Earlier today the Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered from yet another loss to the Atlanta Falcons, and with this loss the Buccaneers join a group of three teams that have failed to win a game. The Buccaneers are off to one of their worst starts ever with the departure of Josh Freeman, but soon their season may seem a lot worse.
During their game against the Falcons running back Doug Martin leaped to make a catch in the end zone but was hit by Falcons safety William Moore forcing an incompletion. Martin landed awkwardly on his shoulder, left the game immediately, and obviously did not return.
Martin is currently ranked ninth in the NFL in rushing yards, and his absence to the Buccaneers will surely hurt their chances of winning. Quarterback Mike Glennon and Martin worked together well as a balanced pass-run offense, but depending on the severity of Martin’s injury the season may be in the hands of the rookie quarterback.
Glennon’s statistics have shown consistencies throwing the ball 43-44 times a game, and this week was one of his best throwing for over 250 yards, with two touchdowns and Glennon did not throw a single interception.
Next week the Buccaneers are hosting the Carolina Panthers; the Panthers currently have one of the best defenses in the NFL ranking with the seventh best pass defense and fourth best rush defense. This Thursday night game will be a major test for Glennon and the Buccaneers offense.
Regardless of this upcoming Thursday night game, Glennon will have to give the Buccaneers at least a couple of wins if he plans on remaining the starting quarterback in Tampa.
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