Tampa Bay lived up to their reputation …..

November 29, 2010 |

For the last week, I’ve been standing beside the one consistent trait that really describes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers success in this 2010 season.

And we know exactly what it is …..


Yesterday, was just the latest example of the Bucs’ predictability …..

But, if we’re being completely honest, Tampa Bay was never closer than a touchdown away from tying the game, after the first few minutes of the 2nd quarter.

They played “catch up” nearly all day.

That’s exactly how they played against the Steelers and Saints, earlier this year. And, if you want to mention the closely fought game, in Atlanta, just remember they’re a divisional rival.

I’m not beating up on the Buccaneers; they’re a young, opportunistic team. Raheem Morris has them subscribing to an obvious TEAM-FIRST mentality and they’re thriving on his enthusiastic approach.

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 28: Carnell Williams  and Earnest Graham  of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers huddle with teammates before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Buccaneers 17-10. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

That said, they win the games against bad opponents, while losing against the better ones.

That’s the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But, let’s also give due credit to the team that stood on the opposite side of the field, during yesterday’s game …..

I don’t wanna hear “the Bucs beat themselves.” If you want to see an example of a team beating itself, simply watch the highlights from Buffalo, yesterday.

The Ravens did not necessarily dominate the Buccaneers, but they absolutely played a much cleaner, efficient game. Penalties and moving the ball when it mattered most, were crucial to the final result.

Aside from 3rd down frustrations and an ill-timed Joe Flacco interception, the Ravens performed a rather methodic dissection of a lesser talented and disciplined team.

The Bucs never really had an answer for Derrick Mason and clear communication breakdowns existed on big plays to Todd Heap and TJ Houshmandzadeh. Once again, such liabilities are indicative young, inexperienced franchises.

Could things have gone differently? Was the game ever really in question? Nah …..