Bucs look to stay ahead of schedule

Imran Ahmed, Web Editor

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to continue their surprise run in 2010 with a huge NFC showdown against the Atlanta Falcons . With throwback week coming up expect a big turnout for one of many premier matchups in the NFL in week 13. The Bucs come into this game with a 7-4 record with no quality wins but have held their ground against high caliber teams like the Falcons earlier in the season at the Georgia Dome and last week in Baltimore, losing by only a measly touchdown. Josh Freeman has played exceptionally wel,l throwing for over 2200 yards and 15 touchdowns with only five interceptions. The resurgence of Cadillac Williams and rookie LeGarette Blount has led to a surprisingly efficient running game this season. The pass defense has also been superb with Aqib Talib intercepting six passes and making quarterbacks think twice before throwing in his direction. The one weak part of the Bucs this season has to be the youth and the lack of a consistent run defense and pass rush. Although they did sack the San Francisco 49ers QB Troy Smith six times and held RB Frank Gore to 13 rushing yards, they haven’t held opponents under 100 rushing yards any other week and had only sacked the QB eight times prior to the 49ers contest.
The Bucs may not be the best in the NFC as Raheem Morris proclaimed earlier season but they still have a solid record and have taken care of business against some of the weaker teams this season. Raheem Morris also proclaimed the magic number to reach the playoffs is winning 10 games. With only 5 games left, three of them being against Seattle, Washington and Detroit, anything short of 10 wins will be a massive disappointment for Bucs fans in a season where many had anticipated the Bucs to have another losing season. The element of surprise and stellar play from rising superstar Josh Freemanhas led this team to believe for the first time in years.