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December 8, 2013 @ 10:53 pm
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Bucs Tame Bills For Fourth Win: Unit Game Grades

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Haley Cornish

Haley
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Tampa Bay picked up their fourth win of the season easily taking care of the Buffalo Bills at Raymond James Stadium. After each game, PewterReport.com grades each unit. See if you agree in this postgame feature from PewterReport.com.
Tampa Bay won their fourth game of the season, beating the Buffalo Bills 27-6. The Bucs move to 4-9 on the season thanks to a great defensive performance. Here are PewterReport.com’s unit game grades.

QUARTERBACK
Mike Glennon’s terrific November performance is clearly in the past, as he had his second poor game in a row. This game is – statistically – Glennon’s worst of his young career, throwing just nine completions in 25 attempts (36percent), 90 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. He had a passer rating of just 40.4. Almost half of his yards came on a 38-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson.

The Bills lead the league in sacks this year, so pressure was to be expected on Glennon. The offensive line actually held the Bills to just one sack, but Glennon was often under pressure, which was definitely a contributing factor to his poor play.

Glennon made plenty of mistakes in the game, but again he didn’t have much help around him. The run game after the opening drive was extremely unsuccessful, and his receivers were unable to get open on a number of plays. But it does not excuse all of his inaccuracy he had when players were open.

Glennon’s two interceptions came when he was trying to force the ball to Jackson. The first one was off target, and the second one was a back shoulder fade thrown poorly, making it an easy play for the defender.
GRADE= D

RUNNING BACKS
Things were looking great for Bobby Rainey after he busted loose for the longest run in franchise history (80 yards). But after that big run, the run game couldn’t get going. Rainey ran the ball 21 other times for just 47 yards (2.2 average).

The Bucs got some other backs involved this game, both with little success. Brian Leonard ran seven times for 26 yards, and Michael Hill ran five times for 17 yards.

The offensive line, yet again, failed to create much running room aside from the big touchdown run. Rainey and company did what they could and were able to get something out of nothing on several plays. And Rainey’s 80-yard run really gave the Bucs momentum to start the game, and did open up the passing game later in the first half, leading to big plays.
GRADE= B

WIDE RECEIVERS
When your quarterback only has nine completions, there’s a good chance it was partly due to the receivers. Vincent Jackson led the team with just three receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. He almost had a second score, but the officials ruled him out of bounds. Jackson continues to make huge plays down field even when it looks like he’s being well covered. And he was well covered for most of the game, drawing double teams and forcing Glennon to look elsewhere.

Tiquan Underwood, who’s clearly emerged as the No. 2 receiver, had his worst game of the season. He was targeted five times but didn’t catch a single pass, including a dropped touchdown catch. Glennon threw an interception right after Underwood’s drop, so it was a big play.
GRADE= D

TIGHT ENDS
Tim Wright was the only tight end to make a play in the game. Wright had two catches for 21 yards and a touchdown. Wright was able to get open in the back of the end zone for the score. Other than that, Wright was a nonfactor in the game.
GRADE= C

OFFENSIVE LINE
The offensive line had another inconsistent game in both the run and pass protection. Donald Penn and Jamon Meredith got off to a great start, opening up the big hole for Rainey to bust loose on an 80-yards run. But after that play, they were often beat on the line, resulting in run plays of little or no gain.

Considering the defense they were going up against (the Bills have the most sacks in the league) the front line did well, only allowing a single sack. Glennon was often under pressure, but it could have been much worse.

Jeremy Zuttah had two penalties, one false start and one hold. Donald Penn had an unnecessary roughness call after a play, but did a terrific job, holding Mario Williams at bay the entire afternoon.
OFFENSIVE LINE= C

DEFENSIVE LINE
The front four had their best game of the season, responsible for four sacks. They also kept the running game in check, allowing CJ Spiller to rush for just 22 yards on 11 carries.

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was  a force all game, which is nothing new. He had six tackles, a sack, three hits on the quarterback, and a pass batted down. Rookie defensive end William Gholston, who’s gotten a lot more playing time lately, had his breakout game. He finished with four tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a pass batted down. Defensive tackle Derek Landri also had a sack in the game, along with Da’Quan Bowers, who shared a sack with Gholston.

