Bucs 42, Raiders 32November 4th, 2012
Feel free to drop the “P” word — as in playoffs. It’s hardly inappropriate chatter anymore!
The New Schiano Order Bucs turned in a complete yet sloppy performance and mauled the Raiders before a hostile Oakland crowd and are now firmly in the hunt for the postseason.
At 4-4 with a complete offense, these Bucs are no joke. Doug Martin is approaching NFL superstar status — 251 yards on 25 carries and four touchdowns — the deep threats are lethal, and the defense is good enough, as was today’s defensive gameplan to cover for the Bucs’ thin secondary.
Major hat tip to the Bucs’ makeshift offensive line, which brought back memories of what the Bucs pulled off in 2010, after Davin Joseph, Jeff Faine and Jeremy Trueblood went down yet the O-line blew open holes for LeGarrette Blount. So much of Martin’s career day today goes to Jeremy Zuttah, Jamon Meredith and Ted Larsen getting it done up the gut. Joe remembers all too well what it looked like when turnstile Sean Mahan filled in at center a few years ago.
Myron Lewis nightmares aside, dare to dream tonight, Bucs fans. You have good reason.
Stick with Joe through the night for so much more out of this game.