Game #13 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Review

Hate to say it but this is yet another game where the offense started off real slow, the defense bent (a good bit in the first half) but never broke and really won this game for us.

Here’s what I saw:


Running game: Dunn (11/45), Vick (3/5), Norwood (7/32), Griffith (12/57, 1 TD). 5 of Dunn’s carries went for 4 yards or more. Not a bad day for Dunn until he got hurt. Vick was held in check by Tampa’s defensive scheme. 4 of Norwood’s carries went for 4 yards or more. He was having a really nice day until he injured his knee. Big day for Justin Griffith. The big man showed he could pick up the tough yards and made a great fake for a TD. Seeing him run in power situations and getting 2 to 4 yards a shot really makes you wonder why he hasn’t been used as our goal line back.

Breakdown of passes:

Vick: 14/23, 155 yards, 0 TD/1 INT. Breakdown of incompletions are: 5 bad throws, 1 pass defended (the INT because Lelie was at fault) , 1 throw away and 2 drops. The bad throws number was a little above the 25% but not a huge concern because most were on taking shots downfield and those are low percentage plays to begin with. Vick completed 61% of his passes and while not throwing for a TD, managed the game well.

Drops (2): Crumpler (9) and Jenkins (12).

Sack responsibility (2): The first sack was when Shelton Quarles trucked Dunn. The second was Vick running left then reversing field to the middle and getting sacked.

Pass blocking: The best word I could use is “adequate”. 7 hurries and 2 sacks. Just not good enough for the number of times we pass.

YTD Sacks (35):

Michael Vick 14 (5 rushing attempts that went for negative yards)
Matt Lehr 2.5
Kynan Forney 2
Eric Beverly 1
Wayne Gandy 5.0
Justin Griffith 1.0
Warrick Dunn 3.0
Alge Crumpler 1.0
Todd Weiner 1.0
Tyson Clabo 1.5
P.J. Alexander 1.0
“Scheme/No line adjustment” 1.0

Note: Vick sacks are those that he has at least 3 seconds and either chose to try to scramble or stayed in the pocket when the better decision would be to throw it away. Also includes those rushing attempts that go for 0 or negative yardage that for some reason are counted as a sack.


Run defense: Very good today. Gave up some yards here and there but really was stout all day long.

Pass Defense: It was pretty good. Rossum got picked on again and DHall got caught gambling a couple of times but other than a couple of long completions and the last drive of the game, nothing really major allowed.

1 sack: The lone sack was by Abraham and resulted in a fumble and the game-changing TD run by Demorrio Williams.

Special Teams:

Rossum had 3 kickoff returns for: 7 (fumbled out of bounds), 16 (to the 22), and 21 (to the 23). Extremely mediocre day.

Rossum also had 2 punt returns: -2 yards and 9 yards. Nothing special here either.

Koenen had 4 punts. 1: 33 yards, out of bounds at the 31 of TB. 2: 42 yards to the TB 28, returned 10 yards. 3: 35 yards, return of 12 to the 26 TB. 4: 41 yards, to the 14 out of bounds. The last two were kicked inside the 20 while the first two were very average. Okay day.

Kickoffs: Koenen had 4 kickoffs: 1: to the 10, returned to the 27. 2: to the endzone,touchback. 3: to the 5, returned to the 23. 4: to the goal line, returned to the 16. Pretty good day.

Field Goals: Andersen hit 1/1. Good from 23.

Special Teams leading tackler: John Leake had 2 solo and Jordan Beck had 3 total tackles.

Things that really need improvement:

1. Pass protection.
2. Better route running/separation/come back to ball.
3. Continue improvement on drops.

Offensive MVP: Justin Griffith

Defensive MVP: Keith Brooking 17 tackles AND John Abraham (3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 QB hurry and 1 fumble forced)
Special Teams MVP: Morten Andersen

Goat of the Week: Allen Rossum

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Next up: VS Dallas, December 16!