Rapid Reaction: Buccaneers
November, 11, 2013
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com
TAMPA, Fla. -- A few thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 22-19 win against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night.
What it means: The Bucs are no longer winless. This wasn’t pretty by any means. After jumping out to a 15-0 cushion, the Bucs let the Dolphins take the lead in the second half. That brought back some haunting memories of last week’s loss to Seattle. But the Bucs found ways to win this one. Bobby Rainey's fourth quarter running put the Bucs back in the lead and the defense, which found a late pass rush and an interception by Darrelle Revis, did its part. At 1-8, Tampa Bay remains in a tie with Jacksonville for the first overall pick in the NFL draft.
Bad timing: Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon hadn’t thrown an interception in the previous three games. But that streak came to an end with 1:34 left in the third quarter. A Glennon pass intended for Vincent Jackson was intercepted by Jimmy Wilson. That set up a Miami field goal and gave the Dolphins a 19-15 lead.
A place in the record books: With a scoring grab on a tackle-eligible play, Donald Penn (340 pounds) became the heaviest player to catch a pass in the NFL this season.
Stock watch: Second-year linebacker Lavonte David quietly has been having a very good season. Maybe his second-quarter sack for a safety will help get him some Pro Bowl votes.
Injury woes continue: Rookie Mike James had taken over after Doug Martin went down with a season-ending shoulder injury. But James’ night was cut short. He suffered an ankle injury little more than five minutes into the game and didn’t return. After James went out, the Bucs split their carries between Brian Leonard and Rainey.