BREAKING: Tampa Bay Buccaneers volunteer to replace the team who always plays the Harlem Globetrotters.
Eagles 31 – Bucs 20
So, the Bucs spent their bye week dealing with quarterback drama as well as the possibility that their locker room is Ground Zero for the forthcoming zombie plague (or, maybe it’s a staph infection. You know how internet news can get all fluxed up). With three key players diagnosed with the infection and a rookie quarterback prepping for his second start, the Bucs had a lot on their plate as they sailed into Raymond James Stadium in search of their first win of the season.
Yeah, about that.
While young Bucs QB Mike Glennon had a solid day, completing 26 of his 43 passes (still too many for a guy still trying to get his feet under him, for whatever the hell my opinion’s worth) for 250+ yards, two touchdowns and an interception, the offense as a unit still stumbled at key points during the game, either quashing fleeting attempts at momentum or else just blowing a critical opportunity. The Bucs were up 17-14 at the half, and looked like they might be able to maintain control for the win, but by then Philly quarterback Nick Foles, substituting for the injured Michael Vick, was dialed in and holy schnikes does this guy have a sweet touch with the football.
Despite the loss, there are some definite signs of improvement for the Bucs on both sides of the ball, and it’s worth noting that they fought to the bitter end, even when the Eagles were on the verge of running away with the thing. No, it’s not roses and unicorns and yes, losing still sucks, as does going 0-5 for the first time since 2009, when the Bucs started out that season taking eight games to notch their first win of that year. So, let’s hope to avoid a repeat of that. To that end, I’m looking for any positives I can latch on to. Otherwise, I’ll just have to start drinking, and we all know that never goes well.
Still living in the NFC South’s basement, the Bucs share the honor of “winless so far this year” with the Jacksonville Jaguars and–yes, this boggles the mind–the New York Giants. How that’s even possible is a total mystery to me. As for the rest of the Bucs’ division, the New Orleans Saints were handed their first loss of the season today, thanks to New England, and the Carolina Panthers beat Minnesota to move up to 2nd place. The 1-4 Atlanta Falcons had their bye today, and they’ll be hosting the Bucs next Sunday.
Should be a barn-burner, right?