It’s becoming a horror show for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Bucs blew their third fourth-quarter lead of the season to lose 13-10 to the Arizona Cardinals to drop to 0-4 on the season.
The first half was smooth as the Bucs led 10-0 thanks to great play by the defense and Mike Glennon, making his first career NFL start, was stable throwing the football.
However, it all fell apart in the second half. And it fell apart particularly for Greg Schiano’s new quarterback as Glennon threw two costly interceptions.
A Cards field goal early in the fourth cut it to 10-3 due to a fumbled handoff from Glennon to Doug Martin which was the start of a disastrous fourth quarter for Glennon and the Bucs.
He threw a pick to Patrick Peterson deep inside Bucs territory that he returned to the 13-yard line. On the very next play, Carson Palmer hit Larry Fitzgerald for a 13-yard touchdown to tie the game.
After a quick three and out by the Bucs, Jay Feely connected on a 27-yard field goal to make it 13-10 Arizona.
With the ball back in his hands, Glennon had a chance to lead his side on a game-winning drive. After a few quick completions to move the Bucs down the field, he once again hit Patrick Peterson who made his second interception of the game to seal the Cardinals win.
Glennon finished the game with 193 passing yards after completing 24 of 43 passes with one touchdown and two picks. His first career touchdown was an 8-yard strike to Mike Williams in the first quarter.
The defense deserved better again as they were dominant all afternoon. Gerald McCoy was a beast, wrecking havoc all afternoon as he recorded a sack, a pass deflection and recovered a fumble.
Johnthan Banks recorded his first career interception as he picked Palmer off in the end zone, while Darrelle Revis grabbed his first pick as a Buccaneer.
However, the defense wasn’t given much of a chance late because of the Bucs’ failing offense.
Doug Martin got no help from his offensive line, as he only managed 45 yards on 27 carries for an average of 1.7 yards per carry.
Vincent Jackson played for the Bucs despite his rib injury but wasn’t noticeable as he only caught two passes for 27 yards. In fact, Glennon’s favourite target was rookie tight end Tim Wright who made five catches for 41 yards.
The Buccaneers did run a fake punt from their own 25 as Dashon Goldson ran for 22-yards after he received the direct snap but that was the only excitement Bucs fan saw in the second half as they watched their team blow another fourth quarter lead.