Don’t let the 41-28 final score fool you.
The Atlanta Falcons were thoroughly whipped by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon in Raymond James Stadium.
Although the Falcons (2-8) are having a disastrous season, they were seemingly in better shape than the Bucs.
Going into the game, the Bucs had only one win on the season, and they had finally got that elusive victory against the Miami Dolphins just the week before.
Sunday proved otherwise. At one point in the third quarter, Tampa Bay (2-8) boasted a 38-6 lead.
Running back Bobby Rainey, who had been cut by the both Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns this season before being claimed by the Bucs, ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. He also had a four-yard touchdown reception.
Atlanta also didn’t have an answer for rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, who completed 20 of 23 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Falcons haven’t just lost the past four games; they’ve lost them in blowout fashion, being outscored 135-61. The current Atlanta team are a far cry from last year’s team that was 10 yards shy of a Super Bowl berth.
This season, Matt Ryan has been a completely different quarterback on the road. He added two more interceptions on Sunday, increasing his total to 11 thrown on the road to just one pick at home.
Linebacker Mason Foster took one of Ryan’s picks 37 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to give the Bucs a 17-3 lead.
Ryan also tossed two touchdown passes: an 80-yarder to Harry Douglas, and a six-yarder to Roddy White. Ryan finished 19 of 36 for 254 yards. He was also sacked three times.
Antone Smith made a case for more playing time, as he was inserted in the fourth quarter and promptly took one of his two carries for a 50-yard touchdown. The speedy running back took the other carry for 38 yards.
Things don’t get much better for the Falcons as they host the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.