Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Keys to victory: Buccaneers 22, Dolphins 19
By ESPN Stats & Information
What were the keys to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 22-19 win over the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football?
Winning with defense
The Buccaneers held the Dolphins to only two rushing yards, the fewest in a game by the Dolphins in franchise history, and the fourth-fewest in a game by any team since the start of the 1990 season.
The Dolphins were hit at or behind the line of scrimmage on 12 of their 14 rushes. They only gained one yard before contact on each of their two other runs.
Miami protected quarterback Ryan Tannehill until the final drive of the game when he was sacked twice. Tannehill’s 37 times sacked are the most by any quarterback in the NFL this season.
Spreading the carries around
The Buccaneers garnered 140 rushing yards, split between Brian Leonard, Bobby Rainey and Mike James. Each had at least 20 yards before contact, the only time the Buccaneers have had three such players in a game in the last five seasons.
Did You Know?
Mike Glennon became the sixth rookie quarterback in NFL history to earn his first career win on Monday Night Football. The other five are Scott Bull (1976 San Francisco 49ers), Charlie Batch (1998 Detroit Lions), Jonathan Quinn (1998 Jacksonville Jaguars), Shaun King (1999 Buccaneers) and Blaine Gabbert (2011 Jaguars).
Meanwhile, the Dolphins have lost five straight Monday Night Football games, tied for the longest active losing streak with the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams.