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August 8, 2013 @ 11:57 pm
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Ravens Scavenge Bucs For a 44-16 Preseason Win

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The Buccaneers didn't get off on the right foot Thursday night against the Ravens, getting blown out 44-16 in front of the home crowd. What players were injured? What will make head coach Greg Schiano lose sleep after watching the film? Get the answers to these questions in this game wrap up.
After a decent start with the Bucs first team against the Ravens first team, things fell apart quickly. And while it is only preseason, no team wants to surrender 44 points regardless of it being an exhibition game or not.

Tampa Bay’s first possession ended with a three-and-out, including a sack on the game’s third play, but the Bucs defense rose to the occasion and cornerback Danny Gorrer intercepted Joe Flacco to thwart a Raven’s early drive.

Freeman and his offensive teammates capitalized on the turnover and went on an 11-play, 56-yard drive that resulted in a 3-0 lead after a 29-yard field goal by Derek Dimke. Freeman went 4-for-6 on the drive and was done for the night finishing 4-of-7 for 48 yards and a QB rating of 69.9.

Rookie Mike Glennon took over for Freeman and played until end of the third quarter, and had his moments, some good and some bad, but mostly looking like you would expect a first-year player to look.

Glennon had a gangbuster start however, completing his first ever NFL pass to tight end Tom Crabtree for a 61-yard gain. The Bucs ended up adding another Dimke field goal to increase their lead to 6-0.

The Buccaneers defense once again forced a Raven punt on the next series just as the rain let loose from the Tampa sky, which was unfortunate for receiver Chris Owusu who lined up as the punt returner. In a heavy rain Owusu lost track of the ball and muffed the punt, which was recovered by the Ravens at the Buccaneers 20-yard line. One play later Bernard Pierce rumbled through the defensive line then bounced it to the right side and outran the secondary for a 20-yard touchdown run.

Tampa Bay responded midway through the second quarter with a three-play, 58-yard drive that was aided by two pass interference calls against the Ravens. Brian Leonard capped the drive with a three-yard plunge giving the Buccaneers their last lead of the night 13-7.

The Ravens reserves soon took over the game and the momentum totally swung in Baltimore’s favor right before the first half when Chas Henry’s punt from his own end zone was blocked by Brynden Trawick for a touchdown.

Things were no better in the second half as the Ravens added 24 more points, while Tampa Bay could only manage three points, giving the Ravens a 44-16 victory in front of an announced paid attendance of 47,599.

Over the course of the second half the Buccaneers saw reserve quarterback Adam Weber throw two interceptions, and both Deveron Carr and Rashaan Melvin were beaten for touchdowns by Ravens backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

All and all it was a poor showing by the Buccaneers with just a handful of things to hang their hats on. Tampa Bay travels to New England next week and will face the Patriots Friday night.

First Quarter – Buccaneers 3, Ravens 0
After a terrible first series, Josh Freeman and the Buccaneers offense got things going on their second possession, marching 56 yards to take a 3-0 lead on Derek Dimke’s 29-yard field goal.On the drive Freeman connected with wide receiver Kevin Olgetree for a 22-yard completion.

Second Quarter – Buccaneers 6, Ravens 0
After replacing Josh Freeman at quarterback rookie Mike Glennon came on in relief and found tight end Tom Crabtree for a 61-yard completion. Mike James added two carries for seven yards but the offense bogged down with two straight incompletions by Glennon, settling for another Dimke field goal which increased Tampa Bay’s lead to 6-0.

Second Quarter – Ravens 7, Buccaneers 6
After the Buccaneers defense forced a punt, wide receiver Chris Owusu attempted to field a Sam Koch punt in a steady driving rain, but was unable to gather the ball which bounced off Owusu and was recovered by the Ravens. Bernard Pierce took a handoff and went 20 yards around for the score giving the Ravens a 7-6 lead.

Second Quarter – Buccaneers 13, Ravens 7
Tampa Bay reclaimed the lead for the last time in the second quarter when Glennon led a three-play, penalty-aided scoring drive capped off with Brian Leonard scoring from three yards out.

Second Quarter – Buccaneers 13, Ravens 10
After the Leonard touchdown the Ravens Bobby Rainey returned the kickoff 58 yards to the Buccaneers 41 yard line, and a 15-yard penalty by kicker Derek Dimke – saving a touchdown – drew a horse collar call pushing the ball to the Buccaneers 26-yard line. The Ravens were unable to move the ball, and settled for a Justin Tucker 43-yard field goal.

Second Quarter – Ravens 17, Buccaneers 13
After forcing a Tampa Bay punt the Ravens marched 58 yards in eight plays and running back Anthony Allen capped off the drive with a two-yard touchdown run pushing the Ravens lead to 17-13 with less than a minute to go in the half.

