Buccaneers Fall To 1-8 With 27-17 Loss

Bailey Adams, Sports Editor

Different week, same story for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs led the Falcons 17-16 in the fourth quarter but yet again, they found a way to lose. If there is a positive to take from this, it is that Tampa Bay kept it close with a team that beat them 56-14 in week three. In any case, a 27-17 loss is a 27-17 loss.

Coach Lovie Smith made a quarterback change this week, starting veteran Josh McCown over the younger Mike Glennon. McCown played fairly well, completing 27 of 43 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns, though he threw two late interceptions. However, lack of protection from the offensive line plagued offensive production again.

After McCown hit rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins for a one-yard touchdown early in the fourth to take a 17-16 lead, the Falcons drove 65 yards in five minutes. Atlanta took the lead on Matt Ryan’s five-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White before picking up the two-point conversion on a pass from Ryan to Harry Douglas.

Matt Bryant added a field goal to the Falcons’ lead later in the quarter, putting Tampa Bay away for good.

Rookie Mike Evans continues to be one of the only bright spots for the Buccaneers, catching seven passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. In doing so, he became the first Tampa Bay rookie to total 100 receiving yards in back-to-back games.

Tampa Bay (1-8) will travel to Washington to take on the Redskins (3-6) next week.