Bucs-Bills Report Card
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Posted Sep 22, 2009


How did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers grade out after Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills? Find out right here.

PASSING OFFENSE: C -- QB Byron Leftwich was intercepted twice in the first half against the Bills, helping to put his team in a 17-0 first quarter hole. But he brought the Bucs back to within one score by halftime. Leftwich, however, is taking too many hits after he throws the ball.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C -- The Bucs only attempted 19 rushes. That's not their game. But falling behind didn't help matters. The Bucs need to do a better job of getting balance in their offense.

PASS DEFENSE: F -- For the most part, the Bucs did a good job on Terrell Owens. But he burned the Bucs with a long TD pass to put the game away in the fourth quarter. Lee Evans had a TD in the first quarter. The Bucs' only two sacks Sunday were the result of good coverage.

RUSH DEFENSE: F -- Unheralded RB Fred Jackson rushed for 163 yards. The Bucs missed 24 tackles and did a poor job trying to stop the run with the front seven. The defensive line is playing poorly.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- P Dirk Johnson did a good job of pinning the Bills deep and had a career-high 63 yarder. PK Mike Nugent had no FG chances and his kickoffs were nothing great. Still more work to do here.

COACHING: F -- The Bucs are not prepared well on defense. They're caught between trying to play the new scheme and reverting back to zone coverage. It's going to be a very long season.


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