Bucs 26, Saints 20

October 16th, 2011

What a game!

Damn, Joe is wiped out. Joe nearly had a stroke at the Bucs’ reluctance to run the ball to kill the clock late in the fourth quarter, and kill the clock at the end of the first half. And the Bucs only once handed the ball off on consecutive plays before the close-out drive by Joe’s count.

But it didn’t matter. Josh Freeman turned in a beast of a game in a “signature” matchup against Drew Brees. Freeman won the battle, even though it wasn’t his greatest performance.

A 109-yard game by Earnest Graham! An interception by Tanard Jackson, couchbound just a week ago!. The Bucs stopped the run! The Bucs’ secondary caught the balls that hit their hands.

Crack open the ice cold adult beverages. The Bucs lead the NFC South with a 4-2 record and the tiebreaker edge on the Saints.

Stick with Joe through the night for all kinds of takes and reaction from the Bucs locker room.

54 Responses to “Bucs 26, Saints 20”

  1. Bucbob Says:

    Mr graham – feature back:-)

  2. BecklesHeartsRuud Says:

    What a great win. Beat the Falcons. Beat the Saints. #1 in the division. Cant wait to see what excuses the haters have now. Oh im sure Peyton being in the locker room will be the excuse. Doesn’t matter. REAL FANS know what time it is.

    Adam- What have you got to say now clown? Did enjoy your little book while the Bucs were getting “murdered”. What did you read? Go Dog Go?

    And everyone who proclaimed there was no way T-Jax could come in and have a real impact today may now come and eat there crow.

  3. aldo Says:

    what a rebound!!! so many things to catch up, even talib played amazing!!! he was shutting down receivers on his side

  4. dimitrios Says:

    congratulations to the coaching staff prepping this team this horrible week (sans SF game) and bringing it! it was a thing of beauty

  5. Steve From Oregon Says:

    Great game….way to make Drew makes mistakes….lost my voice yelling at the TV…RUN THE BALL EARNEST!

  6. macabee Says:

    You see, there really is a Santa Claus!! lol!

  7. BecklesHeartsRuud Says:

    Someone should call Mike Florio and tell him there is room for him to jump back on the bandwagon if he wishes.

  8. Bucfan66 Says:

    What a TEAM win! Clayborn, Graham, the secondary, Preston with a key return near the end, the list goes on!….

    It wasn’t pretty but we got it done! Bring on the Bears!

  9. Pruritis Ani Says:

    This was a great win..Living in Houston exposes me to the dregs of society, also known as Saints fans. I ll take great delight in not hearing that “Who Dat” bs tomorrow…. I still think Biggers is channeling Sabby. He needs to go

  10. Rudd Says:

    Huge win against a team that has kicked our ass at home over the years. The D-line played one hell of a game and there was actual LB play today on the outside. Foster has been solid in the middle, but Black and Hayes are wildly inconsistent. The were on today. T-Jax instant upgrade to the run and pass defense.

    Offense still looks a little out of sorts and I think our young WRs are still a work in progress. They’re a talented bunch and it’ll all come together. I hate seeing anyone get injured, but Zuttah and Larsen were a good combo last year. All in all, the OL was solid. Freeman, at times, looked like he was getting his swagger back. Still, at the end of the half and again at the end of the game, you have to wonder what the hell the coaches were thinking? Why not run the ball (particularly at the end of the 1st half)?

    The key for us is becoming more consistent and eliminate penalties…stay committed to the running game and call a game that gives Freeman a chance to succeed.

    Great rebound post SF and it feels damn good to stick it to the Saints.

    See you in London next week Bucs!!!!

  11. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Every single one of you that has been complaining about Earnest Graham for weeks now need to man up and admit how wrong you really were. He made people miss, he broke tackles, and he closed put the game. Good thing none of you are GM’s.

  12. Dean Says:

    Just finished my last bite of crow. EG looked great! D looked good! And how ’bout T Jack! Great game. Still would like Blount back in the line up though.

  13. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    *out, not put

  14. Tom Says:

    Man, my heart is finally calming down. GREAT GREAT GREAT WIN!!!!!! Now, i can enjoy the week. lol. =)

  15. Patrick Says:

    Looks like Graham still has it! Just makes you wonder what our rushing attack could’ve been like had we not wasted him at fullback for two years.

    Blount and Graham……our two running backs. It should be kept that way.

  16. SkookumSmitty Says:

    Just heard on the Fox post game that Ronde COACHED the second half, after one our our coaches took a patellar tendon injury during the game.

  17. gotbbucs Says:

    pruritis, if u really think biggers needs to go then you have no business commenting. he has been far and away our best corner and its not even close.

  18. Pete Dutcher Says:

    I’m surprised no one has pointed out that the Lions lost to the 49ers today.

    That’s right, the team that beat us ended the Lions winning streak, so maybe they are a better team than people give them credit for being.

    Tanard Jackson surprised everyone. Yes…everyone. Me included.

    He is out of shape though…couldn’t finish the game. That’s to be expected.

    The real surprise was Graham. I really didn’t think he had it in him. He still has some convincing to do. Continuity.

    But most of all, I am glad I changed my prediction to a win yesterday.

  19. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Great game by E Graham. Awesome performance by the D Line.

    My section mates were in agreement about the Okam price combo being superior. Best DLine game since new Orleans last year. What is the common denominator?

    Be honest: Does the Defensive front look better without baby Gerald? It feels good to be right.

    I am excited for the next few weeks with the addition of T Jax and subtraction of Gerald. Go Bucs.

  20. squadoosh Says:

    I can’t believe how well Tanard played after missing so much time….Man I am glad that I was wrong…I also thought Graham was washed up before this game. It’ll great to have two good running backs when Blount comes back.

  21. John Says:

    We’re gonna beat the hell out of da Bears.

  22. Pruritis Ani Says:

    gotbbucs Says:
    October 16th, 2011 at 7:57 pm
    pruritis, if u really think biggers needs to go then you have no business commenting. he has been far and away our best corner and its not even close

    Wow… and you make that analysis based on what? He leads the team in pass interference penalties and has one career interception. Sorry..he doesn’t impress me.

  23. Mauha Deeb Says:

    Joe called it. Stop the run and get ints. We did it all.

  24. flmike Says:

    Great TEAM win, glad Josh is starting to look like Josh again.

  25. Mauha Deeb Says:

    @Thomas no it doesn’t We were far more dominant against the Falcons and the Colts. Our DEs did tons of great work today. DTs were not getting much pressure at all.

  26. Mauha Deeb Says:

    Biggers is not our best corner at all. Talib is. Clearly.

  27. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    2.2: not only is McCoy the best DT on the Bucs, he is the best DT in the NFC South. How ya like them apples, buddy?

  28. BamBamBuc Says:

    Muaha, I agree completely. Price has been looking so good early this year, but was much less impressive today. I think that has a lot to do with GMC not being in there. The middle did fine in run stop, but virtually nothing in pass pressure.

  29. BamBamBuc Says:

    And then I have to disagree, Muaha. Biggers is clearly playing better THIS year. That’s not saying he’s a “better” CB than Talib, but he is playing better. Even when he’s given up some catches, the coverage has been tight and the catches were made because of either a great pass or a great catch. Very few have been blown coverages or just poor coverage by Biggers. My only knock on him has been not playing the ball. Today, he even improved on that.

  30. Mauha Deeb Says:

    McCoy was playing better than Suh until he got hurt. Suh has been wrecked all year by runs. He hasn’t learned that part of his game yet where McCoy ha been one of the best.
    McCoy is a dominant player regardless what Ignorance2.2 says.

  31. MOBucs Says:

    Great win! Raheem called a great game defensively and Freeman seemed to get his confidence back. Gotta love Graham!

  32. Mauha Deeb Says:

    This game Talib was almost completely left alone. He tackled well, had no penalties, and was shutting his receivers down. Can’t make the big plays when the Saints were targeting Biggers for most of the game. Seems like that has been the game plan for the past 3 weeks. “Throw at Biggers”. He played much better this week but he can not cover as well as Talib.
    Talibs coverage has not been his downfall this year. It is the penalties and missed tackles. Ronde is right with him in that note as he leads the team with 10 missed tackles.

  33. Mauha Deeb Says:

    OUr linebackers really filled in the run gaps this week. That was no where to be seen last week or last year.

  34. m wesley Says:

    Way to be happy for your team Thomas.

  35. Mauha Deeb Says:

    But hey, I’ll take this years Biggers over Juran Bolden any day of the week.

  36. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Only Thomas could take a HUGE win and turn it around against GMC. Pathetic, yet very predictable. Why are you so obsessed with him? For someone who is so terrible, you sure spend an awful lot of time commenting about him. Is there more to this story? I’ve never seen someone so obsessed with another man, except when there are “other” feelings present.

  37. barton1017 Says:

    he was winded @ the end but what a game by T-Jax! we dont win it w/o him!!! and please someone explain the HORRIBLE pass interference call that kept the siant alive for their final TD?? i thought if the pass is “Uncatchable” the PI didint exisit??another HORRIBLE game by the Refs. BUC IT IM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Have the refs left the field yet? If not, they could still throw a late flag. That call was ridiculous

  39. Mauha Deeb Says:

    He is not a fan and does not support this team. Lets get this straight first off.

    I just love how when the Bucs play well with McCoy, Thomas has an excuse why it means nothing. When the Bucs play bad with him, it is his fault. And when the Bucs play well without him, it is all because he is not playing.

    He is literally saying that McCoy is a wasted roster and starting spot on this team….. Can anyone honestly take him seriously? Okam over McCoy? Price over McCoy? Dude is either out of his mind, blinded by hatred, trying to be rebel, is a Falcon’s fan, or just likes the attention.

    All of his negativity is probably related to what is certain to be a grotesquely disfigured and abnormally small johnson.

  40. BecklesHeartsRuud Says:

    This Thomas clown will probably commit suicide when Gerald McCoy makes his first pro-bowl. Never has someone been so convinced they were right about something they were so wrong about.

  41. BecklesHeartsRuud Says:

    Muaha Deeb- LOL. He’s probably a hermaphrodite. And to answer your question- No. No one takes him even remotely seriously.

  42. jesse j Says:

    IMO huge credit goes to Coach Raheem. He did a great job in mixing it up…Defense was flying around, i forgot Jackson’s knack for always being around the football. Great win. Raheem deserves alot of credit, cerebral game plan!!! Guys, fellow fans, brethren please stop acknowledging 2.2, hes been posting for attention since ive started reading this site (over 2 years).

  43. gotbbucs Says:

    pruritis, if biggers hasn’t impressed you lately then you don’t know what to look for. if you can say with a straight face that talib has outperformed him then that will tell me right there how much you actually know.

  44. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Sorry to butt in, but who the hell cares who has played better between Talib and Biggers. They both played well today, we won, let’s spend our time celebrating and teasing Mrs. Thomas McCoy.

  45. BecklesHeartsRuud Says:

    Jesse J- But we have to give little Tommy no brains some attention. He surely gets no attention from anyone in real life. Those of us on here who constantly ridicule him are the closest thing the poor soul has to friends.

    And I totally agree with Raheem bringing a great gameplan. Same against the Falcants. Raheem really knows the Saints scheme at this point and he’s pretty much got there number now. What happened last week vs. San Fran was an aberration. There isn’t enough film on Harbaugh’s niners yet for opposing coordinators to get a bead on his tendencies. Eventually coordinators will figure him out and the real Alex Smith will rear his ugly head again.

    Im looking forward to Chicago. Their offensive tackles make the Saints horrific tackles look like all pros in comparison. I really hope GMC can go for that game because it has the potential to be a sackfest.

  46. Mauha Deeb Says:

    Finally the Saints fans will have to admit we beat them fair and square. They had tons of excuses why they lost last year.

  47. Greg Says:

    @ Mauha, I’ve been coming to this site for over 2 yrs as well, and thomass’ man crush for Suh/GMC bashing is par for the course. The good thing is the Bucs won, which means thomass and eric won’t be commenting much at all this week!

  48. Kyle Says:

    Wait one second thomas, you are always on McCoys case about sacks…How many did the Bucs have today? 0! 0 sacks but they played well? They did play well but as you saw today sacks don’t tell the whole story. You are such a hypocrite it’s ridiculous.

  49. BecklesHeartsRuud Says:

    Muaha Deeb- Saints fan is convinced that Dez Briscoe didnt catch that ball and that Sean Peyton getting hurt screwed them. They have their choice of excuses. I know. I checked out their SB nation site for giggles and thats what they are saying. Of course thats all b.s. Who dat nation is just in denial.

  50. Bobby Says:

    Wow!!! What a game! Never been so happy to be wrong in my life. What heart this team showed after last weeks embarrasment. Terrific win!!!!! I figured Thomas 2.2 would have another stupid comment but at least it shut up all the “We should have picked up more in the FA market” “Why didn’t we get Sproles?!!” “Fire Olson!!!” “We’re gonna be 6-10!!!” Did I miss any?? Go Bucs!!!! By the way….the officiating once again was horrendous!!!

  51. FreemanBomb5 Says:

    Pro Football Focus rated GMC as the forth rated defensive tackle in all of football (when he got hurt). Now I really can’t tell you exactly how these ratings are determined but I agree that GMC stepped up his game big time this year. Today’s game showed that even without arguably our two best players that if the Youngry Baby Bucs stick together they can accomplish anything and the skies the limit! What was up with Winslow acting so disgusted, that might not be the best way to get targets afterall

  52. Nick2 Says:

    Tanard freakin Jackson are you kidding me????????

  53. Pruritis Ani Says:

    gotbbucs Says: October 16th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    pruritis, if biggers hasn’t impressed you lately then you don’t know what to look for. if you can say with a straight face that talib has outperformed him then that will tell me right there how much you actually know.

    Geez dude…Give it up aready…All I asked you was how you arrived at your conclusion regarding Biggers. Yet, instead of providing one example of why you think he’s so great, you resort to accusing ME of not knowing what I am talking about. So,one is left to conclude either: 1) You are totally bereft of data to support your argument …..or 2)You have his autographed poster hanging in your room…Relax and enjoy the win

  54. Adam Says:

    I gave the Bucs NO chance to win this game after seeing the debacle in SF, but they somehow pulled it out. This is one of the maddening things about this team: they have all this potential, but different teams show up every week. How do you force the best QB in the league in to 3 INTS and then STRUGGLE with the winless Colts? This game should have been completely out of reach, but for some reason, the Bucs are throwing the ball to end the half with a 13 point lead and are throwing the ball on their final drive. WTF?

    This team is EXTREMELY stressful to watch! And don’t confuse “stressful” with “exciting.” The PANTHERS are exciting. They’re just not very good. I was literally in the stands screaming at the bench, “DON’T ANY OF YOU COACHES HAVE A PLAYSTATION???”

    Ugh… it was good to get home. And to douche-whose-name-I-won’t-mention, I REVEL in the fact that *I* was your first thought when the game ended.