Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 8/16/14
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) Vs. Miami Dolphins (0-1)
NFL Football: Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Raymond James Stadium)
The Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -2 -- Over/Under: 37.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NFL HD
The Tampa Bay Bucs will be hosting the Miami Dolphins on Friday night at Raymond James Stadium.
The Bucs are 0-1 this season after falling to the Jags in their opener 16-10. The Bucs saw little action from newcomer Josh McCown, and the little they saw wasn’t impressive. The Bucs signal caller went just 2/4 for 20 yards and a pick against the Jags, and after a performance like that, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of him on Friday as the Bucs try to get some of the cobwebs out. Tampa did get a solid performance from Glennon, who took over the starting role last season after Freeman’s departure. Glennon went 11/19 for 140 yards and a score against the Jags. Tampa was trying to focus on the ground game as well, and Rainey looked solid, picking up 25 yards on just six attempts. That being the case, I fully expect Doug Martin to be the starter in the backfield this season, however if Rainey continues to play well, we could see him take some carries away from Martin.
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The Miami Dolphins, funny enough, also dropped their preseason opener 16-10, as the Dolphins fell to the Falcons. Miami got a very strong performance from starting quarterback Tannehill, who finish the night 6/6 for 62 yards and a score. Tannehill was rated by PFF as one of the best quarterbacks in the league last season, and while I don’t necessarily agree with a top five ranking like they have him, he is a solid starter and we should see some improvement this year from Tannehill. The Dolphins need to get their offensive line shored up this season, and if they can, and protect Tannehill, Miami could make some noise this season. Mike Gillislee led the Dolphins backs on the night, picking up 30 yards on 8 attempts.
I’m going to take the Bucs in this spot. I really like what Tannehill did in Miami’s opener, and while the Bucs quarterbacks were far from as impressive, I think that gives Tampa the advantage here. The Bucs are likely to give McCown a longer look here, possibly opening things up a bit more to see just what they have. Either way, Glennon played respectably last season, and with him to see the majority of the rest of the snaps for the Bucs, Tampa has a clear edge under center here, which should be the difference.