With a chance to prove themselves against the Dallas Cowboys, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense showed up strong on Sunday, but the offense was unable to match the performance, an understandably frustrating combination for the bloggers over at Bucs Nation.
The guys had plenty of praise to pass around to the defense, which did not allow a passing touchdown and held Cowboys running backs to just 37 yards on the ground.
A heroic defense forced 3-and-out after 3-and-out, stuffed the run, play after play, and put constant heat on Tony Romo - but the offense couldn't do anything. ... the defense gave the offense plenty of opportunities, as Michael Bennett and Gerald McCoy had some dominant games. The defense forced three turnovers, despite some refereeing problems.
But on offense, things were no as bright, with quarterback Josh Freeman shouldering a lot of the blame from Bucs Nation.
Josh Freeman was a major culprit, as the quarterback was off target for most of the game and ended up completing just 10 of 28 passes for 110 yards, one touchdown and one interception. That probably understates how poorly the offense played, as 71 of those yards came on the final drive of the game, when Freeman finally threw down the field.
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