Packers 35, Bucs 26

November 20th, 2011

There surely are no moral victories in the NFL, but this was almost just that for the Bucs, considering the ugly depths the Bucs had fallen to over the past few Sundays.

Hopefully, the Bucs’ effort will quiet the crowd that ridiculously claims the Bucs are so lacking in talent they can barely compete. The Bucs showed they can hang with the best in the game when the coaching staff has the team ready to play. Who could have imagined the Bucs would rack up more yards than the Packers? 

Minus overmatched E.J. Biggers and Myron Lewis, the defense was solid, tackled well, and Elbert Mack delivered a huge fourth quarter interception. Josh Freeman had two ugly picks, but revived himself overall with a 28-for-38 day and 342 yards and two touchdowns. LeGarrette Blount had 18 carries for 107 yards.

Greg Olson finally dialed up some plays to let Arrelious Benn use his gifts.

Damn, the Bucs had some horrendous luck early, with a sure blocked punt/broken play ending up in a Packers first down and an extended drive that led to Green Bay’s first touchdown.

Kellen Winslow’s 2-point conversion drop was a killer. His constant pushing off to get open is getting increasingly costly. Eventually his post-catch antics will catch up to him, too. Does any other tight end get penalized as much?

Painful loss, and the Bucs sit mired at 4-6. But at least they looked “yungry.” After the crap fans have been subjected to for the past few weeks, it’s at least something to latch on to.

50 Responses to “Packers 35, Bucs 26”

  1. Buc Neckid Says:


  2. Blackmagic00 Says:

    This team played its butts off for dumdum. The first onside, cool. The second onside, really? Go Bucs! Rah should get the packers game ball.

  3. Baja Alabama Says:

    Anybody know how many of Freeman’s interceptions have gone off recievers’ hands?

  4. justin Says:

    raheem 2 onside kick calls were such a joke and ej biggers is our worst player

  5. Patrick Says:

    Bottomline, we lost! We should’ve won this game. Raheem is made so many bad decisions (onside kick, and punting with 5:00 left down scores) and the guy was being friends with the Packers late in the game. Next play…….they score a TD. How comical. Did you see the way the players were smiling on the sideline right as they were losing too?

    I look forward to a 4TH SEASON of no playoffs

  6. Tommy Boy Says:

    Penalties again. Dumb coaching. We cost ourselves the game. A second onside kick attempt!? Lewis on Jordy Nelson, who is arguably the Packer best WR!? Our coach got out coached by our coach.

  7. Bobby Says:

    Just as I said, I thought we’d lose but the Packers would know they were in a game. Heck, we should have won that game. Why in the heck did we go for the onside kick the second time around??? That was just stupid and really cost us the game. The penalty on Winslow for pushing off on the TD was iffy but the penalty on E.J. Biggers on third down was really a terrible call. Then there’s the non blocked punt….why in the heck didn’t he just cream the kicker when he’s holding on to the ball??!? It was like he shook hands with him instead of tackling him. All in all, a really good effort by the Bucs and I was really proud of the way they played on both sides of the ball. They showed what they are capable of when they play with intensity. The D-line looked outstanding. They had pressure on Rogers all day long. Biggers and Lewis are just weak links in what was otherwise a very solid defensive effort. The play calling was excellent today (other than the onside kick #2). If we play like that from here on out we could finish 10-6 again.

  8. BucfaninMI Says:

    This one is on the coaches and DBs!

  9. Bucbeliever Says:

    10-6 is entirely possible if we play like today.

  10. Bucbeliever Says:

    excluding the losing part of course

  11. canadianbuc Says:

    Bobby you just said my comment was stupid and its not possible to go 10-6?

  12. Patrick Says:

    Well, I’ll point one thing out. The fact that we played the way we did against the leagues best team today, winning out is possible I guess. But with a team like the Bucs, that’s near impossible.

    But really, why didn’t we play like this earlier in the year? Why did we suddenly decide to wake up today?

  13. thomas 2.2 Says:

    Rodgers was off today, the Pack was looking ahead to Thurs clearly.

    Despite that and but for a missed short although meaningless fg the team would have lost by 12.

    The offense played as expected, the defense was the bad defense We all know and love

  14. canadianbuc Says:

    we should score 40 against the jags

  15. thomas 2.2 Says:

    Its just as possible if not more that we lose out and finish 4-12.

  16. Buc_The_World Says:

    I don’t want to hear anymore whining about the talent, I have been saying it’s the coaching that is ruining this team. I have tried to support Morris and turned a blind eye but the truth is that he doesn’t understand how to coach an NFL football team. He would be a good college coach, but he is not ready for the pros yet. This team with all it’s faults, penalties, and mistakes still played well enough to win the game. This game is on the Head Coach. Time after time he consistently makes poor desicions. Now when he takes responsibilty this time he will be 100% right.

  17. canadianbuc Says:

    I dont think the pack are gonna win the superbowl with that d

  18. canadianbuc Says:

    Watching the titans game there d looks very week turner is running all over them

  19. Mr. Lucky Says:

    It’s so SAD that because the team FINALLY played to their potential everyone is happy!
    iThe coaching in this game was HORRIBLE. The coach responsible for the defensive calls and planning – BAD.

    The OC – Finally called an acceptible game but once again got away from Blount in the 4th quarter!

    Finally Josh Freeman – two INT’s is unacceptable. To the dummy who posted it was off the receiver’s hands – had the ball been thrown properly like an NFL QB should be throwing it the INT’s wouldn’t have happened!


  20. Anthony Says:

    Penalties, turnovers and a couple questionable coaching decisions is what cost them the game. Great effort and production. In my opinion it was soley the penalties. If it weren’t for the penalties, Blount probably gets more carries which equals to a Buccaneers win.

  21. Anthony Says:

    Anyone who wants Coach Morris fired doesn’t know what they are talking about.

  22. Bucbeliever Says:

    At the very least we need to put ourselves in a position to contend for wild card. If we’re 1 game behind ATL, we could contend to win the tie breaker. Really, that’s the only one we’d win (besides the needed head-to-head vs. DAL).

    If we play like today:

    @TEN – W
    CAR – W
    @JAX – W
    DAL – PUSH
    @CAR – W
    @ATL – ?

  23. Architek Says:

    Man it’s looking dark down this tunnel…At least we can get a good pick in the draft.

  24. Steendahl Says:

    Canadianbuc, both texans and 9ers have the perfect teams for beating the packers. great defense to slow down rodgers and co. then good run games with some occasional play action ect. I think Texans have a real shot at the super bowl this year.
    on another topic, Jags actually have a pretty good defense, but if our def shows up, we should have 40 mins of possesion anyways, but i think 40 points is a stretch

  25. Anthony Says:

    Matt Schaub is out for the season. Do you really think Leinart is going to take a team to the Super Bowl?

  26. Mr. Lucky Says:

    The Bucs win out?

    Are you freaking nutz? I guess you haven’t seen how the Cowboys are playing have you?

    Have you seen Cam Newton play? He’s better than Josh Freeman

    2011 is the Race to 6-10

  27. BucfaninMI Says:

    The Bucs exist merely as fodder for the rest of the league, same w Seattle,Arizona,Carolina and Det. Every once in a while the league will throw us bone. It’s really all about the Steelers,Packers and Cowboys(I realize Dal. hasn’t done much lately, but somehow they always get the PT games! That’s why we never get calls in our favor! I’ve never seen a facemask called on offensive players, twice this year it happened to the Bucs, it’s called a stiff arm for ant other team! And K2 always gets offensive PI in the end zone at crucial times. Coincidence? No.

  28. canadianbuc Says:

    top rated cornerback for the 2012 draft is morris claiborne

  29. canadianbuc Says:


  30. Mr. Lucky Says:

    anthony the reason the Glazers gave for letting Gruden go was team record and fan’s discontent

    Rah’s record is WORSE than Gruden’s AND

    More fans can’t stand listening to Coach Radio – unless you like laughing at him.

    I guess you think that the second onside kick was a great idea right?

    Or maybe you agree that putting EJ Biggers man-man was/is a good idea?

    Talk about not having a clue – go look in the mirror

  31. Mr. Lucky Says:


  32. Steendahl Says:

    is Leinart can just avoid mistakes ( i know thats a huge stretch too) and can get some play action going then yes, when you have Tate and Foster, the best Oline in the league and a very solid D then they do have a shot!
    Brad Johnson won a super bowl you know 🙂

  33. d clark Says:

    We played hard today and I still believe that 10-6 is where we are going to be at when all is said and done. Raheem was making some really dumb decisions out there. The first onside was understandable. But The second? WTF are you thinking man. You have 2 to’s left and 4 mins left. Lucky mack bailed you out with a pick. And why the hell are u so fascinated wwith talking to the packers players every game break. Like STFU and gameplan and think about what your’e going to do next. Winslow had the most critical drops the 2 point conversion being the worst to tie the game up. O and the pi in the endzone. Lewis sucks and is a bust and should of had talib on him. I wouldn’t mine if he was cut after today. Gaitor can’t be any worse then him. Overall good game by my bucs that we could and probably shouldve won. Go Bucs

  34. bucfanjeff Says:

    I saw effort and heart, more importantly a vertical game. See what happens when you stretch the field? We are not a running team and I’m tired of hearing such. That doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t, it just isn’t our bread and butter.
    I hate the loss, but there is a silver lining.

  35. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Some of you fools really need to think about what you are saying. I expect it from Thomas, but the rest of you should know better. We lost to the freaking GB Packers, in Lambeau, in late November, in freezing cold!!! They are 10-0! They have the runaway MVP at QB! They are the defending champs! Nobody has stopped them all season! Yes, there were some questionable calls. But if they worked, we would have been praising him (maybe everyone forgot the surprise onside that worked against NO and everyone was riding Raheem’s jock for it). Some of you are the most ignorant, fickle fans in the league, and you should truly be embarrassed. I’m embarrassed that we cheer for the same team. Watch what GB does to Detroit on Thursday, and let me know if you’d rather be a Lions fan.

    I hate the fact that we lost just as much as all of you (probably more). It will ruin my whole week, as it always does. However, I’m smart enough to know that we played well, were coached well, but had some bad breaks and were beaten by a better team (on their home field). Any idiot can see that. But nope, the onside kicks are the reason we lost, right? Get over yourselves, because none of you know sh!t.

  36. Bucnnole Says:

    EJ Biggers and Myron Lewis will
    be in a position battle at the end of the year…. The bus boy position at Chili’s. What a pair of BUMS!!!!

  37. Bucbeliever Says:

    Kool-aid has nothing to do with it. Notice how it was prefaced by “If we play like today.” Being a Buc fan, that’s the biggest hurdle of my whole post. If the Bucs play LIKE TODAY on a CONSISTENT basis, there’s still hope. Otherwise, we’ll be watching the playoffs from the outside looking in.

    GO BUCS!

  38. BucfaninMI Says:

    Playing well don’t put marks in the win column!

  39. Anthony Says:

    Mr. Lucky—so the teams Gruden had were less talented then the current one? Gruden took over a Super Bowl ready team that had the leagues best defense. Morris took over a team that belonged in hospice.

    I’m pretty sure Gruden was fired because his teams were underachieving and the locker room zoned him out–Not because of fan displeasure.

    The 2nd onside kick was risky but it wasn’t necessarily the wrong call, it was ballsy and wasn’t executed.

    Who is coach radio? Do your homework.

  40. Kevin Says:

    I equate coach Morris’s decision making to a guy that hits it big one time on a scratch off. Coach…. Learn about percentages and leave your hopes and gut feelings at home.

  41. Eric Says:

    if they have some sort of moral victory playoffs the bucs might get in that.

    Sorry 4-6 third year of “rebuilding” stinks. Another 35 scored on Rah’s defense?

    Fourth loss in a row?

    this is known as going absolutely nowhere.

  42. Larry Says:

    Well said Hawaiin Buc!

  43. 2'N Up Man Says:

    Myron Lewis I a good DB he just need to see more action. He will help the team when he get more reps.

  44. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    So by those same standards, where were we going with Gruden?

  45. Bobby Says:

    @CanadianBuc….there is another Bobby that posts on here that is clearly NOT a Bucs fan. I’m thinking about posting under a different name just so I don’t get confused with him although our opinions are so diametrically opposed I don’t see how that can happen. These posters are absolutely clueless and obviously have as much knowledge of football as a bunch of girlscouts. Our team had a huge turnaround in this game. It was a much closer game than the score indicated and we really should have won. The officiating is killing us. The call against K2 was questionable and the call against Biggers on 3rd down was really bad. Our D-line played great today. It was a tough game to lose but I really thought we played well. I think we can win out if we continue to play like today.

  46. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    And before you say it, I NEVER called for Gruden to be fired. I just moved on. And yes, if Raheem gets fired, I’ll do the same.

  47. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Oh no! 35 to the Packers!!!! Let’s disassemble everything. They barely ever score.

  48. Yaogreen Says:

    Why are people saying Myron Lewis is a bust?? The guy is def talented and played more and showed what he could do last year when he was getting reps. He hasn’t done any worse than any other corner on the team and they have gotten beat much worse and more. They have been playing all year and Lewis hasn’t, so he needs reps the other DBs don’t have that excuse they just aren’t doing well right and need to pick it up! Plus it was Green Bay..Jordy Nelson has beat everyone lined up in front of him. And Rodgers had all day to throw as always so the DBs need help from the D line sometimes. Tampa Bay played good today but they don’t have enough offense to beat the Packers. The Packers have been beating everyone solely on offense this year because their defense is not as good as it’s been. So stop saying that the Tampa Bay DBs suck and need to be cut. Because Green Bay beats all secondary’s like they did Tampa today its nothing new. Open your eyes and watch the games every week!!

  49. Richard Says:

    I saw our defensive lineman constantly getting into the backfield, but taking bad angles to Rodgers, allowing him to roll out and get away. That’ll come with experience.

  50. Nate Says:

    Haynesworth has been a good pickup.. Id like to see him stay with the team next year and have mccoy start next to him with okam and price on 3rd downs….We need a speed wide out still in my opinion.. we also need a DB because once barber retires will be hurting bad….. I think a new linebacker here and there 2..