By Max Luckan
Once again, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers find themselves on a losing streak. At one point this season, it looked like the Bucs were finally going to turn things around, but they have been playing extremely poor in these past two games. On Sunday, the Bucs went into St. Louis to take on the Rams, a team in which they have some history.
However, the Bucs were once again unable to get things going on offense and the defensive play suffered as a result. The Rams, meanwhile, are much better than their record indicates and still have room to grow, especially after their latest 23-13 victory over Tampa Bay, pushing the Bucs record to 4-11 on the year and 1-6 in away games.
Quarterback Grade: C-
Mike Glennon is beginning to look less and less like the team’s next franchise quarterback after all. Glennon could just be hitting a recent slump, but it’s no secret that his production has slipped in recent weeks. Against the Rams, Glennon completed 16-of-26 passes for 158 yards, however, he failed to throw a single touchdown pass. On a positive note, Glennon did not throw an interception.
Still, Glennon has failed to impress over the past couple of weeks. His turnovers have increased dramatically and he has not led the offense down the field with authority as he did in previous weeks. Glennon has to have a really solid game next week in order to impress his coaching staff.
Offense Grade: D+
It’s essentially the same old story every week: the Bucs offense is not very good. This is especially true in the second half of games. On Sunday, the Bucs offense dragged along and only managed one decent drive, which resulted in the team’s only touchdown. Overall, the team only had 170 yards of total offense on the day, which should be absolutely unacceptable.
Running back Bobby Rainey has struggled after having two decent games for the Bucs. He carried the ball 20 times against the Rams, but managed a lowly 37 yards on the ground. The fact of the matter is that if the Bucs don’t score points, they simply can’t win games.
Defense Grade: C-
There’s no question that the team’s defense has been better than the offense for most of this season, but even this unit has not played well over the past two weeks. While the Bucs were able to force two turnovers on Sunday, they allowed 23 points and 277 yards to a weak St. Louis offense. The Rams, of course, have been without starting quarterback Sam Bradford and the offense has suffered as a result.
The Bucs were out-coached in the second half and the defense was unable to stop the Rams offense. If this atrocious play on defense continues, head coach Greg Schiano won’t be able to make any more excuses.
Special Teams Grade: C+
Since the Bucs are unable to get anything going on offense, the special teams unit for the Bucs has been largely obsolete. Kick returner Eric Page has had little to do for most of this season, but even if he set the Bucs up with good field position, it likely wouldn’t amount to much given the way the offense has been performing.
Kicker Rian Lindell has provided about as much offense for the team as the entire offensive unit, which is never a good sign. Lindell connected on both of his field goals against St. Louis, and other than that, wasn’t able to do much more.
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Max Luckan lives in Tampa, FL and is a sports writer covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and NFL. Luckan has been covering the Buccaneers for a few years now. Max is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.