Patriots 23, Bucs 3September 22nd, 2013
Outcoached and outplayed, the Bucs fell to 0-3 and proved — again — they’re not sharp enough offensively to win NFL games.
Josh Freeman played like a lower tier NFL quarterback for the third consecutive week. Mike Sullivan didn’t adjust, Davin Joseph had some heinous pass blocking moments, and Doug Martin didn’t dominate the way the Bucs’ hoped.
Please don’t assign major blame to dropped passes. The Bucs dropped three, one by Vincent Jackson, one by Doug Martin and one by (who else?) Kevin Ogletree. A deep, first-half throw seemingly dropped by Jackson was a great pass breakup by Aqib Talib.
Pressure on Tom Brady forced him to miss two touchdown throws to open receivers, and the Tampa Bay defense sacked Brady twice, plus Mark Barron picked him off in the end zone. But when was the last time the Bucs gave up 159 yards on the ground for 5.3 yards a carry.
The Bucs have just three touchdowns through three games, and now Vincent Jackson is hurt and Mike Williams and Gerald McCoy are ailing.
The New Schiano Order is circling the drain. The Bucs have lost eight of their last nine games. There’s no way to spin that.