jackson who had 131 yards receiving, but could not hit anyone else.  Dallas Clark was the next highest receiver with only 19 yards on one catch.  That just can’t happen.  Doug Martin bounced back for a great game with 128 yards rushing.  He has truly turned into a workhorse back.  The offense was stagnant in the start, and couldn’t recover enough in the second half.

The defense played well for most of the game, but their porous secondary once again took them out of the game.  Rookie Nick Foles has been mediocre in each of his previous  games, but broke out in a big in his first victory.  He completed 32 passes for 381 yards.  He had two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and added a TD run in the first half.  It was a great performance from the rookie, but really just exposed how bad this pass defense is.  Tampa Bay is improving, but still have a lot to work on.  They have the Saints up next in a desperate attempt to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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