Sunday, November 28, 2010
Wrap-up: Ravens 17, Buccaneers 10
By Pat Yasinskas
A quick wrap-up of Tampa Bay's 17-10 loss to Baltimore.
What it means: This was another game where the Buccaneers lost, but gained respect. Much like their earlier matchup with Atlanta, the Bucs showed they can keep it close with anyone. But they still haven't shown they can beat the big boys. At 7-4, they're now two games behind the Falcons and one behind the Saints. If you want to contend for the NFC South title, or even make the playoffs, you have to win some games against good teams.
What we learned: Quarterback Josh Freeman can beat bad teams by himself. But he needs some help against the good teams and Baltimore is particularly good on defense. The Bucs didn't get a lot out of the running game and Freeman was only ordinary in the passing game.
On the bright side: First-round pick Gerald McCoy, who entered the game with one sack for the season, had two sacks against the Ravens. McCoy has played much better in recent weeks and that is giving the Bucs an interior pass rush -- even though they don't have much of one from the outside.
What's next: It does not get any easier for the Bucs. Although they get to return home next Sunday, they have to play the red-hot Falcons. Atlanta has a 9-2 record, is on a five-game winning streak and has won nine of its past 10 games.