The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were simply over matched by the Atlanta Falcons. Despite taking on a depleted Falcons team that wasn’t even playing well when they were healthy, the Bucs were just not good enough to compete in this game.
So, which play of the many makes the cut as the single moment that cost the Buccaneers their 6th consecutive loss in 2013 and 11 of their last 12?
As you could probably guess, it came early in this one. For the first time all year, a play in the first quarter gets the honors.
It came on the first drive for the Buccaneers just after the defense held the Falcons to a 3 and out. Mike Glennon’s first pass was incomplete, the second play was a short gain for Doug Martin, the third was “The Play”.
Glennon takes the snap and is instantly under pressure. All three receivers, and the tight end, release down the field on deeper patterns. Before any of them make it into their breaks, Glennon is under pressure. He scrambles to his right, but William Moore gives him a shot. Glennon fumbles, Thomas DeCoud picks it up, touchdown Falcons.
From there it was all downhill for the Buccaneers. The 7-0 hole was one they would never climb out of despite have multiple chances. Defensively it was not the finest Buccaneer effort, and the offense simply isn’t close to being a finished NFL product.
The Bucs lost this game early and it all start with “The Play.”