For the sixth time in as many starts this season the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were on the losing end of the scoreboard. The Falcons beat Tampa Bay by the score of 31-23 Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
Atlanta was led by quarterback Matt Ryan who threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Jacquizz Rodgers, en route to ending their three-game losing streak.
Harry Douglas had seven receptions for a career-best 149 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown catch, for the Falcons (2-4). Douglas flourished as Ryan’s No. 1 receiver with Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White inactive for the first time in his nine-year career due to hamstring and ankle injuries.
Falcons safety William Moore sacked Mike Glennon to force a fumble on Tampa Bay’s first possession. Safety Thomas DeCoud returned the fumble recovery 30 yards for a touchdown.
The Buccaneers (0-6) controlled the ball in the fourth quarter but managed only two field goals by Rian Lindell. This also marked the 11th times in 12 games that Bucs have lost. Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano, was supposed to a guy who preached both discipline and fundamentals. However, coming into Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, the only team that was flagged more often than the Buccaneers were the New York Jets.
The Bucs were averaging 8.6 penalties per game and recorded 11 penalties yesterday for 103 yards. Many of these penalties were in key situations on the field and killed drives, often putting the team in third and long situations. Third and long situations have plagued the Buccaneers all season long.
Listen to the gang on Sports Talk Florida as they breadown the loss to the Falcons from all aspects and answer the big question in the Bay Area. When will the Bucs fire Greg Schiano?