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Injuries, Stifled Offense, & Questionable Calls Stake Ravens To A 17-3 Lead At Half

Rookie Safety Cody Grimm has far exceeded the expectations of his 7th round pick status so far this season but his injury in the 2nd quarter in Baltimore may be a bigger loss than the Buccaneers anticipated.

Grimm was hurt on the return of a dazzling Aqib Talib interception where he caught the ball between his ankles and after leaving the game with an apparent ankle injury it took little time for Sabby Piscatelli to remind Bucs fans why he’s been riding the bench all season long. Two plays and one big blown coverage later the Baltimore Ravens took a 10-3 lead as Todd Heap ran through the secondary unaccounted for and rumbled for the longest play of the Ravens season.

After another short, futile series by the Buccaneer offense, Joe Flacco would engineer a two minute drill aided by a terrible pass interference call on a play that should of never been flagged. Flacco would cap the drive with an easy touchdown flick to Derek Mason, opening up a 17-3 lead.

The Buccaneers offense has continued to be shut down, mustering only three points on a Connor Barth field goal following the Talib interception. Young Josh Freeman will be burdened with the task of engineering yet another come from behind victory in the second half today if the Bucs hope to win this one, as they will head to the locker room down by two touchdowns.

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