Despite Mike Glennon’s best efforts at a comeback, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers remain winless.
The Bucs dropped to 0-6 after a 31-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.
Glennon and the offense played from behind for the duration of the game as the Bucs secondary failed them all game long.
Leonard Johnson and Johnthan Banks were picked on by Matt Ryan, who threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns for the Falcons, while Darrelle Revis saw little action as Ryan threw away from him all game.
While the secondary did nothing to help the Bucs win the game, the lack of discipline returned as the Bucs had 11 penalties for 103 yards.
The inability to protect the football also cost the Bucs as the Falcons first touchdown came from a Glennon fumble that was scooped up by Thomas DeCoud and returned for a touchdown.
Glennon had his best game as a pro as he threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns. Both TD passes were hauled in by Vincent Jackson, one of which was a spectacular 59-yard one-handed reception, and he finished with 138 receiving yards on 10 catches.
But the usually stellar defense was nowhere to be found for the Bucs. The front seven did nothing to get Ryan out of rhythm although Lavonte David had a big game, recording 10 tackles, three of which were for losses, but the majority of that work was done in the first half. While they didn’t impact the passing game, the Bucs D-Line did hold the Falcons to 18 yards of rushing on 18 attempts.
The Bucs got back to within a touchdown early in the third quarter, but that was as close as they would get as the Falcons held the Bucs to two field goals in the fourth to maintain their lead, with Greg Schiano opting to take the three points rather than going for the touchdown.
To make matters worse for the Bucs, Doug Martin left the game early in the third after taking a big hit near the goal line and did not return. Mike James took his spot and ended up with 45 yards on 13 carries.
Dashon Goldson also left the game with a knee injury but he did return for the Bucs, although he was nowhere to be seen most of the game.