TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 13: Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans stretches across the goal line for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers November 13, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Buccaneers Vs. Texans: Tampa Bay Blown Out At Home By Houston, Falls Below .500

After a dominating performance by the Texans, Tampa's loss drops the Bucs below .500 for the first time since Week 1.

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Kellen Winslow Week 10 Fantasy Update: Winslow Has Quiet Day In Blowout Loss To Houston

With Josh Freeman completing only 15 of 35 passes on Sunday against the Houston Texans, fantasy owners of the Buccaneers' Kellen Winslow were bound to be less than pleased with the tight end's production. Winslow finished the day with only three catches for 33 yards. He was targeted six times over the course of the day as the Bucs were forced to play catch-up. Freeman, however, only managed to connect once for a touchdown to wide receiver Preston Parker.

It was only the second time this season that Winslow had less than four catches in a game. Fantasy owners of the Bucs' tight end can hope for better production from Winslow and Freeman next week, when Tampa travels to Green Bay to face the league's second worst pass defense.

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LeGarrette Blount Week 10 Fantasy Update: Tampa Running Back, Like Rest Of Team, Has Disappointing Day Against Houston

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount had a very quiet and disappointing day on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. Blount, who was looking to become one of the league's top fantasy performers at the beginning of the season, had his year disrupted when he injured his knee in Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers. Blount made his return last week against the New Orleans Saints and looked as if he would get right back on track for the second half of the season.

Any progress, however, stalled this afternoon in Tampa when the Bucs quickly fell behind the Texans and were forced to throw the ball to try and get back in it. As a result, Blount carried the ball only 10 times for a total of 34 yards, with no touchdowns - a disappointing day, to say the least. With Earnest Graham out, Blount will continue to get the lion's share of the carries. Fantasy owners just have to hope the Bucs don't trail by multiple touchdowns for most of the game like they did today.

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Josh Freeman Week 10 Fantasy Update: Buccaneers Quarterback Struggles Mightily Against Texans

Fantasy owners of Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman had to cover their eyes on Sunday afternoon as the Bucs quarterback likely had his worst game of the season at Raymond James Stadium. Freeman finished only 15 of 35 for 170 yards. Worst of all, the big quarterback threw three interceptions on the afternoon, including two on back to back passes in the third quarter that put the game out of reach. 

Freeman finally got on the board in the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass to wideout Preston Parker. Parker bobbled the ball as he went to the ground but it was ruled a touchdown for the Bucs, providing the one highlight of the day for Freeman owners. As a team, the Bucs limp to Lambeau Field next week to face the undefeated Packers. From a fantasy perspective, however, it can't get much worse for Freeman owners as the Packers have the 31st ranked pass defense in the league.

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Buccaneers Vs. Texans Score Update: Tampa Bay Blown Out At Home By Houston, 37-9

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell below .500 on Sunday afternoon after they were routed by the visiting Houston Texans. The final was 37-9 but the game was out of reach before the fourth quarter even began at Raymond James Stadium. Josh Freeman was underwhelming all day, throwing two costly picks on back-to-back passes in the third quarter that essentially iced the game for Houston.

The Bucs would get their first touchdown of the day in the fourth quarter, but it was clearly too little too late. Josh Freeman hit Preston Parker in the seam for a nine yard touchdown pass. Parker bobbled the ball as he went to the ground but held on as he crossed the plane for the touchdown. The Bucs failed on the subsequent two point conversion attempt. Freeman finished 15 of 35 for 170 yards and three interceptions.

Ben Tate would add a garbage time touchdown for the Texans to extend the lead to 37-9 and add insult to injury.

The Bucs have now lost three in a row and are looking for answers at 4-5. It doesn’t get any easier as they travel to Green Bay next week to face an undefeated Packers team.

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Buccaneers Vs. Texans Score Update: Houston Adds Two Touchdowns To Lead 30-3 After Three Quarters

A rout is on at Raymond James Stadium, as the Houston Texans offense has exploded on Sunday. A big third quarter extended the Texans’ lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to 30-3. While the Texans’ offense is in high gear, the Bucs and Josh Freeman have been quiet all afternoon.

