Behind Enemy Lines: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Posted Nov 14, 2013

The Falcons and Buccaneers are set to face off for the second time this season on Sunday in Tampa Bay, and head coach Greg Schiano and LB Lavonte David believe Atlanta will be a bigger challenge than they were in Week 7.

The Falcons and Buccaneers are set to face off for the second time this season on Sunday, and although it’ll be a home game for Tampa Bay, the Bucs think the matchup will be tougher than their previous meeting.

When the two teams faced off in Week 7, the Falcons were able to pull off a win without three players that will now be available this Sunday – WR Roddy White, RB Steven Jackson and LB Sean Weatherspoon.

Having lost the game 31-23, Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said Atlanta’s healthier lineup, both offensively and defensively, as something that will pose a big threat to his team.

He also made sure to credit the Falcons’ players that stepped up during this time, specifically pointing out Harry Douglas as someone the Bucs will keep an eye on.

“The thing that doesn’t go unnoticed to me is that Harry Douglas, when he had that opportunity, really made a lot of plays,” Schiano said. “So now I think Harry is playing at a very high level. We know we have our hands full defensively so it’s going to be a big challenge.”

Schiano’s team has had their fair share of injuries as well, specifically at running back. With Doug Martin and Mike James, their top two running backs, sitting out the rest of the season with injuries, Bobby Rainey and Brian Leonard are now left to take over.

The rest of the team will have to step up as well so as to not overload their young quarterback, Mike Glennon, who Schiano has been increasingly impressed with. Schiano said Glennon is exactly the type of quarterback someone wants as a coach, adding that the team is very encouraged by his development.

Defensively, the Bucs have a solid cornerback in Darrelle Revis, who linebacker Lavonte David praised as a leader on and off the field.

“He’s the guy that will shut down one side of the field,” David said. “He’s that competitive. He’s that type of guy that wants to take on that challenge, wants to take on that role and that’s what he’s been doing for us. When you have a guy like that on one side of the field, that you can count on that is going to do his job, you don’t really have too much to worry about."

The 1-8 Buccaneers, who were able to get their first win this past Monday against the Dolphins, now hope they can keep their momentum going to finish the season strong but realize the Falcons are striving to do the exact same.

“Weren’t getting it done; coming out hot, trying to stay hot,” David said. “[We need to] just start fast, because we started out a little slow (in Week 7). It was hard to come back from it … It might be tougher this time around, it might be a challenge.”

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