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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Strategy and Personnel 2008-09-30


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Strategy and Personnel 2008-09-30
PLAYER NOTES


--SS Sabby Piscitelli has an elbow injury and his status for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos is unknown.

--RB Earnest Graham is the only player in the NFL with three runs of more than 45 yards this season.

--DE Gaines Adams is tied with LB Barrett Ruud for the team lead with two interceptions.

--CB Ronde Barber is fourth on the Bucs career games list at 165. He moved past former S John Lynch on Sunday.

--P Josh Bidwell's 64-yard punt in the first quarter was the longest by a Buc since Tom Tupa (also 64) on Sept. 29, 2002 vs. Chicago.

--G Davin Joseph still is recovering from a broken right foot and not expected to play Sunday against the Broncos.

--WR Joey Galloway has a right foot sprain and will be questionable against the Broncos.

REPORT CARD VS. PACKERS

PASSING OFFENSE: D -- The Bucs are winning despite the turnovers by QB Brian Griese. He nearly blew the game Sunday against the Packers with three second-half INTs. There also were several dropped passes, including one by Michael Clayton. The real positive is the pass protection. Griese has not been sacked in 97 passing attempts the past two games.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- Earnest Graham is a home run hitter, particularly in the fourth quarter. He put the game away with his 47-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter, his third run of more than 45 yards this season. Tailback Warrick Dunn is averaging 4.7 yards per game.

PASS DEFENSE: C -- CB Ronde Barber continues to struggle. He was beaten for the third time in four games for a touchdown. But the Bucs made life miserable for Aaron Rodgers, who was sacked three times and threw three interceptions.

RUSH DEFENSE: A -- The Bucs confused the Packers a bit by their ability to stop the run using their Cover Two defense. Packers running back Ryan Grant was held to just 20 yards on 15 carries, forcing Rodgers into some bad down and distance situations. LB Derrick Brooks played like he was 25 instead of 35.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- What else can you say about Matt Bryant? One day after burying his 3-month old son, Tryson, Bryant made all three field-goal attempts and three PATs. P Josh Bidwell boomed a 64-yard punt, and rookie Dexter Jackson finally ran strong on some kickoff returns.

COACHING: A - Winning three straight games after losing the season opener is hard to do in the NFL. It's even harder when you fall behind twice in the fourth quarter.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 30, 2008

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