Bucs 27, Bills 14August 23rd, 2014
The Tampa Bay defense continues to dominate. Who needs offense? Joe can only imagine the furious chants of DEE-FENCE coming back to the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway.
Lovie Smith said in January that nasty, turnover-forcing defense could win a team eight games without much of an offense. So perhaps the Bucs are at least an eight-win team?
In Buffalo this afternoon, the Bucs offense came out of the shoot like a horror show. Brutal. Their two heinous opening series generated no positive yardage and an interception. But they recovered, following up with a 39-yard touchdown drive on a short field, courtesy of a crushing Lavonte David forced fumble and a recovery by Mason Foster. And the first long drive of the season, 11-plays, 82 yards, capped by a sweet touchdown strike to Mike Evans.
Doug Martin and Josh McCown were solid, as was Evans, but the big offensive picture wasn’t pretty, though it might be good enough to win the Bucs ballgames behind this defense.
Still, the offense has much to prove when the mighty Panthers defense arrives in Tampa for opening day. The Tampa Bay guard play was awful tonight, and Joe must say new center Evan Dietrich-Smith didn’t look good, either.
But hey, raise a cold one to the Bucs defense. They deserve it. Sacks, picks, crushing hits and a touchdown by Clinton McDonald.
Stick with Joe through the night for so much out of this game. Yes, Joe’s in Buffalo.