Bucs 27, Bills 6December 8th, 2013
Crappy teams tank on the road in December. Solid teams dominate on their home turf in December.
The Bucs dominated today. It was a near masterpiece on the defensive end, but not so much offensively. But that’s ok. You win __-__ and it doesn’t matter one damn bit.
How does 4-9 feel, Bucs fans? How does it feel to win four out of five?
The Greg Schiano revival tour presses on.
Hat tip out of the gate to the Bucs’ offensive line. The vaunted NFL-leading Bills pass rush didn’t do squat, except when Mike Glennon held the ball too long.
A few times when Mike Glennon was hurried in the first half, Joe felt like it was just Glennon feeling nervous footsteps that weren’t there. As Joe wrote last night, Joe was not about to bet against Donald Penn, and he delivered.
The Bucs delivered four more picks and seven sacks of overmatched EJ Manuel. Rockstar general manager’s fourth-round pick, rookie defensive end William Gholston, delivered 1.5 sacks. That’s three rookies now contributing in a big way for the Bucs defense.
Offensively, Mike Glennon had a good share of rookie moments, but also made a few top-shelf throws. He finished with ugly numbers, 9-for-25 for 90yards. The “W” and two touchdowns throws are the key stats against two interceptions.
Bobby Rainey popped a tone-setter, 80-yard TD on the Bucs’ second play from scrimmage, and while the running game didn’t take off after that. It was enough.
Now what? San Francisco, St. Louis and New Orleans await.