Bucs Schedule Two Practices for Bye Week

The Buccaneers would have liked to glide into their bye week with a victory, but Billy Cundiff’s last-second field goal on Sunday denied them of that privilege.  Still, the team is sure to enjoy some extra rest and recuperation before starting up again versus the Kansas City Chiefs on October 14.

As usual, Tampa Bay will also get in some extra work during their game-less week.  The Bucs will practice on Tuesday and Wednesday and then the players will be given the rest of the week off, through Sunday.  Preparations for the Kansas City Chiefs will begin the following Monday, October 8.

Head Coach Greg Schiano will still hold his day-after-game press conference on Monday at the usual time, 4:45 p.m. ET.  It will be carried live on Buccaners.com, as will his two post-practice briefings on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Schiano Looking for More Consistency

The Buccaneers played another thriller on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.  That has been pretty much a constant during the first quarter of the season, in which all four of Tampa Bay’s games have been decided by seven points or less, and all four have come down to plays made (or not made) in the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately, the Bucs have lost three of those four games.  The latest one, a 24-22 defeat at the hands of the Washington Redskins, might have been the most painful, not only because the Bucs were at home but because they had the lead with a little less than two minutes to play.  As it turned out, the defense was unable to stop Robert Griffin III from rallying Washington to a last-second victory, but Head Coach Greg Schiano’s concerns with the outcome actually had more to do with how his team got itself in that precarious position.

“We’re a team – and I don’t know any team in the National Football League that isn’t – that’s going to be in the fourth quarter, tight ballgames, and we need to find a way to win,” said Schiano, noting that the Bucs went to double digits in penalties for the second straight week and was responsible for the game’s only giveaway, a second-quarter interception.  “This one, if you don’t make all those errors…I don’t know.  I don’t know what the game’s going to look like.  But it doesn’t matter, we did make the errors.  We have to stop playing that way.  My hat’s off to Washington – they made the plays when they had to make them.”

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Bucs’ Trust in Barth Growing by the Week

You know you trust your kicker when you purposely position him for a 47-yard field goal with the game on the line.

The Buccaneers did that on Sunday against the Redskins.  Sure, they would have liked to see a third-and-nine pass to Tiquan Underwood go for double figures, thus extending the drive and either killing more of the clock or leading to a touchdown.  But it was a high-percentage play that, at the least, was likely to get four or five yards before Barth took the field. Continue reading

Redskins 24, Buccaneers 22: Game Statistics

Following a slow first half start by the Buccaneers offense, the team seems to have found their rhythm in the second half, looking like a completely different squad.

Freeman, who had just 80 yards and one interception in the first half of the game, ended with 299 passing yards and added a passing touchdown. Vincent Jackson, who was on the receiving end of the TD pass, ended the game with six completions for 100 yards. Fellow WR Mike Williams had four grabs for 115 yards. It is the first game since 1992 that the Buccaneers have had two receivers break 100 yards in a game.

Buccaneers’ running back Doug Martin led the team in rushing with 33 yards on eight carries, but the rushing play of the game came on a two-yard LeGarrette Blount power run up the middle for a score. Blount ended the game with 17 yards on six carries.

Defensively, this is the first game of the year where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did not record a turnover. Rookie safety Mark Barron did force a fumble, but it was jumped on in the end zone by Redskin WR Pierre Garcon for a touchdown. Lavonte David led the team with 14 total tackles. The team recorded two sacks.

Nine of the Bucs’ 22 points came on Connor Barth field goals. Barth extended his NFL-leading consecutive field goal streak to 25. He connected from 50, 57 and 47 yards out.

For the Redskins, QB Robert Griffin III completed 26 of 35 passes for 323 yards. The Buccaneers’ did not allow him a passing touchdown, but he did cross the goal line on a five-yard carry. He ended the game with 43 yards rushing.

TE Fred Davis led the Washington receivers with four catches for 70 yards. WR Josh Morgan added four catches for 62 yards and WR Leonard Hankerson caught seven balls for 57 yards. Alfred Morris was the game’s top runner, scoring on a 39-yard run and ending the game with 113 yards on the ground.

