Buccaneers Vs. Titans: Tampa Bay Loses Fifth Straight Game, 23-17, To Tennessee

Chris Johnson rushed for a season high 190 yards against the Bucs defense, while Josh Freeman and the offense managed only one offensive touchdown in Nashville.

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Mike Williams Fantasy Update: Buccaneers Wide Receiver Has Productive Day Against Titans

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' wide receiver Mike Williams had another productive day on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman consistently looked towards Williams, targeting him a team-leading 11 times on Sunday. Williams pulled down six catches for 84 total yards.

One of his six catches was for the Buccaneers only offensive touchdown on the day. He caught a 3 yard TD pass from Josh Freeman on a quick slant down by the goal line with just 16 seconds remaining in the first half. Williams fantasy owners also got a boost on the Bucs final drive of the game, when Freeman hit Williams for two 23 yard gains as the Bucs attempted pull off a last minute game-winning drive. Williams heads into the Carolina game next week looking for his third straight touchdown-scoring Sunday.

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Kellen Winslow Week 12 Fantasy Update: Tampa Tight End With 5 Catches In Loss To Titans

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow had his best game of the season last week in a monster day against the Green Bay pass defense. This week, Winslow had a steady performance but was not able to replicate the kind of production delivered last week.

The Bucs tight end finished with five catches for 52 yards. He was targeted by quarterback Josh Freeman seven times, second only to leading receiver Mike Williams. It was a productive day, but hardly the 130+ yard day he enjoyed last week. Winslow and the Bucs will look to end their five game losing streak next week when they host the Carolina Panthers.

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Josh Freeman Week 12 Fantasy Update: Bucs Quarterback Throws For 199 Yards In Fifth Straight Loss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman was coming off one of his best games of the season in Green Bay, but his success last week was not duplicated this week in Tennessee. Freeman finished Sunday's game against the Titans 18 for 33 for 199 yards. He did manage to hit Mike Williams for a touchdown at the end of the first half, which provided some measure of redemption for fantasy owners. Freeman also had a couple turnovers this afternoon, throwing a bad interception after the Titans took a 20-17 fourth quarter lead. Earlier, he lost a fumble when he was strip sacked trying to wind up and throw a delayed wide receiver screen to the outside. Overall, it was a disappointing day for Freeman and the Bucs offense, who managed to score only one touchdown en route to losing their fifth straight game.

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LeGarrette Blount Week 12 Fantasy Update: Tampa Running Back Breaks 100 Yard Mark Again

While the outcome for the Bucs was still the same, LeGarrette Blount had another big day at running back. Blount broke the century mark for the second straight week on the road, carrying the ball 20 times for 103 yards in Nashville on Sunday afternoon. Blount was unable to duplicate his scoring efforts, however, as he was held out of the end zone on the afternoon. After last week's "run of the year" in Green Bay, Blount had another amazing scamper down the sidelines in Tennessee, highlighted by his patented hurdle over an oncoming tackler.

Fantasy owners of Blount have to be pleased with his production, as he added 3 catches for 56 yards in addition to the 103 yards on the ground. After the Week 5 injury in San Francisco, Blount appears to be hitting a late season stride, even if the Bucs cannot buy a win on the field.

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Buccaneers Vs. Titans: Tampa Loses Fifth Straight Game In Tennessee

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost their fifth straight game on Sunday, falling to the Tennessee Titans at LP Field in Nashville. The Titans scored a go-ahead touchdown with just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. They took the 20-17 lead on a fourth and goal play which broke the backs of a Bucs defense which had held Matt Hasselbeck in check for most of the day. Hasselbeck moved around in the pocket and was able to buy time, finding an open Damian Williams in the back of the end zone for the score.

Looking to respond on the subsequent possession, Josh Freeman would throw his first interception of the day on a terrible throw down the middle in traffic. Freeman hit Titans linebacker Colin McCarthy right in the chest, and Tennessee would quickly add a Rob Bironas for a six point lead. The Titans would try and wind the clock down with running back Chris Johnson, who had his best game of the season, rushing for 190 yards on 23 carries.

