Sunday, December 8, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- A few thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 27-6 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
What it means: The competition undoubtedly had something to do with it, but the Bucs played their best all-around game of the season. There were bright spots on offense, defense and special teams. The Bucs now have won four of their past five games, and that could help coach Greg Schiano's cause. I think Schiano still needs another victory or two to keep his job, but he at least has set the stage for a strong finish.
Stock watch: Running back Bobby Rainey is back on the rise. After averaging just 49 yards in the previous two games, Rainey broke loose on an 80-yard touchdown run on Tampa Bay’s first series. That touchdown set the tone of the day, and the Bucs never trailed. The run was the longest in franchise history and represented the fastest score in Tampa Bay history.
A mixed bag: It’s a good thing Rainey was able to break off a big run because rookie quarterback Mike Glennon had an up-and-down day. Glennon threw two touchdown passes but was intercepted twice.
Pro Bowl push: When the early results of fan voting for the Pro Bowl came out last week, Lavonte David barely was in the top 10 among outside linebackers. After coming up with a sack and two interceptions against the Bills, maybe David will pick up some more votes.
Sack attack: The Bucs sacked Buffalo quarterback EJ Manuel seven times.
What’s next: The Bucs host the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday.