Buccaneers Set Sail For Georgia Dome Looking For First Win
By Christopher Scali
Well, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have done it again. The Bucs' ship took on more water as the team lost yet again, this time to the Philadelphia Eagles at home. Things do not look much better on the horizon with the Buccaneers sailing over to Atlanta to face the Falcons on Sunday. This is the second NFC South matchup for Tampa Bay this season, and another loss would drop them to 0-2 in the division. The Bucs will need to light a few extra cannons in this game to come away with a win. With Falcons star WR Julio Jones out for the season and QB Matt Ryan a little stranded without two of his major weapons, Tampa may have a chance to win this football game.
Because of the injury to Jones, the Falcons must rely on receivers Harry Douglas and Roddy White. Douglas has a total of 16 receptions for 219 yards this season while a hobbled White has just 14 receptions for 129 yards. The Buccaneers will have to keep an extra eye in the crows nest when the Falcons are in the red zone as Douglas is one of Ryan’s favorite targets in the red zone. CBs Darrelle Revis and Johnthan Banks must keep their eyes peeled when Douglas hits the field. One big play from him can spark the entire Falcons offense. Meanwhile, White has been struggling with ankle and hamstring injuries and has seen limited reps in practice. As a result, White is not a lock to take the field on Sunday. If he does miss the game, the Bucs may finally see some light at the end of the tunnel.
This will be Tampa Bay rookie QB Mike Glennon's first start against an NFC South opponent. With Atlanta’s defense flying very low, Glennon has the chance to slash his way through and have a solid performance. Glennon is improving game by game and has passed for 273 yards and two touchdowns since taking over the starting job. Glennon may also have found a new weapon in rookie TE Tim Wright, who hauled in seven catches for 91 yards.
In last week's game against the Eagles, Glennon showed improved confidence following the bye week and is starting to show chemistry with several of his targets. For example, Glennon connected with WR Vincent Jackson for 114 yards and two touchdowns. The Falcons are struggling both offensively and defensively right now, so Tampa Bay should be able to take advantage of this opportunity. While plenty of experts would probably disagree, Tampa has a huge chance to earn its first “W” of the season in this one.
In order for the Buccaneers to win this game on the road in the Georgia Dome, they must have a turnover-free game, Glennon must continue to establish chemistry with Jackson and RB Doug Martin must have an 100 yard game. The Bucs have a star running back that must get back on track and this may be the week he does it. Finally, the Buccaneers have to stop with these ridiculous penalties, which have really hampered offensive drives early this season.
Tampa Bay can't fall to 0-2 in the NFC South. Fire those cannons and set sail full speed ahead because the Buccaneers are ready for some Falcon hunting.