The Buccaneers on Sunday accomplished something they hadn’t in a decade. Winning two games back-to-back by more than 14 points. Beating the Panthers by fifteen points in week two. Then beating the Broncos by eighteen points in week three last Sunday. The team is on a roll and in rare air with regard to the margin of victory. The last time the Buccaneers won two in a row by 14 or more points? Ten years ago.
The More Things Change
2010 was the 35th year of the teams existence. The teams first coach John McKay was put into the Ring of Honor that year. With his son, and former GM Rich McKay accepting the honor at the Buccaneers/Falcons game that December. It was the teams second year under head coach Raheem Morris. The Buccaneers looked to improve on the 3-13 season the year before. The team would win two games in a row on three occasions that season. Weeks 7 & 8 against the Rams and Cardinals. Then in weeks 16 & 17 against the Seahawks and Saints. But in weeks 10 & 11, against the Panthers and the 49ers the team would really find their groove.
Running Up The Scores
Against the Panthers at Raymond James stadium that year Josh Freeman would go 18/24 for 241 yards and 2 touchdowns. LeGarrette Blount would rush for 91 yards on 19 carries. Cadillac Williams would rush for 62 yards on 5 carries. Each would have 1 rushing touchdown. The Buccaneers would win 31-16.
The following week at Candlestick Park against the 49ers, Freeman would go 13/20 for 136 yards and 1 touchdown. Blount would have 82 yards on 26 carries. Williams would have 52 yards on 7 carries, scoring the lone rushing touchdown on the day. The Buccaneers defense would shut the Niners offense out with Ronde Barber intercepting a pass and returning it 27 yards. The Buccaneers beat San Francisco 21-0.
Fans In The Stands
Another similarity between 2010 and 2020. With COVID-19 this season, the Buccaneers victory over the Panthers last week saw no fans in the stands. Save of course for Brett Favre and his ego. The team announced this week that a limited amount of fans will be allowed in for this weeks game against the LA Chargers.
Attendance for the 2010 Buccaneers was also an issue. The team failed to sell out any of their home games that season, becoming just the second NFL stadium to do so. The team would go 4-4 at home on the season with all 8 games blacked out. With a record of 6-2 on the road, the Buccaneers would finish 10-6. Losing the tie breaker for the wildcard to the eventual Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers.
Something To Build On
Buccaneers fans do not need to be reminded of what it means to win two games in a row. Even though the last two weeks may not have been beautiful. The victories over the Panthers and Broncos have been a site for sore eyes.
The team will look to continue that trend this week against the Chargers. The game will be this Sunday at 1:00pm from Raymond James stadium. Can the Buccaneers make it three? Stay tuned to Bucs Report and we will find out.