Houston added their third touchdown of the day half way through the third to make it 23-3. Arian Foster carried it in from five yards out to cap a quick 7 play drive that took less than five minutes. The Texans would add to their lead with just over two minutes remaining in the quarter, when Derrick Ward – yes, that Derrick Ward – scored from four yards out.

Ward’s touchdown was set up by a Brian Cushing interception of Josh Freeman. It was the first of two as Freeman would be picked off on his next pass by defensive end Brice McCain to give the ball right back to the Texans, up 30-3 deep in Bucs’ territory.

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Buccaneers Vs. Texans: Tampa Trails Houston 16-3 After First Half

After one half at Raymond James Stadium, the Bucs trail the Houston Texans 16-3.

The Texans would extend their lead to 16-0 on a short pass to the flat from Matt Schaub to Arian Foster. 2010’s NFL rushing leader would take it to the end zone on an incredible move on the sidelines, cutting right past Sean Jones for a 78 yard touchdown.

Tampa Bay looked like they were going to finally end the shutout in the last two minutes of the half but a drive disappointingly stalled inside the ten yard line. On third and ten inside the 15 yard line, a Josh Freeman pass to the flat to Preston Parker came up two yards short. On fourth and two, Bucs head coach Raheem Morris elected to go for it. Freeman would heave a fade pass to the right corner of the end zone that was broken up by Kareem Jackson and the Bucs turned it over on downs.

Tampa, however, would finally get on the board as time expired in the first half when Houston quickly gave the ball back. Connor Barth converted a 55 yard field goal to make the score 16-3. The opportunity was set up when the Texans quickly went three and out and were forced to punt from their own four yard line. After the previously stalled drive inside the ten yard line, the Bucs utilized their final chance to get three on the board. They will receive the 2nd half kickoff.


Buccaneers Vs. Texans: Houston Leads 9-0 After First Quarter

The Houston Texans took a 9-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after one quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Matt Schaub, with Andre Johnson still out with a hamstring injury, was impressive throwing for 138 yards in the first quarter. A large chunk of that yardage was gained on the first play, when Schaub hit Jacoby Jones for an 80 yard touchdown on the first play of the game. Schaub rolled right and hit a wide open Jones who was rolling down the right half of the field with him. Jones would immediately cut back to the left and take it to the house for the opening score. The extra point was blocked by new Tampa starting defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

The Texans would add a field goal on a 14 play, 80 yard drive that took nearly 8 minutes of the first quarter. It appeared the drive would stall with an Aqib Talib interception, but the pick was overturned in the end zone when the Texans WR Derrick Mason reached back and knocked the ball loose before Talib could control the interception.


Texans Injury Report And Inactive List, Week 10: Andre Johnson, Danieal Manning Out Against Tampa

As expected, Texans Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson was officially listed among the inactives for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. Johnson has been dealing with a hamstring injury that has kept him on the sidelines for the past five weeks and luckily for the Bucs, that's where he will stay today as he doesn't want to take any chances with Houston on a bye next week. With Johnson out, expect a steady dose of Arian Foster today as he has nearly 160 yards from scrimmage over the Texans' past four games. On the offensive line, the Texans deactivated tackle Andrew Gardner, guard Thomas Austin, and tight end Garrett Graham.

On defense, the Texans will be without safety Danieal Manning who was ruled out with an ankle injury. In the defensive backfield, corner Sherrick McManis is also inactive for the Texans.

The full list of Texans inactives is below:

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Buccaneers Injury Report And Inactive List, Week 10: Franklin Okam and Dekoda Watson Inactive For Tampa Bay

Defensive tackle Franklin Okam is inactive for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the second straight week. Okam's calf injury clears the way for the newly signed Albert Haynesworth to get the start at defensive tackle. Linebacker Dekoda Watson is also inactive for the Bucs. Watson was questionable all week with a groin injury. In addition to Okam and Watson on the defensive side of the ball, defensive end Tim Crowder and cornerback Anthony Gaitor are also inactive for Tampa. It's the third straight game that Crowder has been inactive, as his role on defense has been marginalized. Myron Lewis is active in place for the inactive Gaitor.

On offense, wide receiver (and emergency QB) Micheal Spurlock is inactive for Tampa. Sammie Stroughter is active in place of Spurlock. On the offensive line, both Derek Hardman and James Lee are also inactive for the Bucs.

