Last season, Joey Galloway was virtually Chris Simms’ only option in the passing game. He totaled career highs in touchdown receptions and provided enough electrifying catches to stimulate the Buccaneers into the playoffs.  

Without Galloway, the Buccaneers easily would have missed the playoffs for the third consecutive year.  With 1,283 yards and 10 touchdowns, Galloway’s 2005 season will be highly regarded as one of the best ever by a Tampa Bay receiver.  Galloway is attempting to add to his résumé this year, starting with his performance against the Falcons.

Against the Ravens, Galloway was held without a catch.

There were very little in terms of bright spots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Falcons, but Galloway has proven that he is one of the most reliable targets in the NFL.  On many occasions against the Falcons, Simms relied on Galloway for a quality first down and many key receptions.  All day, the Falcons defense bent, but didn’t break, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort on Galloway’s part.

Quarterback Chris Simms completed 28 passes for 313 yards against the Falcons. Galloway was on the receiving end of nine of those passes en route to 161 yards.  

Galloway was matched up against cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who has a knack for shutting down top receivers.  

In comparison, all other Buccaneers receivers gained no more than 62 yards in individual statistics.  

If the Bucs look to go anywhere this season, Galloway will have to the lead the charge.  He is the key to the Buccaneers righting the ship, and he is the Pewter Report MVP of Sunday’s game vs. Atlanta.

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