Bucs 34, Chargers 24November 11th, 2012
How bout those 5-4 Buccaneers!
The depth and versatility of the New Schiano Order was on full display against the Chargers.
Newcomer cornerback LeQuan Lewis scored a big interception. Undrafted rookie CB Leonard Johnson had a pick-6, redeeming his opening drive gaffe. Daniel Te’o-Nesheim registered a monster sack late. Dekoda Watson and Adam Hayward teamed for a punt block and score.
Those are not the names you penciled in as your likely heroes before this game.
For Joe, this win was all about maturity. As Greg Schiano likes to say, the porous Bucs defense “bowed their necks” and didn’t crack in the second half, allowing the Chargers only three points.
Doug Martin returned to earth (19 carries for 68 yards, and a few dumpoff passes, one of which he took for 42 yards), but Josh Freeman was precise and error-free.
This was an all-phases win for the Bucs, not spectacular, but damn good. It’s good to have real winning football back in Tampa!