Tampa Bay fell 28-13 to the Rams as they lost their 5th straight game. What started as such a promising season for Tampa Bay has turned into a quite disappointing one. They now stand a 6-9 with playoffs a distant memory. The only thing Tampa fans can be happy about is that they will have a better draft pick next year. The bad part is that they have uncovered a lot more weaknesses that they have to fix. One that they hope isn’t one is at the quarterback position. Josh Freeman had another rough game this week, finishing with 4 interceptions. He did manage 372 yards and one score, but they were playing from behind almost the entire game. Tampa Bay likely won’t be looking for a new signal caller to completely push Josh Freeman out of the picture, but they may look to draft a QB in case Freeman’s recent struggles are more of an indication of what his true potential is.
One positive to take from this game was the play of the pass defense. They kept Bradford from completely more than half of his passes and did have one pick. It wasn’t elite performance, but the Tampa secondary has been abysmal all year long. The INT was from Danny Gorrer who could sneak himself into a more serious role next year. Plucked off the waiver wire, the physical corner has shown promise in limited work in the NFL. He stepped in for Baltimore last year and held his own toward the end of the year. He possesses enough talent to be a serious contributor, and with the Buccaneers depth at the position he could be a in line for some playing time next year.
Tampa finishes the year at Atlanta in what looks like a certain loss. The Falcons have basically nothing to play for, so the only hope for Tampa Bay may be that they rest their starters.