The consistent pressure on E.J. Manual not only resulted in sacks and throwaways, but they also helped the Bucs get four interceptions in the game, extending their league lead.
GRADE= A

LINEBACKERS
Lavonte David continues to make his Pro Bowl bid with maybe his best game of the season. David led the team with nine tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, two quarterback hits, and two interceptions. At this point, it would be absolutely ridiculous for David to not get a Pro Bowl bid, and he should even get consideration for Defensive Player of the Year.

Middle linebacker Mason Foster had his third interception of the season on a diving catch, and also had nine tackles and two quarterback hits. Dakota Watson, replacing the injured Jonathan Casillas, had two tackles and a tackle for loss.

The linebacker unit played extremely well and made no big mistakes this game.
GRADE= A

SECONDARY
The secondary played at the top of their game along with the rest of the defense. Johnthan Banks had his third interception of the year, along with two tackles. Darrelle Revis looked like himself this week after being injured the last game. He finished with four tackles, a sack, and a monster hit that resulted in Lavonte David’s second interception.

Strong safety Mark Barron continued his impressive season with four tackles and a sack. Free safety Dashon Goldson had two tackles and a pass break up.
GRADE= A

SPECIAL TEAMS
Rian Lindell, facing his former team, had a good game making both of his field goals, one of which was from 53 yards out. The Bucs also recovered a fumble on a muffed catch, and did a good job covering on punts and kicks.

The only big mistake was when Dakota Watson roughed the punter on a near block, resulting in a first down for Buffalo.
GRADE= B

