Somehow, the Bucs were able to get the offense going late. And an overtime win pushed their record to 6-4.
The Bucs are looking for a winning formula that involves a heavy dosage of running plays. They appear to be close to finding it.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem to have the Minnesota Vikings’ number. These two teams have faced off seven times since 2001 with the Bucs winning the last six meetings. The Bucs were the underdogs heading into the game Thursday night, but they quickly showed what the team is made of.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are heading into Thursday night’s game healthier than the Minnesota Vikings. Many of the Vikings’ key players have some short of injury. The Bucs have had the Vikings’ number in years past and will hope that they can defeat the Vikings’ beat-up team.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers let another close game slip away. The Bucs were leading the first quarter but let the New Orleans Saints back in the game in the second quarter. By halftime, Saints quarterback Drew Brees had thrown for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. The Bucs defense was able to hold Brees the second half of the game, but the Bucs still came up short.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers only have two injures on the NFL Injury Report this week with the New Orleans Saints having nine. The Bucs have to worry about wide receiver Vincent Jackson’s calf injury. He has been limited in practice but it is never good when your number one receiver is hurt. Will the Bucs have several other options if Jackson is not up for a big game?
Everything seemed to be working for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The bye week seemed to be what they needed. They outscored the Kansas City Chiefs 38-10 even though the Chiefs led in time of possession.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ wide receiver Mike Williams has had an impressive career so far. He is not the tallest receiver in the league, but he does not find that a challenge. In his rookie year, he set a franchise record with 11 touchdown receptions and in this season he has a career-best 65-yard reception.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a disappointing first half of the season. The offense needs to produce more points to give the team a better chance to win. The Bucs defense and special teams have been ranked high in the NFL so far this season and need to continue to be the second half.
As a whole, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been playing well but just can’t convert offensive drives into points. They show signs of a winning team, but not on a consistent basis. The key to their success is consistency.