On 11/09/13, there were two teams that were winless. On Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars got their first win of the season against the Tennessee Titans; on Monday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got their first win against the Miami Dolphins winning 22-19.
The Bucs started the game red hot, scoring on their first two possessions, a touchdown throw from quarterback Mike Glennon to offensive tackle Donald Penn (trick play) and a field goal by kicker Rian Lindell. The Dolphins meanwhile started terrible as their running game was non-existent and Tannehill was asked to do too much. The Bucs had a 15-0 lead and again, like most of the season, blew it. Ryan Tannehill threw a screen pass to wide receiver Rishard Matthews and he burst left to score the go ahead touchdown, making the score 19-15.
Bucs fans everywhere were distraught as Tampa always started great and faded at the end. But Monday night they finally broke the streak. Mike Glennon led a long fourth quarter drive that ended with a one yard run touchdown by running back Bobby Rainey, who was just signed from the Cleveland Browns two weeks ago. The Bucs defense closed the deal with two consecutive sacks on Tannehill and a fourth down interception from cornerback Darrelle Revis. The Bucs are now 1-8 and face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in Tampa.
Offensive MVP- Tampa Bay’s offensive line
The Dolphins ran the ball 14 times and got a grand total of two yards. Yes…. two. Meanwhile, the Bucs ran the ball 37 times and got a total of 140 yards. And this is without star running back Doug Martin and backup Mike James who fractured his ankle on the first drive. It was third down running back Brian Leanord and waiver pick up Bobby Rainey that gashed the Dolphin’s defense, thanks to the great blocking of the Bucs offensive line.
Defensive MVP- Linebacker Lavonte David
It was just another night at the office for linebacker Lavonte David as he had seven tackles; two for loss, a quarterback hit and a terrific stop for a safety. In the second quarter, deep in their endzone, the Dolphins ran a power run play to the left and Lavonte shot thru the gap and stopped him in the endzone. If people did not know who David was, they now know. He will soon be eating pineapple at the Pro Bowl.