Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11/11/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22, Miami Dolphins 19
November 11, 2013
Closing out the Week 10 games on “Monday Night Football” was a Florida matchup between the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Dolphins were coming off a victory in Week 9, but needed a solid performance to deflect some of the criticism directed their way over the past week or so. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers just wanted to get something to go their way as their nightmare campaign continued.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and statistics from the game as we see exactly how this one played out. Afterward, we’ll glance ahead to Week 11 to see what’s in store for both teams in the days ahead.
What Happened: Even with the Dolphins’ bye last week, the Bucs looked like the more prepared team early on. A little trickery got them into the end zone early on, with a 1-yard TD pass from Mike Glennon to big man Donald Penn. A field goal would make it 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. The scoring continued for Tampa Bay in the second, with a big safety and another field goal to make it 15-0. The Dolphins finally got on the board in the final minute, posting a 6-yard TD pass from Ryan Tannehill to make it 15-7 at the break.
Miami went on something of a rally in the third quarter, with a pair of field goals and another TD pass (and failed two-point conversion) which gave them the lead 19-15. After the Bucs strung together a drive and rush TD from Bobby Rainey to retake the lead, all eyes were on the defense to see if they’d give up another fourth-quarter lead. They held strong, and Tampa Bay got the win 22-19.
The victory makes the Buccaneers the final NFL team to get one this year, and they improve to 1-8. The troubles continue for the Dolphins; they’re now 4-5.
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The Stars: After starting RB Mike James went down with an ankle injury, the one-two punch of Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey saved the day for the Buccaneers. They helped the team to a total of 147 rush yards on 37 carries, which allowed Tampa Bay to win the time of possession battle 34:48 to 25:12.
The defense also stepped up when they needed to, with two sacks, the safety and star CB Darrelle Revis collecting an interception.
On the other side, we’ve got a new star in Rishard Matthews. He posted 11 receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns for the Phins.
The Goats: Miami’s running game was nearly nonexistent here. The team combined for two (!) rush yards in all, which is a franchise record for futility. RBs Lamar Miller (seven carries, two yards) and Daniel Thomas (four carries, minus-2 yards) got no help from the offensive line, which was already severely depleted thanks to the Dolphins’ personnel issues over the past couple of weeks. The dysfunction has led to an NFL-high 37 sacks on Tannehill this year.
Also, we’ve got to call out the Bucs offense for failing to make use of dynamic WR/TE Tim Wright. He’s an explosive name on a team desperate for playmakers and he got one measly target in the entire game (which, for the record, he caught for 19 yards).
Injuries: The big injury here is obviously Mike James. According to X-rays, his ankle is fractured, and he’ll be out indefinitely. That means we’ll see a heavy dose of the Leonard-Rainey combination for the rest of the season.
As for the Dolphins, they’ve got a few injury issues they’re dealing with, but came out of this one relatively unscathed.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 11, the Buccaneers will welcome the struggling Falcons in a Sunday afternoon game (November 17, 1:00 PM ET on FOX).
Miami will host the Chargers on the same day (November 17, 4:05 PM ET on CBS).
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