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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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Injuries, Losses Proving Costly for Tampa Bay Buccaneers

September 15th, 2014 at 2:01 PM
By Michael Compton

With consecutive losses to open the season, the 2014 Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to extend an unwanted September streak of futility.

NFL Nation columnist Pat Yasinskas notes that the Bucs have now lost nine straight games in the month of September, dating back to last season. With road tests against the Atlanta Falcons and the Pittsburgh Steelers on deck, the streak could very well reach 11 games.

In the 19-17 defeat suffered Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, the Bucs lost more than just the game. The team took an even bigger blow when Gerald McCoy (pictured) reportedly broke his hand. The face of the rebuilding franchise, McCoy anchored what was a stout defensive front to begin the season.

The Bucs announced ahead of Sunday's game that starting defensive end Adrian Clayborn was lost for the year with a biceps injury and that fellow defensive end Michael Johnson was not going to play due to an ankle injury. Mason Foster injured a shoulder during the game and didn’t return.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fall to 0-2 with 19-17 Loss to St. Louis Rams

September 14th, 2014 at 9:44 PM
By Michael Compton

Both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the St. Louis Rams entered Sunday’s contest at Raymond James Stadium well aware of the implications that come with an 0-2 start to the regular season.

When the dust cleared on a hard-fought battle, the Rams, behind four field goals from Gary Zuerlein, handed the Bucs their second consecutive loss, 19-17, in front of an announced crowd of 59,923.

“That was a tough one to lose,” said head coach Lovie Smith in his post-game press conference. “I thought we ran the ball well at times to keep us in it. But the mistakes kind of threw us off.”

Quarterback Josh McCown played better than he did in his Bucs’ debut in the season-opening loss to the Carolina Panthers a week ago. The Bucs scored on the game’s opening possession, going 77 yards in 10 plays. McCown capped the drive with a touchdown run from 5 yards out. The rushing score was McCown’s first as a Buccaneer and the first rushing touchdown by a Buccaneers quarterback since Josh Freeman in 2011.

McCown, who finished the day 16-of-21 for 179 yards and one interception, scored the only other Buccaneer touchdown, hurdling himself into the end zone from the 1 yard line.

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Buccaneers, Rams Tied in Weather Delay

September 14th, 2014 at 5:28 PM
By Michael Compton

With lightning in the area and threatening clouds hovering above Raymond James Stadium, the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the St. Louis Rams was temporarily suspended with just over six minutes remaining in the first half and the contest tied 7-7.

The Bucs got off to a quicker start than they did a week ago in their loss to the Carolina Panthers. With Josh McCown completing passes to Brandon Meyers, Robert Herron, Mike Evans and Jorvorskie Lane and the Rams extending the drive with multiple penalties, the Bucs marched down the field on their initial possession. Bobby Rainey also made his presence felt, running the ball admirably filling in for the injured Doug Martin.

McCown capped off the drive with a 5-yard ramble for a touchdown to give the Bucs their first lead of the season. The lead was short-lived as the Rams’ offense answered with a scoring drive of their own to knot the game at 7-7.

Later, with the Buccaneers threatening on a first and goal, McCown threw an interception on an ill-advised throw.

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