Bobby Rainey rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns to ignite the Buccaneers to their second win of the season defeating the Atlanta Falcons 41-28 at Raymond James Stadium.
The former Ravens running back was picked up off waivers from the Cleveland Browns on October 21, after starter Doug Martin suffered a shoulder injury against these very same Falcons.
It was apparent Buccaneers Head Coach Greg Schiano wanted to run the ball more with 9 attempts in the first 18 plays.
Rainey proved worthy of the contract offer with a 43 yard jaunt into the endzone on the Bucs first possession of the second quarter. “All the credit goes to the offensive line,” said Rainey. “They did a great job of blocking and I did a decent job of finding the hole, finding the lanes, and getting it.”
Victor Jackson had another great day against the Falcons secondary. In two games, Jackson has 20 catches for 303 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan continued struggling with turnovers. Ryan threw two more interceptions Sunday, including a pick 6 to linebacker Mason Foster, to run his season total to 12. The sixth year pro has already matched his 2012 numbers and with five games remaining could exceed career highs of 14 recorded in 2012 and 2009.
Tampa Bay kept their foot on the gas pedal extending the 18 point lead on their first offensive series of the second half. Instead of a handoff to Rainey, quarterback Mike Glennon passed it to him for a 4 yard touchdown.
Things went from bad to worse on the Falcons ensuing drive. The Bucs special teamer Dekoda Watson blocked Matt Bosher’s punt giving the Tampa offense first and 10 at the Atlanta 20.
Glennon took advantage of the field position finding Jackson in the endzone for a commanding 38-6 lead.
Atlanta made a valiant attempt at a comeback scoring 22 points in the final quarter but there wasn’t enough time to overtake the Bucs lead.
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