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September 17, 2012 @ 3:02 pm
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No Moral Victories As Bucs Move Into Cowboys Season

Written by Dory
LeBlanc
Dory LeBlanc

Dory
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Although many people felt the Bucs showed a lot of promise in their close loss to the Giants, the players themselves say it isn't a moral victory and that they have to move forward and prepare for Dallas.
Many Tampa Bay fans they came away from Sunday’s 41-34 loss to the reigning Super Bowl Champions at the Meadowlands considering it a moral victory.

Monday morning, the Buccaneer locker room disagreed.

The Buccaneers came out of New York with a heartbreaking 41-34 loss to the Super Bowl Champions. Ahead 24-13 heading into halftime, Tampa Bay was outscored 28-11 in the final two quarters as Eli Manning threw all over the field in the second half.

Looking at the final statistics from Sunday’s match up, New York won the battle in first downs (31 to 14), total yards (604 to 307), and time of possession (33:29-26:31). The fact that the Bucs were up by two touchdowns on the Giants could be solely attributed to the Tampa Bay defense forcing three turnovers – and capitalizing on each one.

All turnovers came via interceptions, with CB Eric Wright returning his pick 60 yards for six points to extend the Buccaneer lead right as halftime approached.

When the Bucs stepped back onto the field at MetLife Stadium to start the second half, it seemed as if the Giants made adjustments, while the Bucs did not.

New York’s game plan was to keep stretching the field during blitzes, which left Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz in one-on-on situations in zone coverage. The Bucs front four couldn’t get much pressure on Eli Manning past the first quarter, and had a combined seven tackles between DE Michael Bennett (1) and DTs Gerald McCoy (2), Roy Miller (2), and Gary Gibson (2). Gibson, who was signed by the Bucs in May, was on the field for less than a handful of plays. Last year’s sack leader, Adrian Clayborn, has been held to zero sacks and only one tackle in two games.

Monday in the Buccaneers locker room, Miller was asked if he agreed with the fanbase that Sunday was a moral victory.

“No.” Miller said. “No, we got a standard - our standards of play, our best as individuals, and as a team – so there’s no such thing as a moral victory. We always look at ourselves as seeing what the best that we can do at individually and we didn’t do that. So, it’s definitely disappointing.”

Opting to classify each week as seasons, not games, head coach Greg Schiano has his players focused on each approaching opponent without focusing ahead or behind. Linebacker Adam Hayward said the Bucs are moving ahead into Cowboys Season, but they can take things away from the Giants came, considering they saw many different scenarios reflected on the scoreboard.

“We get games like that, they’re important.” Hayward said. “You get to see every aspect and just kind of work on it and get to correct things and just kind of fix things that went wrong.

“That game is over, so now we’re on to Dallas. So it’s a new situation, we’re just worried about Dallas. I know this defense and I know the players we have and we’re going to be fine. We’re going to go out there and take care of business.”

Considering the Giants and Cowboys met in the NFL opener and the Bucs used the film from that game to prepare for the Week 2 contest, it would be a safe bet that the Bucs have already gotten a glimpse of Dallas, but according to Demar Dotson, who got his first start at right tackle for the injured Jeremy Trueblood, the Giants are too good not to be focused on 100 percent.

“We were so focused on the Giants we didn’t pay attention to the Cowboys.” Dotson said. “It was Giants week. Now that that week is over with, we can focus on the Cowboys.”

With the Giants now in the rear view mirror, the Bucs still have three more opponents from the NFC East ahead of them; two will come in as many weeks.

The NFC East is considered the toughest division in the NFL and when the league schedules were released, seeing the back-to-back-to-back East Division team names made many Tampa Bay residents cringe. The close loss against the defending World Champions may have given those same fans hope.

For the players, it’s back to One Buc for business.

“All I know is that we’re playing Dallas next to be quite honest.” Hayward said. “That’s how we look at it. We just go one game at a time and Dallas is next and the game we just played is over.” 

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    More DL in the rotation would help. Either trade or play Blount. We can beat the Cowboys! Go Bucs!
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    BREAK ROMO....
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    Glad to hear the team doesn't believe any of the "moral victory" BS. We turned Manning over three times. We had the Giants by the throat. We crashed and burned. The Defensive plan or personnel isn't very good. Whenever you give up over 500 yds. of Offense, the defense had a horrible day. We need to find an answer to this soon, or we can expect many more 400 yard games against us. We dropped a brand new defense on Carolina. They didn't adjust well and we took them. New York had film and we got our D wipped. I think this week will be a real good measure of how sound it is. Was it a quirk and we just couldn't shut them down this week? If so it was an abberation and we go onward and upward. If they successfully give us part 2 of last week, it could be a long season and a blueprint of how to destroy our defense...still hopefully better than last year record wise.
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    WHAT I SEE IN THIS TAMPA BAY LOSS IS THIS. QB JOSE FREEMAN MUST NOT THROW THAT CRAZY PASS WITH NO CLEAR WR OPENER. I BELIEVE IF TAMPA QB HAVE NOT THROWN THE BALL FOR THE INCERPTION AND JUST FELL TO THE GROUND MAYBE THE NEXT PLAY IT COULD WORK. THE BUCS DID THERE BEST, NO ONE BELIEVE THAT TAMPA WOULD KICK THE GIANTS BUT THE FIRST HALF. BUT I HOPE THIS WEEK TAMPA WILL SHOW TEXAS THAT THE BUCS CAN BEAT THE DALLAS COWBOYS IN THEIR NEW STADIUM. I DON'T CARE IF ITS THEIR HOME OPENER. LOOK AT THE SAINTS THEY ARE 0 & 2, I SAY GO FOR IT BUCS BEAT THOSE COWBOYS AND FACE THE SKINS AT THEIR(TAMPA HOME) WITH A 2 AND 1 RECORD, AND THERE IS A CHANCE IF THEY COULD BEAT THE BOYS EVERYONE WILL SAY MAYBE EVERYONE OVER LOOKED THE BUCS, AND MAYBE THEY COULD BE ON THE ROAD TO AS GREAT YEAR. I THINK THE OFFENSIVE LINE DID A GREAT JOB SUNDAY-GO BUCS.
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    There is always a lot of hand ringing after a loss like the Giants game. Cowboys are beatable. We have to play like we did in first half of Giants game and we have to have success on the ground. IF McCoy and Talib can rebound from a terrible Giants game we could win. Go Bucs.
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    Too many Cowgirl fans around here. I can't put up with another loss to them....Please Bucs pull this one out!!!
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