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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay's suddenly potent offense got some unexpected help in rolling to another high-scoring victory over Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers.
From the Buccaneers' defense and special teams.
Josh Freeman threw a pair of touchdown passes and the surging Buccaneers scored on a blocked punt and Leonard Johnson's 83-yard interception return to beat the Chargers 34-24 for their third straight win Sunday.
Freeman has thrown for 13 TDs with just one interception in his past five games, helping the Bucs (5-4) win four times to climb over .500 following a 1-3 start.
The Bucs, normally known for playing stingy defense but sputtering offensively, topped 30 points for the fourth straight week. They have scored 28 or more in five consecutive games for the first time in franchise history.
They did it this time with help from linebacker Adam Heyward, who scooped up a punt blocked by Dekoda Watson and ran 29 yards for a second-quarter touchdown.
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Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers carved up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 337 yards and three touchdowns on 29-of-37 passing but also threw two interceptions.Fantasy Spin:Rivers may not be the same fantasy QB he once was but he has thrown multiple touchdown passes in six of nine games this season.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have now recorded more wins in 2012 than they recorded in 2011 with seven games remaining and a possible outside shot at a playoff berth on the horizon. First-year head coach Greg Schiano has accounted for much of the turnaround, instilling a new tough, hard-nosed mentality surrounding the team. One large factor for the turnaround of the Buccaneers this season...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Josh Freeman threw two touchdown passes and the surging Buccaneers scored on a blocked punt and Leonard Johnson's 83-yard interception return to beat the Chargers 34-24 for their third straight win Sunday.
Freeman has thrown for 13 TDs with one interception in his past five games, helping the Bucs (5-4) win four times to climb back over .500 following a 1...
Leonard Johnson was as surprised as anyone when Philip Rivers' ill-advised pass wound up in his hands.
The Bucs defense found themselves up against the wall for the majority of the game. After some key plays on defense and special teams, Tampa Bay sent the Chargers back to San Diego with a 34-24 loss on Sunday. Philip Rivers and the Chargers struck first just three plays into the game. A 10-yard pass to Danario Alexander turned into an 80-yard catch and run when he broke free from...
Amidst all the hype surrounding divisional foes Atlanta and New Orleans, many have completely forgotten about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.That's just how they'd prefer it.Tampa Bay dispatched of the San Diego Chargers 34-24 on Sunday, winning their third straight after starting the season 2-4.Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman tossed a pair of touchdowns while the defense & special...
Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd, who left Sunday's game with Tampa Bay after taking a shot to the jaw while making a reception, returned to catch a touchdown just before halftime.Fantasy Spin:Fantasy owners have to be thrilled because it appears that Philip Rivers and the passing game can do whatever they want against the Bucs' pass defense.
Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd left Sunday's game with Tampa Bay after taking a shot to the jaw while making a reception.Fantasy Spin:It was Floyd's first catch of the day, but fantasy owners will be unhappy if he doesn't return because it appears that Philip Rivers and the passing game can do whatever they want against the Bucs' pass defense.
San Diego at Denver Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver - TV: CBS; DirecTV: 714 *TV announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms *Keys to the game: Philip Rivers completed 82.4 percent of his passes in the past two games, but the memory of his four-interception game vs. Denver and a haunting pick returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter last week...
TAMPA, Fla. -- One minute into the game, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Leonard Johnson looked like the right player for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to pick on, but it was the rookie who wound up with the winning pick in a 34-24 win at Raymond James Stadium. Johnson intercepted Rivers' pass intended for wide receiver Eddie Royal and sprinted 83 yards for a touchdown...
San Diego Chargers (4-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-4)
The Buccaneers are surging thanks to Doug Martin’s improved play and the improved chemistry between Josh Freeman and new free agent deep threat acquisition Vincent Jackson. Josh Freeman has a cannon for an arm, but he wasn’t using it last year, throwing 20 yards downfield or more on just 6.5% of his throws, by far least frequent...
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been quite a surprise this season under the leadership of first-year head coach Greg Schiano. The former Rutgers head coach wanted to install a run-centric offense, but his offense has become one of the most prolific that Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans can remember in franchise history. The Buccaneers have averaged 35.6 points in their last five games and...