Buccaneers on the Ohio River?

By on October 12, 2010

Cincinnati, OH  (RSE)—There was a pirate ship sighting from the banks of the Ohio River on Sunday.  A pewter colored vessel captained by no other than Head Coach Raheem Morris and his first mate Josh Freeman.

“We were raped”, were the cries from the jungle.  Yes you were; (and pillaged) by a second year quarterback and a rookie receiver!  Take that Carson Palmer and TO.  Carson, three picks… it won’t be long before TO gets up in YOUR grill.  But let’s not concern ourselves with Who Dey; the vessel is back in Tampa now, 3 and 1, docked in second place in the NFC South.

First mate Freeman, 20 for 33, 230 yards, 1 TD but the important stat only 1 pick.  Take care of the football and win football games.  It was Freeman that looked like a former Heisman Trophy winner calmly guiding the ship on two scoring drives late in the fourth quarter.  Let’s not forgot rookie Mike Williams, although he may not have a reality TV show he is slowly emerging as a young leader.  I must admit I was somewhat apprehensive of Williams as camp opened but he has proved me wrong, exactly what I said I was looking for back in early August.  Not only is his athleticism contributing, Mike is showing me the attributes of a true team player.  7 grabs for 99 yards and the jump-ball TD grab with 1:26 left to go to bring the Bucs a Connor Barth PAT from tying the score.  Speaking of Connor Barth, has anyone even noticed? Give love to a kicker, the Carolina Kid is perfect through the four games, 6 for 6 on FG’s and 8 for 8 on PAT’s… good job place kicking special teams! (I’ve been watching #77)

The Bucs defense brought bend but don’t break to the next level.  Giving up 144 yards on the ground to Cedric Benson, however the secondary certainly used the bye week to shut down the Bengals passing attack.  I was extremely impressed on how prepared this group was coming off the poor Pittsburgh performance.   This is a reflection on the coaching staff… somebody spent extra time in the film room using the extra week to get ready.

Ok we go from Who Dey to Who Dat, there is no reason our favorite band of pirates can’t beat New Orleans.  The Saints are struggling on both sides of the ball.  Offensively offensive to Saints fans,  the team is averaging less than 20 points per game 10 down from last year. 

So what is the one thing everyone has learned over the last five weeks?  The Bucs will not be a surprise anymore.

This is Rick Sassone,  Rocket Sports & Entertainment, I will see you in the end zone!

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