The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won back-to-back games and they got the job done today in dominant fashion.
The Bucs crushed their NFC South rival Atlanta Falcons Sunday afternoon 41-28 to move their record to 2-8.
In what was a complete team performance, the Bucs were dominant on both sides of the ball and took control on special teams too.
The Bucs scored 21 straight points in the second quarter to blow the game wide open.
Bobby Rainey scored on a 43-yard run, Mason Foster picked off Matt Ryan and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown, and then Rainey added a 3-yard touchdown run to make it 24-6 at half time.
The Bucs continued to pound the Falcons in the second half as they expanded their lead to 38-6 thanks to touchdown passes from Mike Glennon to Rainey and Vincent Jackson respectively.
The Falcons made the score close in the fourth quarter in garbage time as backups from both teams took the field as the game drew to a close.
The Bucs had several standout performers on offense: Rainey ran for 163 yards on 30 carries and became the first player in Bucs history to have two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown, while Mike Glennon was 20 of 23 for 231 yards and two touchdowns. His 11 touchdown passes on the season are a new franchise rookie record.
Jackson hauled in a career high 10 passes for 165 yards and a score, which included 53 and 47 yard completions, the latter being a stunning one handed grab.
Defensively, Gerald McCoy was his usual destructive self, as he sacked Ryan on three separate occasions. Lavonte David had nine tackles, while Dashon Goldson had an interception.
The Bucs pass coverage was sublime all day, and aside from an 80-yard touchdown by Harry Douglas, the longest completion was only 18-yards. The only concern for the Bucs was that Johnthan Banks left the game in the fourth quarter with an injured shoulder.
The Bucs were so full of confidence today that they tried, and successfully recovered an onside pick, tried, but failed, a fake punt, and had Rainey attempt a pass that fell incomplete. They dominated the time of possession too, holding the football for over 33 minutes, but did commit 11 penalties during the course of the game. Dekoda Watson also blocked a punt in the third quarter which would lead to Jackson’s touchdown reception.