The game was won on a 41-yard Billy Cundiff field goal with three seconds remaining in the game. Prior to that attempt, Cundiff had missed all of his field goal tries.

The Buccaneers will head into their bye week, 1-3. They will face the 1-3 Kansas City Chiefs at home on Sunday, October 14.

Redskins’ Late Drive and Field Goal Win Game: 24-22

Following the Connor Barth field goal that put the Bucs up 22-21, the Michael Koenen kickoff went into the end zone for a touchback. The Redskins’ began their drive at the 20-yard line, with 1:42 left in the game.

Redskins’ QB Robert Griffin III connected on three quick passes to WR Santana Moss, TE Fred Davis and RB Evan Royster, bringing the ball to the Buccaneers’ 41-yard line and the clock to 38 seconds.

Griffin took the next snap and scrambled for a 15-yard gain, his longest of the night, setting up Washington at the 26. A false start pushed them back to the 31. And with 18 seconds left, Griffin completed another pass to Moss, putting Cundiff in field goal range.

Cundiff, after missing three kicks so far in the game, hit from 41 yards out to effectively seal the game.

With three seconds left, the Buccaneers lateraled the ensuing kickoff a few times before it rolled out of bounds, ending the game. 24-22 Washington Redskins.

Connor Barth Adds Late Field Goal, Bucs Lead

Let the MVP chants commence! Connor Barth was good for the third time today to give the Buccaneers a late lead, 22-21. 1:42 remains on the game clock.

The drive started with less than four minutes left in the game on the Buccaneers’ own 36-yard line. A first down completion to Dallas Clark brought the ball across mid-field, then WR Tiquan Underwood pulled in a 19-yard sliding grab over the middle, putting the Bucs’ in Connor Barth’s field goal range.

Barth had already hit from 50 and 54 yards-out this game. This 47-yarder is his 25th consecutive field goal.

Bucs Driving to Take the Lead at Two Minute Warning

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers look like an entirely different team than they did in the first half of this football game.

The Buccaneers began the current drive at their own 36-yard line with just over 3:30 remaining in the game. Down by two, they needed to drive the ball at least into K Connor Barth’s field goal range.

A seven-yard Doug Martin run and 4-yard completion to TE Dallas Clark gave the Buccaneers a first down near mid-field. Freeman then hit WR Tiquan Underwood over the middle on a nice sliding grab that ended in a 19-yard gain at the Washington 34.

Two minutes remain in the game.

Buccaneer Defense Comes Up Big

The Buccaneers’ defense made a crucial stop, forcing a three-and-out punt from the Redskins with under four minutes remaining in the game.

Two passes fell short and Redskin QB Robert Griffin III’s third down scramble fell a foot short of the first down marker.

Buccaneers PR Roscoe Parrish returned the punt 13 yards, setting up the Bucs at the Tampa Bay 36-yard line. There is 3:38 left on the clock, with the Buccaneers down by two, 21-19.

Vincent Jackson Eclipses 100 Yards Receiving Mark

The latest Buccaneers’ scoring drive was set up by two big receptions by WR Vincent Jackson.

The second of the two, a 22-yarder over the middle, gave Vincent Jackson 100 receiving yards so far in the game. This is the second time this season that he has compiled a 100 yard game.

He joins fellow WR Mike Williams, who has 115 receiving yards on four catches. It is the first time since September 13, 1992, that two Buccaneers receivers have broken the 100-yard mark in the same game. In that game against the Green Bay Packers, Mark Carrier and Lawrence Dawsey hauled in a combined 222 receiving yards.

LeGarrette Blount Powers into End Zone

The Buccaneers quickly took advantage of the Redskins’ failed 31-yard field goal attempt, starting their drive at the 21-yard line.

Freeman connected on a 54-yard pass to Vincent Jackson and after a short run the two hooked up again for a 22-yard play which set up the Bucs’ offense at the two yard line.

Following an incomplete pass, RB LeGarrette Blount took the handoff up the middle and powered through the Redskins’ defense for the touchdown, his first of the season.

A false start on the two-point conversion attempt pushed the try back to the seven yard line and the pass fell incomplete. The Redskins still lead, 21-19.