Well, the Bucs played in Chicago just like they have much of the season. Last week's win provided hope for many but like I wrote this past week on BucsBlitz.com and mentioned on Gameday Uncensored on 98.7 The Fan, look at the Bucs with cautious optimism. Tampa Bay proved why on Sunday.
Tampa Bay dropped their ninth game of the season to give themselves a record of 2-9 on the season. They played hard, but turnovers led to points once again -- points off of drives in the red zone the Bucs' defense could not stop. Bottom line, Bucs shot themselves in the foot and that has been the story of the season so far.
"It's unfortunate. Ball goes off [Charles Sims'] hands and ends up in theirs," Josh McCown said about the interception he threw in the third quarter. "Those two [turnovers] right there back-to-back hurt us. It's tough but we have to do a better job of managing it."
The turnovers hurt the Bucs in a big way. Momentum immediately shifted to Chicago after Bears fans were constantly booing the team throughout the first half.
"One thing we talk about is the turnover ratio," head coach Lovie Smith said. "It's tough to win football games when you lose the turnover ratio. I think we had four turnovers and we were only able to take the ball away one time. normally that's tough duty especially on the road against a good football team."
There were opportunities on both sides of the ball to put the game out of reach and come away with a win. The Bears squandered lots of opportunities as well, but the Bucs left far more out on the field that led to their loss.
"[We] had a lot of opportunities, didn't capitalize on them enough," Smith added. "We dominated the first half, but you need to have more points that that."
The Bucs' 10-0 lead at the half wasn't enough as the Bears would eventually go on to win 21-13. But you felt the meltdown brewing. It was only a matter of time before the Bucs would finally be put away. That moment came once the second half started.
Cautious optimism. That's how you have to look at these 2014 Bucaneers.
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