Here is the full list of the Bucs inactives for this week:

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Buccaneers Vs. Texans: Albert Haynesworth To Start, According To Report

According to a report from Adam Schefter, it appears the newest Tampa Bay Buccaneers signing, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, will start Sunday when Tampa Bay hosts the Houston Texans:

New Buccaneers DT Albert Haynesworth is starting today vs. Houston.
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Tampa Bay claimed Haynesworth earlier in the week to replace the injured Gerald McCoy. Haynesworth was waived by the New England Patriots after six games, in which he tallied three tackles (two solo).

For more Bucs analysis and fan conversation prior to Sunday afternoon's game against the Texans, stop by Bucs Nation. To learn more about the Texans prior to Sunday afternoon, visit Battle Red Blog.


Buccaneers Injury Report, Week 10: Original Starting Offensive Line Back In Place For Key Sunday Showdown With Texans

At 4-4, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face a critical home test against the Houston Texans in Week 10. Falling to 4-5 would not bury the Buccaneers' chances of making the playoffs, but it sure would put them squarely behind the eight-ball in the NFC South. The Atlanta Falcons (5-3) are hosting the New Orleans Saints (6-3) this Sunday, with the winner taking the lead in the division through ten weeks.

The Buccaneers have lost two in a row and have not had that winning feeling since Week 7 when they edged the New Orleans Saints, 26-20, at home. Sunday will be their first home game since that October 16th win. It will also be the first time since going to battle with their intended starting five along the offensive line.

It appears as if the Bucs will be back to full strength up front on Sunday against Houston, as Zuttah is poised to resume his role as the starting left guard.  He started at center in Week Seven with Faine out due to a biceps strain, then suffered his own knee injury against the Chicago Bears and was out for the bye week and last week’s rematch with the Saints.  Faine returned from his injury to start the game in New Orleans.

Here's the complete, official Friday injury report for the Buccaneers:


  • DT Frank Okam (calf)


  • LB Dekota Wilson (groin)


To keep pace with the explosive, well-balanced offense of the Texans, the Buccaneers certainly need Josh Freeman and Mike Williams to not only play, but play well. The good news though is that NFL games are often won in the trenches, and for the first time in a month, the Buccaneers will have their optimal starting five healthy and in their natural positions to help pave the way for an effective rushing attack and a clean pocket to throw from.

For more Bucs analysis and fan conversation prior to Sunday afternoon's game against the Texans, stop on by Bucs Nation.


Houston Texans Injury Report, Week 10: Andre Johnson Ruled Out For Sunday's Game Against Buccaneers

The Houston Texans will try to stay hot and win their fourth consecutive game when they travel to Tampa Bay to face the struggling Buccaneers Sunday afternoon. At 6-3, the Texans have a comfortable two game lead in the AFC South over the Tennessee Titans, who Houston beat in Week 7. 

That's not too surprising, but what is somewhat unexpected is how well the Texans have been playing offensively despite superstar wide receiver Andre Johnson being shelved with a hamstring injury for the past five weeks. In the four games without Johnson, Houston is averaging 415.6 yards per game (third in AFC) and is second only to the Steelers in offensive touchdowns during that time span. The loss of Johnson has coincided with the healthy return of Arian Foster however. The 2010 rushing leader has 158.6 scrimmage yards per game over Houston's last four games.

Houston will once again be without Johnson this Sunday, as he was ruled out against the Buccaneers prior to his team going on its bye in Week 11.

"I didn't practice, so we felt the best thing was just to wait and go through the off week," Johnson said.

Stay tuned for the full Buccaneers and Texans' injury reports this afternoon as we prepare for Sunday's critical game for Tampa Bay at Raymond Jones Stadium.  To learn more about the Texans prior to Sunday afternoon, visit Battle Red Blog.


Buccaneers Vs. Texans: NFL Week 10 Game Previews

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers find themselves in desperate need of a win in Week 10 if they hope to contend for a playoff berth in year two of the Raheem Morris and Josh Freeman era. The Buccaneers face a tough test though this Sunday on the road in Houston, where they'll play the Texans for just the third time ever. Houston leads the AFC South at 6-3 and are coming off three consecutive wins, all of which were conference games and impressive outcomes.

