Tag: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
At 9-3 for the season, the Denver Broncos have proved that their call earlier this year to let go off Tim Tebow and bring back a veteran and experienced quarterback such as Peyton Manning to lead the pack. Sure there were many concerns regarding the 5 neck surgeries that Manning had undergone, and let’s not forget that he was out for an entire season before he made his change from the Indianapolis Colts to play with the Denver Broncos. And yet, not only can you teach an old dog some new tricks, as a matter of fact, an experienced quarterback and amazing leader as Manning can make miracles for a team’s morale. At 9-3 for the season and with a 7-game win streak, the Denver Broncos have now secured their spot for the NFL playoffs.
The Broncos signed Manning at a bargain price. Why, because the team letting him go was unsure if he could deliver. Curiously enough, Peyton Manning now has 29 touchdown passes this season, passing Jake Plummer and John Elway for the most scoring throws in a single season. And he still has four more games to go this season. The offensive prowess of the Broncos is just mind blowing. Truth is that Manning makes it all look too easy. The 36-year-old quarterback completed 27 of 38 passes for 242 yards, completing three touchdown passes and 1 interception. He brilliantly lead the Broncos to a 30-plus point win for the sixth time over their seven-game win streak. Certainly a huge improvement over what we say last season. Sure enough, Tim Tebow was algo able to win the AFC West Title last year, but he did it with an 8-8 record and played close-to-the-vest, low-scoring games.
But it was more than just Manning making the headlines. Mitch Unrein, the second year defensive lineman from Wyoming had a big role in this win. Unrein caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Manning for a 7-0 lead midway into the first quarter. He followed that up with a big hit on Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman that forced a bad throw that ended up in Von Miller’s hads who sprinted for the endzone and gave the Broncos a 10-28 lead late in the third quarter.
Josh Freeman, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, finished the game with 18 of 39 passing for 242 yards with 2 touchdown passes and one interception. “The hype these guys get, it’s well deserved,” Freeman said in the postgame press conference about the defeat. “They get after it. The front four, they do a good job of timing their blitzes. The Denver defense played a great game today.” Oh they certainly did. Let it there be no doubt about that one.
Manning on the other hand didn’t want to celebrate too much. He know he had a good game, but he’s trying to stay focused on the bigger picture. “What I liked about the second touchdown was that Demaryius was seeing the same thing I was seeing,” Manning said to a reporter after the game. “We had another route on. We changed it at the line. We were thinking along the same lines. I like to see the communication, the growth.”
As it is usually the case when a new talented player hits the No. 1 draft pick, many fans and reporters alike begin to wonder if he’s really as good as many say. Truth is that this critics do have a good point, it is not every season that the No. 1 pick in the draft goes on to become a successful NFL player. Because the bottom line is this simple: success in NCAA football is by no means a warranty nor is it an omen of a promising future among the pros. So when Cam Newton came in with the Carolina Panthers and made his first few throws as a pro, many of his critics didn’t believe he had what it takes to become a top-notch quarterback in the NFL. Towards the end of his first season, and despite the unsuccessful 6-9 season record for the Carolina Panthers, many are starting to believe.
If the Panthers are going to be finishing this year with a negative record it’s not because of the lack of talent or determination from their starting quarterback, but because it takes more than just one motivated player to get things moving in an NFL team. One thing is for certain, Cam Newton is having a great season. He has now worked his way into the list of the first five NFL players to reach 20 or more touchdown passes in their rookie year behind Peyton Manning, Charlie Connerly and tied with Andy Dalton and Dan Marino. And as if that was not enough, he has just recently surpassed Peyton Manning as the rookie with more yards passing in his rookie season.
In his latest game Newton set a franchise record with a 91-yard touchdown beautiful pass to Brandon LaFell in the second quarter as the Carolina Panthers handed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their ninth straight defeat, 48-16 on Saturday. Newton finished the night with 12 of 17 passing for 171 yards with 3 touchdown passes and no interceptions. Just to prove that he is certainly an all around player capable of phenomenal passing but great mobility and speed, he also ran for a 49-yard touchdown down the middle, outracing the Bucs defense for a score.
The Carolina Panthers have now won 4 of their last 5 games and although they still have no real chances of making it into the postseason, overall we could say that this has been a good season for a team that is yet to really take advantage of the possibilities that Newton is bringing to the squad. Newton has accounted for 34 touchdowns on the season. And just to make things better for the franchise, he has managed to keep the Panther playing well down the stretch.
The Carolina Panthers managed to score on eight of their first nine possessions and piled up 397 yards in three quarters against the league’s 30th-ranked defense. Newton entered the game needing 18 yards passing to break Manning’s rookie record of 3,739. It seems that he has really figured out how to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Newton scored eight touchdowns in two games against Tampa Bay this season. Four passing and four rushing: not a bad mark, considering his team scored 79 points against the Bucs this season.
The thing about having a guy like Aaron Rodgers as your starting quarterback is that even if he’s not having a great game, if he’s throwing more incomplete passes than usual, he can always get back to his game just when his team needs him most. For the better part of Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rodgers was off his game, and that was giving the Bucs enough motivation to hunt down the defending Super Bowl Champions until they were down 26-28 with little over 4 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The pressure was on for the Packers who were quite close to losing their perfect season. But at the end, with little under three minutes to go, Rodgers connected a 40-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson to help the Packers survive the Buccaneers in a 35-26 win.
Once again the Buccaneers made evident that some work needs to be done at the defensive end of Green Bay. The Packers weren’t really able to stop quarterback Josh Freeman and tackling running back LeGarrette Blount, a duo that kept on moving the chains against the Packs. This less then optimal performance from the defense should be enough to set off the panic alarm at the coaches’ offices. This week, head coach Mike McCarthy should have plenty of mistakes to point out during the video analysis to try to sort these issues out before their next game during Thursday Nov. 24 against the 7-3 Detroit Lions in the much-anticipated Thanksgiving match at Ford Field.
The Buccaneers have lost now four consecutive games and at 4-6 for the season they are far away from been the team that most Tampa Bay fans would dream off. On the other hand, these guys managed to stand up tall against the only lossless team left this season and the Super Bowl defending Champions. The Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman had a very decent performance throwing for 28 of 38 passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. LeGarrette Blunt, on the other hand, leaded the rushing department with 107 yards in 18 carries including an intense 57-yard touchdown run when he simply cleared off 6 tackles from the Packers. He sure made it look easy as he brushed off the Packers defenders without too much of a hassle proving once again that they are weaker then one would expect from a 10-0 team.
Aaron Rodgers wasn’t too happy with his performance on Sunday, but things still worked out well for him. Rodgers completed 23 of 34 passes for 299 yards with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Not exactly the numbers we’ve grown used to from the talented passer, but despite making a turnover while the game could still go either way, he pulled it off with that late pass to Jordy Nelson. At the press conference Rodgers said: “I didn’t throw the ball very well. I’m not trying to be ridiculously humble right now, I’m just frustrated. The ball wasn’t coming out the way I wanted it to today.” As of press time the Packers are a 6-point favorite on the spread for Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions.