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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers: John Romano's Gimme 5

Talk of the town

Five topics suitable for inane debate on talk radio.

1. Survey says: Warning: Author not responsible for any optimism the following information generates. In the past five seasons, teams that have started 2-0 finished with a losing record 14.8 percent of the time. They have reached the postseason 61.7 percent of the time.

2. Line of the day: The defensive tackles are drawing double teams, and the defensive ends are sniffing sacks. Hard to believe it was less than two years ago that the Bucs were starting Kevin Carter, Chris Hovan, Jovan Haye and Gaines Adams on the defensive line.

3. Keeping it real fake: When asked about his interception, Aqib Talib insisted he wasn't anywhere near the stadium.

4. Getting better all the time: Don't know if this says more about Raheem Morris or Jim Bates, but the Bucs have given up an average of 15.8 points in the eight games since Morris took over as defensive coordinator. In the previous eight games under Bates, they had given up 28.3 points per game.

5. Couldn't they work Joey Harrington in, too? The Bucs had the nerve to complain about commissioner Roger Goodell giving Talib a one-game suspension. Considering the NFL schedule gave them quarterbacks Jake Delhomme, Matt Moore and probably Charlie Batch in the first three games, the Bucs should be buffing Goodell's shoes.

A list of five

Five reasons to be encouraged.

5. Derek Jeter offering tips on fake punts.

4. Glazers got 10 percent discount on new soccer uniforms.

3. Josh Freeman has never met Jessica Simpson.

2. Eighteen months without a single Bruce Allen sighting.

1. One more game against Matt Moore.

Five QBs from the 2009 draft

1. Matthew Stafford: Rough start for the No. 1 pick. Has a 2-9 record as a starter in Detroit and a 61.9 passer rating. Had a partially dislocated kneecap and left shoulder separation in 2009. His 2010 season began with a separated right shoulder.

2. Mark Sanchez: Surrounded by stronger players than anyone else in his class, but his numbers are only slightly better. The fifth pick in the draft is 9-8 as a starter for the Jets and has a 67.1 passer rating.

3. Josh Freeman: Kept on the bench longer than Stafford or Sanchez but coming on strong. The 17th pick in the first round is 5-6 as a starter for the Bucs, and his passer rating is up to 65.1. Bucs are 0-7 with anyone else starting the past two seasons.

4. Pat White: The next quarterback taken after Freeman, with the 44th pick, White threw five incompletions for Miami in '09 and was cut last month. Recently signed a minor-league deal with the Royals.

5. Keith Null: Only other QB from the draft to start a game, Null was 0-4 with a 49.9 rating for the Rams last season. Was released last month and recently worked out for the Patriots.

Five super picks

Checking out the best bets for Super Bowl XLV in Dallas.

1. Saints: Over/under on Harry Connick Jr. shots on MNF? Six.

2. Steelers: Who needs Big Ben when you have this defense?

3. Packers: Sales of foam cheeseheads up 38 percent.

4. Chiefs: Not really, but 2-0 will be their high water mark.

16. Bucs: I told you Raheem Morris was a genius.

Final five words

Okay, who sold their soul?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers: John Romano's Gimme 5 09/19/10 [Last modified: Sunday, September 19, 2010 11:45pm]
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