Bucs fans are glowing with the 3rd straight home win by Tampa Bay at Raymond James. Talk can finally end on how the Bucs have lost so many of the last number of games at Raymond James, which was irrelevant because the first year’s team was completely different than this team. Now the Bucs are 3-3 this year at home, and 5-1 on the road; that is the makings of a powerhouse playoff team.
More important is to win your division games at home, and while the Bucs have beaten the Saints and Falcons once in a while, and finally beat the Panthers this year to start off this whole thing (Bucs are 7-2 in last 9 games since MNF win over Carolina), the main thing is finally beating New Orleans, in Tampa.
How long has it been since the Bucs beat the saints in Tampa? The very last time the Bucs were considered winners!
The Bucs had completed their great 2010 season with the youngest team in the league taking over with Josh Freeman, LeGarrett Blount, Kellen Winslow Jr and Mike Williams…they just missed the playoffs in 2010 by a tie breaker, so the team was determined to win in 2011.
After a 7 point loss to the new Lions, the Bucs came to life at halftime and beat Minnesota, then Beat Atlanta for the first time in years at home in a dramatic game. The Bucs tricked the Falcons into jumping offsides on 4th and 2 inside the 2 minute warning, ending the game. The Win set the Bucs up as 1-0 in division, then hosted the powerful Saints. Tampa Bay kept up with New Orleans, and at the end of the game, Quincy Black intercepted Brees to seal the win.
The Bucs were 4-2, 2-0 in the division, and on their way to becoming one of the most successful young teams in the NFL.
Except that didn’t happen. The Bucs went to London to play the Bears, got there a week early and practiced in the Bucs UK’s back door. The Bears showed up last minute, looking jet lagged when they showed up at the stadium, and proceeded to whip the sleepwalking Bucs who acted like the NFL should bow to their greatness.
reports came out later of Aquib Talib shouting profanity and the head coach in the lobby. With no veteran leadership, and a team of youngsters and Head Coach barely older than the team, it was a recipe for disaster.
With Blount unable to wake up without a driver being sent to his house, the youngsters running the show, the Bucs lost ten games in a row, finished last in the NFC South, and have been there ever since. 3 head coaches have been fired since then, and neither one could cure the losing.
That was the last time the Buccaneers beat the Saints in Tampa. The fans felt good afterwards then just like last night. Difference is all in the details; the Bucs are 8-5 for the first time since 2010. More on that story tomorrow!
SIGNS OF CHANGE?
Stay tuned tonight as I show proof the Bucs have turned the corner, at least with the fans!