Let's take a look at the two teams' scant series history, some basic game information for Sunday, and a sampling of team and individual stats for both clubs.







Series tied, 1-1




Kubiak: 1-0

Morris: 0-0


W 30-12 vs. Browns

L 27-16 at Saints


12/9/07: Buccaneers 14 at Texans 28. Houston QB Sage Rosenfels passes for 209 yards & 3 TDs, all to different receivers, for 116.6 passer rating as Texans defeat Tampa Bay.


12/14/03: Buccaneers 16, Texans 3. Tampa Bay RB Thomas Jones rushes for 134 yards & scores game's only TD (18-yard run). Buccaneers K Martin Gramatica adds 3 FGs.


CBS (1:00 PM ET): Marv Albert, Rich Gannon. Westwood One Radio: Wayne Larrivee, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 117 (Hou.), 136 (TB).  XM: 235 (TB).




Schaub: 167-277-2,237-13-6-92.6 (3C)

Freeman: 193-307-2,004-8-10-76.8


Foster: 154-656 (3C)-4.3-5 (T3C)

Blount: 90-400-4.4-3


Daniels (TE): 34-447-13.1-3

Williams: 37-363-9.8-1


393.6 (3C)



+7 (2C)



274.0 (1L)



A. Smith: 4.5

Clayborn (R): 3


Allen, Joseph: 3

Barber, Jackson: 2


Hartmann (R): 43.4

Koenen: 45.8


Rackers: 80 (T1C) (26/26 PAT; 18/20 FG)

Barth: 61 (13/13 PAT; 16/18 FG)


For more Buccaneers coverage leading up to Sunday afternoon's game, stop on by Bucs Nation.


Week 10 NFL Lines And Odds Favor Texans Over Buccaneers

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-4) take the field this Sunday, Nov. 13, against the AFC South-leading Houston Texans (6-3), they'll do so as the underdogs despite having homefield advantage. SB Nation parter OddsShark lists the Texans as 3.5-point favorites in this matchup, the first between the two teams since 2007 and third since the Texans' inception in 2002. The over-under is set at 45.5.

It's easy to see why the oddsmakers prefer the Texans in this matchup, given the directions in which the two teams are trending: Houston has won each of its last three games, while the Bucs have lost two straight following an impressive victory against the New Orleans Saints.

The Texans own the league's No. 6 offense, averaging 26.2 points per game, and the NFL's No. 3 defense, allowing 17.4 points per game. The Buccaneers score 18.4 points per game (No. 24) and allow 24.5 points per game (No. 23).


Albert Haynesworth Claim: Newest Tampa Bay Buccaneer Could Play Sunday Vs. Houston Texans, Coach Says

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth addressed the media Thursday for the first time since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed him off waivers from the New England Patriots. Notably, reports Rick Stroud, Haynesworth explained his reasoning for not signing with the Buccaneers as a free agent in 2009. At the time, Haynesworth was coming off two consecutive Pro Bowl appearances and First-Team All-Pro selections, while Tampa Bay had lost four straight games to end their season at 9-7 and out of the playoff picture.

If the Bucs' disappointing end to that season affected Haynesworth's choice, he didn't say so Thursday. Instead, he cited Tampa Bay's weather as a negative. It's simply "too pretty, too much water, too much sun here," he said, according to Stroud. Further, says Stroud, Haynesworth had just bought a boat and "didn't trust himself to focus on football solely during the season."

But he's a Buccaneer now, two years after choosing the Washington Redskins in free agency instead. And there's a possibility he could play Sunday, Nov. 13 against the Houston Texans, coach Raheem Morris said, though he's yet to make that decision. If Haynesworth is in uniform, he'll likely play no more than 35 snaps.

Tampa Bay claimed Haynesworth for the express purpose of replacing the injured Gerald McCoy. GM Mark Dominik said he would not have claimed Haynesworth had McCoy been healthy.

New England waived Haynesworth after six games in which he tallied three tackles (two solo). The Patriots acquired him from Washington for a future fifth-round draft pick, but did not like what they saw from him and saw fit to release him.


Buccaneers Vs. Texans: Tampa Bay Can End Two-Game Skid In Houston

A loss would drop the Bucs below .500 for the first time since Week 1.

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