Sure, everyone's giddy out there today.
A victory over the Carolina Panthers is always a good thing.
Now for the bad news: The angry, talent-laden Super Bowl champion New York Giants are waiting for Greg Schiano's lads and come next Sunday, they will have had 10 days to prepare for the Buccaneer Juggernaut.
With that in mind, here are some areas we believe the Buccaneers need to improve.
V-Jax was the go-to guy in the first half. Josh Freeman threw to him 10 times. His three drops are simply unacceptable for a $55 million receiver. V-Jax has to get better, be more dynamic and become more of a force. That being said, he should help Mike Williams get open a lot.
Work the Vertical Seam
Josh Freeman didn't take any shots down the field. Maybe it wasn't in Mike Sullivan's game plan, maybe they are trying to help Freeman gain some confidence under the new system. Whatever it is, they need to explore the seams in the vertical passing game.
Watch Out for Those Stupid Penalties
The team went the entire first half without a penalty. Amazing. But in the second half, Ted Larsen, the starting right guard, had an offside penalty, no big deal, but then was hit with a holding penalty that nullified a big first down. Can't have that. Defensive end Michael Bennett was also flagged for a late hit on Cam Newton. Can't have that either. Bennett knows better.
Freeman needs to work on his accuracy, something we knew going into Sunday. He was only four of 10 in the second half. He needs to continue to try and make some plays with his feet when the pressure comes and the pressure will come in New York next Sunday.
Blount needs to get with the program. He started the second quarter in place of Doug Martin. He had two carries for seven yards, a catch for two yards and then another carry for a yard when he mysteriously had to leave the field. Greg Schiano is not sure what's wrong with Blount.
Better Goal-line Play-Calling
Not sure what Mike Sullivan was thinking on 1st-and-goal from the four. On third down, he rolled Josh Freeman out and it didn't work at all. If they're going to pound the ball, POUND IT!
It's going to take a great team effort to compete with New York on Sunday. Schiano's goal is to get better every week. They're off to a good start, and hopefully it gets even better.
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