Tampa Bay finally gets their first win
But, it almost wasn't. Tampa was winning 15-0 with 9:01 in the 2nd quarter, and 15-7 at halftime, but just like every other opponent they faced this season, they let Miami make a comeback. Next thing you know, Miami is winning 19-15 at the end of the 3rd quarter. So, Tampa would lose this game, right? Not so fast. Although they lost ANOTHER RB in Rookie RB from Miami (FL) Mike James to a Broken Ankle (Out for Season most likely), they did have to rely on RB's Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey. Yes, Bobby Rainey from Western Kentucky. I didn't know him until last night when he scored the game-winning Touchdown run to make Tampa go up by 3 with 10:19 to go in the 4th quarter. Regardless, Tampa Bay beat Miami, much to the dismay of Dolphin fans, who now have to deal with losing to the hapless Bucs on top of the chaos surrounding Martin and Incognito.
What was the key to Tampa's win? Well, Run defense for one, they only gave up 2 total rushing yards to Miami. 2! While the Bucs had 140 rushing yards, led by Brian Leonard with 57, Rainey 45, James 41 and Glennon -3. And, it's not like Miami got beat in the air, Mike Glennon only had 130 passing yards total.
Well, Miami was attempting to at least get in field goal range to tie it up, but not according to Tampa Bay who sacked Tannehil twice on consecutive plays, which made it 3rd and VERY long, so Tannehil had to throw it deep with like a little over a minute to go and backed up deep in their own territory, but of course, Buc's CB Darrelle Revis decides to Intercept the ball and end the game. So, what does this mean for both teams? For Tampa, it means they finally can go to the locker room winners, without the 0-16 bug chasing them, and Revis can say he can have 16 mil along with a win. For Miami, this loss pretty much adds insult to injury, adding a loss to Tampa, starting 3-0 and losing the next 4-5, and of course the whole bullying thing with Martin and Richie, and so on.