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Bucs no longer unwatchable

Five alive

Take the bags off of your heads, Tampa Bay. Your team isn't so embarrassing at the moment.

That's now four victories in the past five games — way too late to salvage the season but not too late to, perhaps, save coach Greg Schiano's job.

What happened? How did this team go from losing the first eight to winning four of five?

"I don't know if it's that much of a difference," Schiano said. "We're finding ways to win the game. (Before) against good football teams, we were in games and we were finding ways to lose the game. We literally … invented ways to lose some games."

Well, hitting the JV portion of the schedule doesn't hurt. The Bucs' four victories have come against opponents with a combined record of 20-31. Then again, when jobs are on the line, who's counting?

QB unplugged

Mike Glennon might have had the least-attended postgame news conference for an NFL quarterback Sunday. Glennon spoke to about six media members, and you could understand the disinterest. Glennon had a rotten day, completing only nine passes for 90 yards with two TDs and two interceptions for a 40.4 rating.

"Some of those balls I'd like to have back," Glennon said.

You mean, like most of them?

Throw out a first-quarter drive when he hit Vincent Jackson on three passes for 70 yards, and Glennon's rest-of-the-game numbers look like this: 6-for-22 for 20 yards. Good grief!

Worst game

Not to take the starch out of the Bucs' victory, but this is a nominee for worst NFL game of the year. The teams combined for 19 penalties, six interceptions and a lost fumble. The offenses combined for 10 series of three plays and a punt or turnover. And the offenses together totaled 460 yards, which was fewer than the Eagles (478) had by themselves … in a blizzard, no less.

Three things that popped into my head

1. If you were Florida State, who would you rather have at QB: the Bills' and former 'Nole EJ Manuel or current starter Jameis Winston? Actually, here's a better question: If you were the Bills, who would you rather have?

2. He recorded a sack and turned receiver Robert Woods into a crash test dummy with a devastating hit in the third quarter that forced a turnover. Did you know Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis was this physical?

3. When the Bucs kicked a field goal on the next-to-last play of the third quarter, I expected a parade, fireworks and a congratulatory call from the president. The Bucs now have 27 third-quarter points this season and a mere six against teams not called the Falcons.

Final thought

Victories are victories. But if you're trying to figure out where the Bucs are, next Sunday's game against the 49ers is a much better gauge.

Bucs no longer unwatchable 12/08/13 [Last modified: Sunday, December 8, 2013 11:27pm]
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