Tampa Bay vs. Jacksonville

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had plenty of trouble keeping opponents off the scoreboard this season and especially during their current six-game losing streak.

Tampa Bay (4-8) has allowed 20 or more points in eight consecutive games and an average of 30.7 during its six-game skid. The Buccaneers let another struggling NFC South team, Carolina, post its highest point total of the season in a 38-19 loss last Sunday.

They allowed 24 points in the first half, including the first of Cam Newton's three touchdown runs, and scored their only TD with 6:35 remaining.

"We've got to go out and play better. We've got to figure out a way to be smarter. We have to figure out a way to be more consistent," Morris said.

The Jaguars have the lowest-rated offense in the league, averaging 254.7 total yards despite having NFL rushing leadepr Maurice Jones-Drew (1,137 yards). But, Tampa Bay has the 29th ranked defense against the run so, MJD should have a field day.

Jacksonville led late in the second quarter Monday night against San Diego, but its injuryed defense gave up two touchdowns in the final 1:26 of the first half because of the Gabbert interception and 28 unanswered points in a 38-14 defeat.

The Jaguars have 22 players on injured reserve. San Diego took advantage of those absences to an amazing 433 yards Monday, the second-most the Jaguars have given up this season.

It remains to be seen if Josh Freeman will get his chance to face that injuried secondary as he's dealing with a right shoulder injury that kept him sidelined last Sunday. Josh Johnson completed 16 of 27 passes for 229 yards with one touchdown and one interception, falling to 0-5 as an NFL starter.Which would be great news for the Jaguars.

"I'm hoping (Freeman can return Sunday)," Morris said. "We've got to get him out there and let him move his arm around and see the pain tolerance. You don't want to hurt your quarterback any further. You want to be smart with him and see what he can do and how fast you can let him do it."

The Jags, meanwhile, are hoping to see some continued improvement from rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert. The No. 10 overall pick has completed 54.8 percent of his passes over the past four games after connecting on 44.3 percent in his previous six.

Gabbert had two touchdown passes in a game for the first time in his career Monday and finished six yards shy of topping 200 for the third time.

This will be Tucker's second game in his audition for the permanent head coaching job after Jack Del Rio was fired.

The Jaguars have won the last three meetings with Tampa Bay after losing the first one.


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