After the pick, Freeman nearly drove the Bucs down the field for a winning score but their drive stalled on the edge of the red zone. Freeman hit mike Williams on two 23 yard completions to move the Bucs to the 25 yard line, but on fourth and one, Freeman would fumble on a QB sneak - putting the ball on the ground before he even dove into the pile to try and convert the first down. The Bucs would turn it over on downs, and lose their fifth straight game in what is the most trying stretch of Raheem Morris's tenure.

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Buccaneers Vs. Titans: Aqib Talib Pick Six Gives Tampa 17-10

Aqib Talib gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their first touchdown lead of the day, as the Tampa defense continues to impress in Nashville. The Bucs' cornerback jumped in front of a Matt Hasselbeck pass over the middle and brought the ball across the field and covered 27 yards, taking it to the house for the 17-10 lead. The touchdown came on Talib's first interception of the 2011 season. It was Hasselbeck's second interception of the day, with Geno Hayes picking him off in the first quarter. Leading 17-13, the Bucs are trying to avoid a winless month of November and are staying in it with constant pressure on Hasselbeck. Video of the interception below:

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Buccaneers Vs. Titans Score Update: Late Tampa Touchdown Ties It, 10-10

The Tampa Bay defense has kept the Bucs in the game throughout the first half at LP Field in Nashville. Tennessee's only touchdown of the day came on a special teams trick play, a reverse handoff kick return for a touchdown. The Bucs' defense has forced one Matt Hasselbeck interception, in addition to recovering a Javon Ringer fumble.

The Bucs' offense was finally able to break through 16 seconds remaining in the half. Josh Freeman found Mike Williams on a quick slant three yard touchdown, evening the game at 10-10. Freeman put the ball where only Williams could get, hitting him at the waist as the receiver cut inside and went to the ground. Freeman went ten for 18 in the first half.

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Buccaneers Vs. Titans: Tennessee Takes 7-3 Lead On Reverse Kickoff Return

The Tennessee Titans took a 7-3 lead on Sunday afternoon with some special teams trickery. Tommie Campbell scored the Titans' first touchdown of the day on an 84 yard kick off return. Wide receiver Marc Mariani fielded the kick before sprinting out to about the twenty yard line. Campbell came streaking from his left to take a reverse hand off and scamper down the right sideline untouched. With the new kick off rules and proliferation of touchbacks, it's more and more difficult to be able to execute this kind of special teams trick play. It's a play that is often tried unsuccessfully but definitely caught the Bucs off guard, putting the Titans up 7-3. Video of the play below:

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Buccaneers Vs. Titans Injury Report: DE Michael Bennett Inactive In Week 12 For Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, losers of five of their last six games, travel to Tennessee Sunday afternoon, hoping to avoid a winless November. An already banged-up defensive front will be without defensive end Michael Bennett, as he was just placed on the Week 12 inactives list. The full list, via the Buccaneers official twitter feed:

Bucs' IAs today: CB A.Gaitor, DE D.Te'o-Nesheim, LB Z.Diles, DE M.Bennett, G D.Hardman, T J.Lee and WR M.Spurlock. D.Bowers to start at LE.
Nov 27 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

The Titans have also just released their inactives list. The biggest loss for Tennessee will be linebacker Barrett Ruud, who suffered a groin injury last week against the Atlanta Falcons and will not suit up against the Buccaneers in Week 12. Full list of Titans inactives via the team's official twitter feed:

#Titans inactives: QB R. Smith, RB J. Harper, LB B. Ruud, C K. Matthews, DT Z. Clayton, T D. Stewart, WR D. Avery
Nov 27 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

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LeGarrette Blount Fantasy Projection Week 12

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to avoid going winless in November as they take on the Tennessee Titans. Running back LeGarrette Blount should have a solid fantasy day against the Titans defense. Here is what numberFire projects for Blount on Sunday:

17.95 car, 77.28 yds, 1.15 rec for 8.59 yds, 0.64 TDs for 12.44 pts

The Titans defense currently ranks 22nd against the run, giving up 124 yards rushing per game on the season. The Titans have only given up 5 rushing touchdowns however, and only 8 rushing plays of 20 yards or more. Blount will get the vast majority of the touches out of the backfield for the Buccaneers, including on third downs. Blount should be a starter for you in most fantasy football leagues, at least a RB2.

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Josh Freeman Fantasy Projection Week 12

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to avoid going winless in November as they take on the Tennessee Titans. Quarterback Josh Freeman got off to a rough fantasy start to the season, but he's projected to do fairly well against the Titans. Here is what numberFire thinks Freeman will do on Sunday:

20.98/33.96, 234.27 yds, 1.20 TDs, 1.06 INTs for 14.44 pts

In most leagues, Freeman is going to be the type of quarterback that you play the match ups with, or will be a spot starter in case of injury. He's projected around 14 points in standard league scoring. The Titans currently rank 16th against the pass, giving up 233.4 yards per game in the air. The Titans defense has also given up the second least passing plays of over 40 yards.

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Buccaneers Vs. Titans: Time, TV Schedule, Radio Streaming And More

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6) hope to right the ship when they travel to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans (5-5) Sunday afternoon at LP Field.

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Week 12 NFL Lines And Odds: Buccaneers Underdogs Against Titans

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head to LP Field this Sunday, Nov. 27, to take on the Tennessee Titans hoping to end their four-game losing streak. The oddsmakers don't believe they'll do so against the Titans, whom they favor by three to 3.5 points in most outlets, according to SB Nation partner OddsShark. The over-under ranges between 42 and 43, depending on the outlet.

History is not on the Bucs' side. As OddsShark notes, they've never beaten the Titans on the road, not even when the team was based in Houston and called the Oilers. However, Tennessee has battled issues with consistency throughout the season, and "typically beats bad teams and loses to good ones. At 4-6 and with an average scoring margin of minus-8.6, Tampa Bay certainly qualifies as a "bad team" at this point in the season.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injury Report Week 12: Michael Bennett Misses Practice

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got back to the practice field today, but were missing one of their defensive ends. Michael Bennett missed practice dealing with groin injury. The Bucs have dealt with some injuries on their defensive line all season, especially with defensive tackle Brian Price. Price was limited in practice dealing with a forearm injury.

The Bucs also had a few players return back to practice in full, having dealt with injuries last week. Safety Tanard Jackson, who's been nursing a hamstring injury was a full participant today, as was offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood (knee) and linebacker Dekoda Watson (groin).

Tight end Kellen Winslow also missed practice, but it was not injury related. The Bucs have certainly gotten healthier after having dealt with key injuries at critical positions early in the year.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Release Frank Okam, Cite Injury To Michael Bennett As Rationale

In a somewhat baffling roster move, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided on Tuesday to release defensive tackle Frank Okam from their active roster. To fill his open slot, the Buccaneers then signed defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim off the Eagles' practice squad.

This move was rather surprising. Okam was a highly regarded tackle that had just recovered from an injury, and the Bucs are weak at the tackle position. However, the Bucs did have a reason for this switch:

But we've since learned that today's roster moves were impacted by an undisclosed injury to starting left defensive Michael Bennett, who the team fears might miss time in the coming weeks. Bennett had been coping with a groin injury last week and, in accordance with league rules, was listed on the injury report. Still, he managed to be in the starting lineup against Green Bay. It's not clear whether this latest injury concern is related to the groin injury or a new injury. (Stephen Holder, St. Petersburg Times)

Te'o-Nesheim does have some upside -- he was a third round pick in 2010 -- so the Buccaneers must be hoping he can fill in for Bennett if he needs to miss significant time. Even if Bennett doesn't miss much time, he could also see some time on the field with the Bucs' special teams. 

For more on how this roster move affects the Buccaneers, check out the coverage at SB Nation's blog on the Buccaneers, Bucs Nation.

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