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We often talk about how certain teams are models of consistency in the NFL. Well, the Buccaneers have been the definition of an inconsistent team in 2011.
Josh Freeman's play has been nothing like it was in 2010. He has thrown 16 interceptions, lost two fumbles and posted a 74.5 quarterback rating thus far. Freeman has not played well, but he is not, by any means, the only Buccaneer to blame. The offensive weapons around him have not played as well this year either.
Receiver Mike Williams has only caught three touchdowns this year, compared to 11 grabs last year. He is averaging 11.7 yards a catch this season after he averaged 14.8 yards last season and was a constant threat to defenses. He has, for the most part, been contained this year.
Blount has played well this season, but still has not performed up to the level he sustained last year. He is averaging 4.5 yards a carry, which is good, but down from the 5.0 average he set in 2010.
Young players like Gerald McCoy, Brian Price and Da'Quan Bowers were also expected to make impacts this year. The only player that we may be able to say exceeded expectations is first-round draft pick Adrian Clayborn.
These young playmakers have done okay this season, but they have not played well enough for the Buccaneers to be a consistent threat.
This team as a whole has been unable to play at a high level all season. In their first game, the Buccaneers jumped out to a 10-3 lead on the Lions at home, but failed to show up again until the end of the fourth quarter and lost 27-20.
Against the Bears in Week 7, the Bucs started slow and ended up losing the game 24-18. They scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.
The point is that the Buccaneers have looked good at times this year, but they have been unable to put it all together and perform the way that they can.
The talent and skill is there for this team to succeed, but their overall lack of consistent play has prevented them from doing so.