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    @EastEndBoy- after you mentioned it last week I went back and looked at his stats minus VJax's great grabs and to say they were unimpressive would be an understatement. He dinks and dunks and then hopefully connects on his deep bombs. I would rather invest money in a proven QB than start Glennon or draft a QB but you were spot on. His numbers this week were atrocious and I agree he is actually getting worse now that word is out on Mike "Check Down" Glennon.
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    If u had the receiving core we did almost any quarterback would be unsuccesful. Look at Tom brady before gronk got back.... Also if you want to sit here and say "take away the vjax throw ups" the lets do the same for matthew stafford. How many times has stafford thrown the ball up for grabs into triple coverage?? Take away calvins numbers and what would you have?? These statements about everyone complaining makes no sense. He's your number one and he's SUPPOSED to go up and make plays on jump balls. Not sure why people are so hard on glennon. I see we've won four of the last five with him under center. Give the guy some recievers and things could be different. GO BUCS
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    WELL I THINK IF TAMPA BAY CAN GET A THIRD ROUND PICK SOMEHOW THE TEAM CAN PLUG SOME HOLES. I THINK THE TEAM DID WELL GLENNON WILL HAVE ITS GAMES. BUT THEY WON WHICH FREEMAN DIDNOT HAVE. I THINK TAMPA SHOULD GO AFTER PROVEN PLAYERS THAT HAVE PLAYED ON CHAMPIONSHIP/PRO STYLE TEAMS. THEY HAVE A NO#1,NO#2 NO#4,NO#5 AND 2-NO#7. I THINK THERE WILL BE SOME TEAMS THAT ARE PANICING WHEN DRAFT TIMES COME. WITHTAMPA MOVING IN THE PICK #7 TO #12 RANGE. TAMPA COULD GET A GOOD PLAYER IN EACH OF THE DRAFT SLOTS. BUT IF SOME TEAM THAT HAVE MULT PICKS THROUGH-OUT DRAFT MAKE A BID TO COME UP TO TAMPA 1ST RD SELECTION. I SAY GO TRADE DOWN AND GET ANOTHER SELECTION OR TWO. NEXT YEAR TAMPA WILL BE SOLID WITH RUNNING BACKS WITH MARTIN;JAMES AND RAINEY. SO MY VIEWPOINT IS THIS AND NOT IN THIS ORDER-A WR;TE OT;OG/C AND DEF LINE PLAYER PLUS ANOTHER ILB AND OLB.AN SOMEHOW THEY GET SEVERAL EXTRA DRAFT PICKS TAMPA WILL BE SET. GO BUCS-REMEMBER THAT TAMPA HAS 15 PLAYERS ON IRL. GO BUCS
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    Glennon: I mentioned last week my concern with Glennon having poor-to-good games that looked better because of 1 deep ball to VJax on which Vincent makes a great grab (accounting for about half of his yards).....well yesterday's line subtracting the 1 deep ball to VJax (again half of his yards) on which VJax again made a great catch:.................................8 for 24 for 52 yards (yes 6 yards per pass.....not per run!) with 2 INTs and 2 TDs....8 completions, 2 of which were for TDs.....I guess those sold on Glennon as a starter will try and tell me that his TD per Reception statistic (25%) is the best in the league....however, I remain open to seeing this guy give me a reason to back him as a starter...haven't seen it yet (and he's getting worse), but I am still looking....
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    I agree with all the comments that were made about the grades and the performance on the field. I'm definitely up for using our high draft picks on offense since that seems to be the strength of the draft in the positions we'll be picking. The OL, WR, and TE positions look good. It would be different if we were drafting in the top 3 and had a shot at Clowney, but it looks like that won't be the case.
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    I thought the RB, and OL deserved a little lower grade, but other than that it was fine. Take away one 80 yard run and the rest of the running was poor. We kept trying to give Buffalo a chance to come back, but they kept shooting themselves in the foot. Sitting on a score by playing conservative has proven in the past to be costly.
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    The grades are fine by me and I won’t quibble about a win – even an ugly win from an offensive perspective. However bad Buffalo was and they looked like the worst team we have played, there were lots of things to be happy about. Our young players from the last two drafts are producing on the defense. The Offensive line seems star struck. Never being able to get the on-paper top-five players on the field at the same time makes one wonder what could have been. Mike Glennon is playing like the rookie we thought he was, but I’m not too concerned about it because he stiil exhibits a lot of upside. The last two games should calm the franchise fanatics because he’s far from deserving that mention now. Vincent Jackson makes a lot of bad, never-should-have-been thrown passes look pretty good, but there were enough good passes for us to continue to observe with hope that he can eventually be the guy. Anyway, having said all of that, it was a win and I’ll take that all day every day!
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    Upgrading the QB position has to be a focal point of the offseason bc it's clear that although Glennon might be a solid QB someday that day clearly isnt now. We have spent money for a team that's a good coach away from winning now. Getting Philip Rivers this offseason has to be a priority so we dont waste our players best years (Revis, Jackson) waiting on a rookie QB to develop. Rivers will walk in with credibility, the ability to make all the throws, a connection with VJax and the ability to make the correct decisions with the football. Sign Rivers to a 2 year deal and let Glennon sit and develop. I wouldn't be opposed to the Bucs drafting Sammy Watkins in the 1st round to take the top of defenses now and eventually replace Jackson as the #1. This offense has no one that strikes fear in DBs eyes after they catch the ball or that demand a cushion. He would open up screens, reverses and give us someone capable of scoring on every play.
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    No overall quibble with the unit grades - defense played great while the offense was brutally bad. For the defense, it was a welcome change to see us beat-up on someone without letting rank rookies (Geno Smith) or second tier players (Harry Douglas) look much better than they actually are. Buffalo may have some offensive weapons but they are not that good. We SHOULD be beating the snot out of them - it was really fun to watch. The offense, on the other hand, was not fun to watch. O.K., the O-line allowed one sack. So what? Glennon did nothing with the time he had in the pocket - inaccurate throws, bad decision making, two interceptions (should have been more - what hell was that shuttle pass that the Bills defender dropped?!?!?). For stretches of the game, he was worse than E.J. Manuel. Running game was virtually non-existent after the second play of the game. Play calling was as bad and predictable as ever. Schiano and Glennon keep talking about the Bills defense stats and how good they are. Well, guys, they're not That good - look at their record. Plus, isn't the Bucs defense ranked higher? And our offense did virtually nothing against the Bills D unless our defense put them in great field position time after time. This game reminded me of the late 90's. We won but only because of our defense. Still, a win is a win so I'm happy (but still very concerned).
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    So one of Glennon's picks came after a receiver fell down, and one happened after UWood dropped a pass in the endzone. That tells me the Bucs would do well to use a top pick on a wideout this spring. After V Jax, and Williams who was underwelming before he got hurt,there isn't much to work with. It's a passing league we need a top flight receiver.
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    As well as the defense played, the offense was horrific. Glennon's comment, which inferred that the team was content to sit on the lead, was telling. Hate to be critical after a victory, but Greg, this is the NFL....no half-time lead is safe.
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