Too Little Too Late

The Bucs are struggling to put together a winning streak having won every other game following their 17-0 domination in Philadelphia back in week one. The only good news for Bucs' fans on Sunday was the loss suffered by Carolina at the hands of Houston. The Bucs and Saints are both 4-4, and still in the hunt for the NFC South crown.

The Buccaneers have already suffered their fair share of heartbreak at home watching helplessly as opposing kickers kick field goals in the closing minutes of games to lead their teams to victory over the defending Super Bowl Champions. The Saints defense, which was torched for 55 points by Indianapolis, shut the Bucs out for three quarters. On Sunday the Saints took a page out of the Bucs' game plan and dominated with their defense. The Bucs are supposed to be the ones who force six turnovers and run back interceptions for touchdowns.

Ashley Ambrose intercepted two Brad Johnson passes and ran the second one back for a 73 yard touchdown. Willie Whitehead sacked Johnson three times, leading the defensive line that had the Buccaneer quarterback running for his life all afternoon.

The Bucs seemed to be able to move the ball at will when they ere not fumbling the ball. The offense did not give up, battling back and tying the game when all appeared to be lost. Keyshawn Johnson had a good statistical afternoon, but still managed to drop three passes. The best receiver on the roster is still Keenan McCardell who hauled in a beautiful over the shoulder catch on 4th and four to tie the game at 14 a piece.

The game was not tied for long as the Saints marched with ease into field goal range. It was almost as if the fans expected the Bucs to lose, even after the late rally. People were saying, " here we go again", before the Saints even reached the 50 yard line.

The Bucs are still a great team, but they have been playing against themselves all year and their record reflects it. When the Bucs are on they look unbeatable, hopefully they can right the ship in Carolina next week and pull within one game of the division leaders. The saints have a bye and are gearing up for a playoff run of their own. So buckle your seat belts, because the race for the NFC South is just getting started.

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