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Bucs' Freeman regrets missed opportunities



The Bucs offense caught a break on the second play from scrimmage today when Aqib Talib picked off Charlie Batch, giving the Bucs possession at the Steelers 31.

Four plays later, the Bucs had to settle for a field goal. Early in the second quarter, with Tampa Bay down 7-3, the Bucs missed a chance to take the lead when their drive fizzled at the 10-yard line and they had to settle for another field goal.

So it went for Tampa Bay today against Pittsburgh.

"Today, for our offense, was about not capitalizing on our opportunities and hurting ourselves," quarterback Josh Freeman said. "The defense put us in a great position and it would have been awesome to come away with seven points (on the first possession). We weren’t able to do that. . . The next drive we went three and out. The (following) drive, we drove down and to the red zone and once again only came away with three points.

"On the flip side, I think their offense was playing really well. Field goals don’t win games in this league. You need to come away with seven when you get down in the red zone and we were unable to do so when we really needed it this week."

The whole thing left the Bucs frustrated because what could have been a very close game quickly got out of hand while the Tampa Bay offense did nothing to counter.

"That was a good team," Freeman said. "We could have played with those guys. We just didn’t take advantage of the opportunities we were given."

[Last modified: Sunday, September 26, 2010 5:38pm]


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