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Bucs defense pitches a shutout in first half

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The Buccaneers defense is doing everything it can to make life easy for quarterback Mike Glennon in his first NFL start.

They have held the Cardinals to 87 yards and zero points in the first half, sending the Bucs to the locker room with a 10-0 lead. They have sacked Carson Palmer once and forced a fumble while taking Larry Fitzgerald totally out of the game. Fitzgerald hasn’t been targeted once by Palmer in the first half and has served as an afterthought whether Darrelle Revis or another member of the Bucs secondary has been responsible for him.

The result has been 41 plays for the Bucs offense and just 21 for the Cardinals in a one-sided half of football.

Glennon has handled things well thus far. The Bucs have not shied away from giving him work to do and he’s completed 15-of-24 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown to Mike Williams. There haven’t been a lot of explosive plays, although they did show a new wrinkle when track star Jeff Demps made his NFL debut with a 14-yard gain on a sweep. Given how well the defense is playing, keeping things simple and mistake-free will likely continue to be the order of the day for the Buccaneers.

 

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8 Responses to “Bucs defense pitches a shutout in first half”
  1. wearethesteelers says: Sep 29, 2013 2:34 PM

    AZ is beyond pathetic

  2. jessejames182 says: Sep 29, 2013 2:41 PM

    I think Freeman is a pretty good quarterback, it’s a shame he’s the scapegoat.

  3. moerawn says: Sep 29, 2013 2:42 PM

    Is Freeman even at the stadium? Not sure how that works.

  4. larryfitzgerald4mvp says: Sep 29, 2013 2:44 PM

    I think it’s more accurate to say that the Cardinals offense pitched a shutout. 5 straight quarters with no points.

    They’ve given up 41 points since the last time they scored. Looking forward to another top 10 pick next year.

  5. dioalice says: Sep 29, 2013 2:57 PM

    Cards had 3 first downs and had targeted Fitzgerald exactly 0 times in first half. That’s pathetic.

  6. realfootballfan says: Sep 29, 2013 3:12 PM

    Seeing Schiano’s approach regardless of what’s going on with Freeman, you can easily see why he won’t win in the NFL. He’s being content to sit on a 10 point lead. In other words, he learned nothing from the first two weeks. As good as the Buc defense is, you have to take chances to win in this league, and he just doesn’t believe in that.

  7. billybarrule says: Sep 29, 2013 3:20 PM

    So frustrating to watch Carson Palmer. He is horrible!

  8. pgilbert2013 says: Sep 29, 2013 5:31 PM

    Dang… Why do they have to have two half’s of a game :-(

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