Man was I ever wrong on Sunday. I expected the total opposite of what happened on Sunday evening when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got absolutely demolished by the 49ers. The Buccaneers came out flat, like they usually do, but remained flat on defense and offense throughout the entire game. Josh Freeman started off the game with a three and out, field goal drive and pick six in that order. Freeman played off all game long going 17 off 33 for 188 yards and two interceptions.
Meanwhile the 49ers improved to 4-1 for the first time since 2002, and looked like the 49ers of the 80’s while dismantling the Bucs. Alex Smith went 11 of 19 for 180 yards and three touchdown passes, and no interceptions, hardly Alex Smith- like stats. But under new coach Jim Harbaugh Smith has really been able to play consistently and avoid the mistakes that have doomed him for much of his short lived career.
The Bucs loss certainly comes as a huge blow seeing that the Bucs were 3-1 and coming off a very nice win against the Colts on Monday night. One of the few Buccaneers players available after the game who also felt like talking to the media, (Bucs center Jeff Faine), summed it up best when he said, “It’s surprising. How could it not surprise you?” The Bucs will now head home to take on the New Orleans Saints, a division rival who is coming off a gritty ei