Second Quarter – Ravens 24, Buccaneers 13
Instead of kneeling down with 29 seconds left, the Buccaneers apparently wanted to see Glennon in the hurry up offense but after two incompletions and a sack the Ravens took a timeout with 13 seconds left on the clock. Chas Henry’s punt was blocked for a touchdown and the Ravens went into the locker room with a 24-13 lead.

Third Quarter – Ravens 31, Buccaneers 13
The Ravens took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards in nine play,s capping off the scoring drive with a 21-yard Taylor to LaQuan Williams who turned Rashaan Melvin around before catching the touchdown pass and increasing the Ravens lead to 31-13.

Third Quarter – Ravens 31, Buccaneers 16
Glennon found a bit of a rhythm midway through the third quarter completing five passes to move the Bucs in field goal range where Dimke added Tampa Bay’s last points of the night with a 45-yard field goal.

Fourth Quarter – Ravens 34, Buccaneers 16
Adam Weber replaced Glennon and proceeded to throw an interception on his first pass attempt. The interception was returned to the Buccaneers 10-yard line and and Justin Tucker added a 29-yard field goal extending the Ravens lead.

Fourth Quarter – Ravens 41, Buccaneers 16
After another Weber interception the Ravens drove 64 yards in seven plays and Taylor found wide receiver Aaron Mellette for a 21-yard touchdown pass over Deveron Carr in the corner of the end zone.

Fourth Quarter – Ravens 44, Buccaneers 16
The Ravens capped of the scoring for the evening with a 10-play, 25-yard, drive with Justin Tucker connecting on a booming 57-yard field goal.

The Buccaneers inactives were: K Lawrence Tynes, CB Darrelle Revis, S Sean Baker, FB Erik Lorig, LB Jacob Cutrera, G Davin Joseph, G Carl Nicks, TE Luke Stocker, WR David Douglas, DT Derek Landri, DE Adrian Clayborn, DT Gary Gibson and DE Aaron Morgan.

Cornerback Danny Gorrer who had a solid first quarter, injured his groin in the first half and did not return. In the second quarter defensive tackle Lazarius Levingston was also injured briefly, but returned later in the game. Wide receiver Chris Owusu had an ankle injury and in the second half running back Peyton Hillis was hit on the knee by a Ravens defender. The Buccaneers didn’t comment on any of the injuries following the game.

Pretty much everything from late in the second quarter on will cause Schiano frustration. The Buccaneers first team unit played the Raven first team unit very well, but as noted above, the wheels came off, and the dominos began falling in the wrong direction for Tampa Bay after a punt block against Chas Henry with under a minute to go in the first half.

While it is just preseason, Schiano and his coaching staff will be unhappy with the play of his second and third team units. For the game, the Buccaneers averaged just 3.2 yards per carry also committed four turnovers on the night (three interceptions and one lost fumble).

The Buccaneers travel to New England next week for practice against the Patriots and then will face them next Friday night in a nationally-televised game at Gillette Stadium. Game time is 8 p.m. and it will be broadcast on FOX.

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    I think Dave Wannstedt has a lot of work to do this week. And seriously who cares about the 3rd string QB? Just go get anybody not named Tim Tebow.
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    Dimmmkeee! How 'bout my dawg with the TD saving tackle? That along with making all three of his field goals (one in the rain) should win him the kicking job. His kickoffs were really good also. I say we let him attempt an onside kick and see how he does with that.
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    Again.....looks like a below average football team. More blackouts to come!
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    Why because the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th stringers lost to the Ravens? Starters vs starters the Buc's man handled the Ravens and they didn't even have all their starters on the field!
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    I agree with Excal78. I was satisfied with game because the starters looked good. Even the sack on Freeman was given up by the backup RG. I doubt that would've happened if Joseph had been in there.
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    Pvine I agree and disagree with you! I think the bucs are a very competitive team with our first stringers but after that I am concerned. Being at the game last night I was really disappointed in the second and third stringers and if we have a lot of injuries this year you can give it up! But to say that the whole team is below average is a ridiculous assumption!
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    Josh Freeman just got paid a HUGE contract after last nights performance by the QBs! They wee atrocious !! I hope this ends all that talk from HC Schiano about Josh having to compete for his job!!!! The GM won that debate last night, Josh is here to stay!!!!!
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    Let's pray that starters say healthy, because depth looks like an issue
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    The cheerleader's face in that pic is classic
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    We all remember how our Defense surprised the Patriots for a big preseason victory. This up coming preseason game will answer whether we are better or worse than we were last year. If my instincts are right we won't equal last years victory. Feel free to compare Tebo's showing to our shameful 3rd string QB in yesterday's game for those who say any QB but Tebo. Tebo outperformed any QB on our roster in getting the Broncos to the playoffs and beating the Steelers. Peyton couldn't even match that production. Yes we need a duel threat QB! That is exactly what Tebo brings and we could have signed him for a song but failed to act. Instead we wasted a third round pick on a QB who holds the ball too long and is a sack magnet with his lack of mobility!
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