Bucs-Bills Report Card
Maurice Stovall (Getty Images)
Maurice Stovall (Getty Images)
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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