Originally Posted by thunderkyss
Makes perfect sense to me. Can't bench your whole defense, or fire your defensive coordinator... got's to make an example of the starting QB...
Actually, this kind of thinking is a lot like my point about the defense. It doesn't matter that Freeman played well in the first three qtrs, if they need him to score in the 4th... they need him to score in the 4th.
Defense is the only thing the Bucs have going for them this season. They pounded the Saints and held them to 13 points most of the game.
Agreeing with your last point, when Freeman had a chance to put that game away by getting one last first down it didn't happen. The Bucs instead tried a FG to go up 17-13 but the guy missed. So the Saints get the ball, march down the field and win 16-14 on a last second FG.
IMO, if you can only give your defense 14 points to work with, they are going to lose against Brees almost every time.