Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/12/13
Two teams, both 4-4 on the season, faced two teams with winless records over the weekend with the hope of putting more nails in each team’s coffin.After last night’s 22-19 win over the Miami Dolphins, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined the Jacksonville Jaguars among the last teams in the league to secure their first victory of the season.In doing so, the Buccaneers breathed a little more life into a franchise that was anything but steady.The Dolphins, who had been much maligned in the wake of the team’s bullying scandal, could not come back from a 15-0 deficit in the first half and looked defeated in the first half.The second half comeback the team mounted fell short as Tampa Bay would not be denied a win after losing in overtime to Seattle last week.Rookie Mike Glennon threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tackle Donald Penn and led a long fourth-quarter TD drive to put the Buccaneers ahead for good in a 22-19 victory. It appeared for the first time all season, embattled head coach Greg Schiano pushed all the right buttons that allowed the Bucs to start string and finish solid.The Bucs (1-8) held fourth-quarter leads in four of their eight losses, losing each time in the final 89 seconds of regulation or overtime."It had the same feeling going down the stretch," Schiano said after his team won for only the second time in 15 games dating to last season. "But our guys bowed up and made some plays."Here is what we learned from this game.Ryan Tannehill is better equipped for the no-huddle offenseIt appears that if Tannehill is going to take that next step, he must do so with an offense that picks up the pace and plays like it is headed for impending doom.We saw two sides to Tannehill Monday night. The quarterback who started out the game was confuse and rattled by an explosive Bucs defense. The pressure up the middle made Tannehill shaky, which led to many missed opportunities to move the ball. As he moved forward in the two-minute drill, we saw he could be more effective toward the end of the first half.Losing to the previously winless Bucs can't be good for Dolphins coach Joe PhilbinAs Ashley Fox of ESPN.com wrote, “There are football ramifications and there are social ramifications to the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin mess in Miami, and neither can be good for Dolphins coach Joe Philbin.”The loss on Monday night certainly did not help things at all.There have been rumblings all week about a shakeup in the Dolphins’ organization because of this fiasco, where both Philbin and team general manager Jeff Ireland have been mentioned.The story will just not go away. And because there are legal ramifications to this ground-breaking situation, it looks to be a dark cloud over the franchise for the remainder of the season.The Dolphins showed a fighting spiritFox’s story about the game not only talked about the situation with the Dolphins and is management, it spoke of a team that did not lay down for a winless team.“The Dolphins cut the lead to 15-7 by halftime and scored 12 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a 19-15 lead into the fourth quarter.”Glennon gets first winWhile he played like a rookie, Glennon still led his team to its first win. Glennon was 11 of 21 passing for 139 yards and a score. He was also intercepted once and sacked twice.Glennon and Tiquan Underwood become fast friends on the night. Underwood, ironically a former Jaguars player who made a stop in New England, caught three passes for 64 yards on the night. Underwood’s speed could be another nice piece to implement regularly in the Bucs offense.Matthews a demon in the passing gameOf all the receivers Ryan Tannehill could use in the Dolphins offense, Rishard Matthews became his favorite target Monday night.Matthews caught 11 balls for 120 yards and Tannehill’s two touchdowns on the night. Brian Hartline had five catches on the night for 57 yards.Tannehill finished with 229 yards on 27 completions. He threw an interception and was sacked twice.
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