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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Routed by Atlanta Falcons

September 19th, 2014 at 12:24 AM
By Michael Compton

A change of venue failed to turn the tide for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In their only nationally televised game of the season, the Bucs, seeking their first win of the season, were simply dominated in every facet of the game and lost to the Atlanta Falcons 56-14 at the Georgia Dome Thursday night.

Atlanta scored early and often, taking a 35-0 lead into the locker room at halftime, equaling the Falcons’ largest halftime advantage, which was set in 2012 against the Bucs.

The Falcons made the visitors look flat-footed and out of sync all night, handing the Bucs one of their most lopsided defeats in franchise history. Running back Bobby Rainey (pictured), fresh off a strong performance in last week's loss to the St. Louis Rams, fumbled twice early and never hit his best stride.

While everything went wrong for the Bucs on both sides of the ball, it was a record-setting night for the Falcons. Devin Hester high-stepped his way into the record books, returning a punt for a touchdown in the second quarter. It was the 20th of his career, breaking Dion Sanders’ record for most career returns for touchdowns.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Trail Atlanta Falcons 35-0 at Halftime; Josh McCown Injured

September 18th, 2014 at 10:30 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to two teams led by backup quarterbacks to open the season prior to traveling to Atlanta for tonight’s NFC South showdown with the Falcons. Facing a high-flying offense led by Matt Ryan, the Bucs looked anything but ready for primetime in the first half.

The Falcons scored early and often in the first half, taking a 35-0 lead into the locker room.

The Bucs lost starting quarterback Josh McCown, who injured his throwing hand late in the second quarter when he hit his hand on a defender’s face mask after throwing yet another incomplete pass.

Second-year quarterback Mike Glennon entered the game in relief of McCown with just over two minutes remaining the half.

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Gerald McCoy a Game-Time Decision for Tampa Bay Buccaneers

September 18th, 2014 at 11:47 AM
By Michael Compton

Gerald McCoy, who suffered a broken left hand in the loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday was in a cast on Tuesday and is being listed as a game-time decision for tonight’s matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

“It’s not a club,” Lovie Smith said in describing the type of cast McCoy sported this week. “Today, of course, he had his thumb out, so we’ll see. Eventually, that’s what he’ll end up playing with, with some protection while being able to use all of your fingers.

“You can’t really rush the passer and can’t really play three technique with one arm, so you need to be able to use that,” Smith continued. “Gerald is a heck of a player, but I might have a chance against him if I made him put his hand behind his back and just played with one hand. So that’s pretty hard to do. Eventually, he’ll be able to use both and we’ll get him out there. And that’s not to say he can’t do it; it’s just a matter of time. Again, he’s a quick healer. He was light on his feet out there today.”

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Bobby Rainey Making the Most of Opportunity to Anchor Running Attack

September 17th, 2014 at 2:41 PM
By Michael Compton

After dropping two close, low-scoring decisions to teams they likely should have beaten, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head to Atlanta for a nationally televised Thursday evening clash with the Falcons. The last time the two teams met the Bucs came out on top, winning a shootout, 41-28, but with a run-based offensive scheme under head coach Lovie Smith, things could be different this time around.

In addressing the media on Tuesday, Smith said he expects the Bucs to steal one on the road against a division rival to make up for the home loss to the Carolina Panthers.

“As much as anything, we want our players fresh; want them to know what they’re doing,” Smith said. “(We’re) excited about playing in front of a national TV audience, which is good. We haven’t played our best ball. Here’s a chance for a lot of people to kind of go and just look at what they see from us. So we need to play well. We lost a division home game and we need to steal one.”

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Looking Ahead to Thursday’s NFC South Showdown with Atlanta Falcons

September 16th, 2014 at 5:39 PM
By Michael Compton

Facing a short week and a critical matchup on the road against a potentially dangerous opponent in the Atlanta Falcons (1-1), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2) must dig deep for resolve in what has been a humbling start to what was supposed to be a turnaround season.

Despite breaking from the blocks slowly, the Bucs can take a big step forward with a victory over their NFC South division rivals Thursday night in Atlanta. But having already dropped two games to teams starting backup quarterbacks, the Bucs will face Matt Ryan (pictured) in the Georgia Dome, not an easy task for any defense, let alone one decimated by injuries.

“We’re zero and two,” Lovie Smith said. “We don’t have a whole lot of time to feel sorry for ourselves with Atlanta coming up quickly. We’re going on the road and into a hostile environment and this is a chance for us to steal one on the road.”

Quarterback Josh McCown, who started Sunday’s game a perfect 8-for-8, but threw his third interception of the season while threatening in the red zone, believes the Bucs will overcome the early hurdles and are learning with each obstacle.

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