Bucs dominate Falcons
Chris Redman struggled, completing only 4 of 15 passes for 34 yards with 2 interceptions. Jerious Norwood led rushers with 73 yards on 9 carries. Warrick Dunn added 32 yards on 8 carries. Laurent Robinson led receivers with 1 catch for 18 yards. It was a pretty pathetic offensive performance overall. The Falcons failed to convert any of their 9 third down attempts, and could only manage 17 minutes total of possession. Their most productive offensive drive came in the first quarter as they managed to move the ball 59 yards on 7 plays, which led to their only points of the game. Otherwise the team never held the ball for more than 4 offensvie plays, and never moved the ball beyond 19 yards before a punt or turnover.
Defensively, the Falcons had little answer for the Bucs ground attack as they racked up 190 yards on the ground. The Falcons defense starting off fairly well as they kept the Bucs offense out of the endzone until late in the second quarter. Keith Brooking led defenders with 15 tackles. Lawyer Milloy (12 tackles), Jonathan Babineaux (6 tackles), Demorrio Williams (6 tackles), Michael Boley (5 tackles), DeAngelo Hall (4 tackles, 1 interception), Chauncey Davis (4 tackles, 1 sack, 3 hurries), Jamaal Anderson (3 tackles, 2 hurries), and John Abraham (1 tackle, 1 sack) had noteworthy games.
On special teams, Morten Andersen’s 33-yard field goal was the team’s only score of the game. Michael Koenen had 6 punts for an average of 45.5 yards. Adam Jennings returned 4 kickoffs for an average of 23.3 yards. The team also managed to give up a 90-yard kickoff return to Tampa Bay’s Michael Spurlock, marking the first-ever kickoff return for a touchdown in more than 30 years of Buccaneer history.
Next week, the Falcons will hope to bounce back on the road against the Arizona Cardinals (6-8). The Falcons have won four straight against the Cardinals, with the most recent coming last season. Their last win in Arizona came in 2001, which was actually their first ever win there since the team moved from St. Louis in the 1980s.