Tampa, FL - The Atlanta Falcons have had a rough season, but they were expected by many to be able to pull off a win against the 1-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers this afternoon. Unfortunately for the Falcons and their fans, the Buccaneers had other plans. Tampa Bay came out extremely strong and held were able to hold onto a 41-28 victory for their second win of the season.
Matt Ryan had a very rough game against an improving Tampa Bay secondary, throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions on 19-36 passing attempts, and totaled 254 yards on the afternoon. Without star wide receiver Julio Jones and a healthy Roddy White, he has struggled tremendously this season. Antone Smith came into the game late and carried the football two times for 88 yards and a touchdown to lead the Falcons in rushing. Steven Jackson chipped in with 41 yards on 11 carries as well. Harry Douglas led the way for Atlanta in receiving with six catches for 134 yards and a touchdown.
Mike Glennon played one of the best games of his career and wound up throwing for 231 yards and two touchdowns. He wasn’t picked off and also completed 20-23 passes on the afternoon. Tampa Bay definitely has a bright young quarterback for the future to be excited about. Bobby Rainey got his first start of the season in place of the injured Mike James and Doug Martin, and came away with 163 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. Rainey also caught a two passes for four yards and a touchdown. Vincent Jackson produced big numbers for the Buccaneers as well, catching 10 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown.
The Buccaneers now have two straight wins and are definitely coming into their own. They are playing much better defense and Glennon is getting better and better each week. Bobby Rainey gave them a huge boost today, and they are giving their fans a bit of hope for the future. As for the Falcons, they are going through one of the most disappointing seasons that we’ve seen in the NFL recently. They were expected to be Super Bowl contenders, and now they are actually contending for the #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.