Dec 22, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) throws the ball away as he is pressured by St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn (94) during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams defeated the Buccaneers 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fall to 4-11 With 23-13 Loss to St. Louis Rams

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced a team with a backup quarterback on Sunday. They faced a team missing a young star receiver, as well. They faced a team with a good turnover margin, but that lacked in wins as a result.

So despite facing a St. Louis Rams team that was very much like the Buccaneers, Tampa Bay fell short to lose their 11th game of the year.

The Buccaneers gained only 170 total yards on the day, while allowing seven sacks and turning the ball over on two fumbles. The 32nd ranked offense in the league looked the part on Sunday, gaining only three yards per play against a decent St. Louis defense.

The Buccaneers would find the end zone only once on a Bobby Rainey one-yard touchdown. The score was the finale to an 85-yard drive, which represented half of the Tampa Bay offense on the day.

The defense was as good as it normally is, shutting down the St. Louis offense and preventing 300 total yards of offense. But the tough running of Zac Stacy and a big play on a double reverse to Stedman Bailey would prove to be the difference, as the normally stout Tampa Bay run defense would allow 129 rushing yards on the day.

The Bucs fall to 4-11 on the year, while the Rams improve to 7-8. The Buccaneers face the New Orleans Saints next week, who are coming off of a loss to the Carolina Panthers in the final minute of their Week 16 matchup.

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  • Jayson Kaplan

    So to revisit the “Bucs playing for their jobs” discussion, after yesterday I won’t shed a tear for Donald Penn should he be cut for cap space. Granted, most offensive tackles have had trouble with Robert Quinn, but if this is a team that is to ever contend, the LT has to be able to handle guys like Quinn and Aldon Smith etc. Penn may be loved by some fans because he used to be better and he can sometimes score a TD on a tackle-eligible pass play and then “dunk” over the crossbar, but that doesn’t do much when he can’t pass protect.

    Which brings us to Glennon. Anyone still think this guy is the future? Not sure why the narrative still exists that Glennon has “performed well with some rookie mistakes” (Billick tried to sell it again yesterday) unless those people only saw three of the four wins (because he looked like garbage in the Buffalo game). I’ve never seen an NFL QB so acutely aware of the remotest pressure which causes him to panic and either make a mistake or just fall down. Smaller QBs stand tall in the pocket and take the hit to find the open target. Glennon looks for Jackson and then panics when he’s not open.

    On the plus side, is there anything Lavonte David can’t do? One of the few bright spots this year has been watching David emerge as one of the premiere players at the position. Hopefully the next coach will understand just what he has in this defense and put out an offense that can hold up its end of the bargain.

    • LeoTPP

      I agree on all points, but I will say that the Bucs HAVE to have a replacement lined up for Penn before letting him go. They could do much, much worse than Penn.

      • Jayson Kaplan

        Agreed. It makes the offensive line that much more an issue to address this offseason both in the draft and through free agency.