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Each week, our own Ronnie Lane will share his thoughts on the upcoming Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. This week, Lane dives into the first Bucs-Falcons matchup of the season, which can be heard locally on WDAE 620am/95.3fm and WFUS 103.5fm, with the Auto Owners Insurance Pre-Game Show hosted by Ronnie Lane and Anthony Becht beginning at 10:30am.
By Ronnie Lane
Today the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Mike Glennon are making the trip to the ATL, and for Glennon, the rookie out of North Carolina State, this will be his first road game in the National Football League.
A very tough venue for any quarterback, let alone a third round draft pick, so it's going to be interesting to see how Mike Glennon responds. You can play all the crowd noise you want at practice, but nothing can simulate the hostile atmosphere of an NFL domed stadium.
So Mike Glennon, you're going to need a lot of protection, you're going to need that run-game going, and I don't know if it's going to happen today.
The Buccaneers' offensive line is in a state of flux. As you know, Carl Nicks is out; he had surgery to remove MRSA from his foot earlier this week. Davin Joseph - not at 100-percent. They're working with different combinations along the O-Line, so we'll find out together at kickoff today which combination they will go with along the offensive line. We can only hope the revamped line will open up enough holes for Doug Martin to take some of the pressure off of the kid, Glennon.
If that does not happen, it could get ugly for the Bucs real early as the rookie will be forced to throw and forced to throw often to try and get some offense and sustain some drives for Tampa Bay. Sustaining drives has been an issue and even finishing drives has been an issue; sometimes they've been able to sustain a drive, but have not been able to finish them with touchdowns and that's what they're going to need against Matty Ice and the Georgia Dome.
The Falcons have an incredible record in their home stadium, particularly Mike Smith - when his club is leading after the third quarter they are 45-1 in the Georgia Dome. So it would behoove the Bucs, if they want to get the win today, that they are leading after three quarters. I'm sure that's the goal every Sunday as Coach Schiano told us earlier this week.
So how is this going to play out? I'll tell you how it's going to turn out. The Falcons are banged up, but they still have Matt Ryan and they still have Tony Gonzalez. Sorry to say it Bucs fans, but it's going to be another heart-breaking loss, it may come down to the last second.
The way I see it - Atlanta 21, Tampa Bay 17.