Upon Further Review: Buccaneers Week 14

December, 9, 2013
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TAMPA, Fla. -- A review of four hot issues from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 27-6 victory against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

[+] EnlargeGreg Schiano
Kim Klement/USA TODAY SportsWith three wins in Tampa Bay's past four games, Greg Schiano is making a case for keeping his job.
The Schiano watch: It still is more than fair game to speculate about whether Greg Schiano will get a third season as coach. But even the anti-Schiano bandwagon, which has been overloaded most of the season, has to look at Sunday’s win and see some positives. The Bucs have won four out of their past five games. Ownership likes the way Schiano has cleaned up the locker room and ownership is very aware Schiano has three more years on his contract. If the Bucs can play well in their final three games, ownership might decide to keep Schiano.

The dominant defense: Let’s preface this by acknowledging the fact the Bucs were playing a mediocre team with rookie quarterback EJ Manuel. But still, look at what the defense did -- seven sacks and four interceptions. At least for one day, the Tampa Bay defense looked a lot like it did in the franchise’s glory years.

Rainey-mania returns: Running back Bobby Rainey, who is only playing due to injuries to Doug Martin and Mike James, finished with 127 yards on 22 carries. The numbers are a little skewed because 80 of those yards came on Rainey’s first carry of the game. But think ahead to next year and picture a backfield with a healthy Martin, a healthy James and Rainey.

Glennon’s bumpy day: Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon had one of his worst outings. He completed just 9 of 25 passes for 90 yards with two interceptions and a 40.4 passer rating. But Glennon did complete two touchdown passes and got lots of help from the defense and special teams.

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