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.