The first win of the season seemed to be the most impressive display of the young Tampa unit under first year head coach Raheem Morris. Josh Freeman went 14/31 198 passing yards, 4 rushes for 20 yards in a win against the struggling Green Bay Packers behind a young and confused Aaron Rodgers.
In what seemed like a normal game for the now seasoned Aaron Rodgers, whom in the game against the Bucs in the Battle of the Bay’s, went 17/35 for 266 yards, 2 TDs, and 3 picks for a 28-38 loss. Statistically a sound and fundamental game until the defensive specks are brought forth. Green Bay allowed 6 sacks for a loss of 32 yards, allowed a punt to be blocked, allowed 3 picks in which one was for a touchdown, went 5/14 on third downs, while possessing the ball for over 35 minutes. Showing that as a team Green Bay was out played by the Bucs dispite a time advantage and over-all field experience.
In a much needed win, it seems as though the tired Tampa unit was just finally fed up with losing.
Game 1 on the season the Bucs had 450 total yards in which Bryon Leftwich went 25/41 for 276 yards 1 TD and 3 rushes for 3 yards. Although it was a loss against the Cowboys it seemed then that the play calling scheme that Tampa has fitted the offense with could put up the right numbers dispite a lack in rushing yard gainage. Or how about the second game of the season againast the Buffalo Bills in which Leftwich went 26/50 for 296 yards 3 TDs and 2 picks in a 20-33 loss to the Bills. The play calling that the Bucs have come to terms that is high-powered, play-off potential does work, so why not win?
Is it experience lacked in offensive production or over-all team contribution? What ever it is lets just hope that its not lost before the next game against the winning Dolphins.