The Tampa Bay Buccaneers let a 15-point lead slip away, but battled back to win the team’s first game of the season 22-19 over the Miami Dolphins.
Tampa got off to a great start taking advantage of a Dolphins team that clearly wasn’t on its game early.
Miami finally got it going on the teams last drive of the first half. Ryan Tannehill drove the Dolphins 90 yards on 8/8 passing to cut the Buccaneers lead to 15-7 heading into the locker room.
The Dolphins continued that momentum in the 3rd quarter outscoring Tampa Bay 12-0 off of two Caleb Sturgis field goals, and the second Rishard Matthews touchdown of the game.
But Mike Glennon came right back with a 9-play 80-yard drive of his own capped off by a Bobby Rainey 1-yard touchdown run to give the lead back to the Bucs.
The Dolphins got the ball back at the teams 5-yard line with 3 minutes to go down by 3. Miami was able to get to the 33-yard line, but that was as far as they would go.
Tannehill was sacked on the next 2 plays, losing 18 yards in the process. On a 4th and 28, Tanehill’s last gasp was picked off by Darrelle Revis ending the Dolphins hopes.
In the game, Miami managed just 2 rushing yards on 14 carries putting all the pressure on the passing game to get the job done. The Buccaneers knew that, and took advantage getting to Tannehill twice on the games final drive. With the win, there are no longer any winless teams in the NFL.
Mike Glennon struggled in this one completing 11/21 passes for 139 yards, throwing 1 touchdown, and 1 interception that came deep in his own territory.
After Mike James left the game with an ankle injury, Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey held down the fort rushing for 102 combined yards. It was the Bucs defense though that carried them to victory.
With everything that’s gone on with Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin over this past week, the Dolphins now drop a crucial game falling to 4-5 on the season. If this team wants to keep its playoff hopes alive, Miami has to get it back together quickly, otherwise major changes could be on