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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Bucs offense missed chances with red-zone FGs



ST. LOUIS -- Given a chance to tie the game before halftime and even take the lead in the third quarter, the Bucs twice saw drives stall in the red zone, and settling for field goals cost the Bucs in a 23-13 loss to the Rams.

Two passes to Vincent Jackson had the Bucs at the Rams' 9 in the final minute of the first half, but Mike Glennon was sacked on back-to-back plays, setting up a third and goal at the 25 -- instead of tying the game at halftime, the Bucs just cut the Rams' lead to 14-10.

After forcing a three-and-out from the Rams to open the second half, the Bucs again moved the ball well, going from their 35 to the 14-yard line, but again, the drive stopped moving there. Bobby Rainey gained 1 yard on first down, and then Glennon threw incomplete two times, so instead of a 17-14 lead, the Bucs settled for a 14-13 deficit, scoring their only points of the second half.

Tampa Bay's red-zone offense went into the game 23rd in the NFL, getting touchdowns on just 51 percent of its trips inside the opposing 20, down from 59 percent last year. The Rams came in with the league's No. 9 red-zone defense, holding opponents to touchdowns on 52 percent of their opportunities, and the Bucs went just 1-for-3 in Sunday's loss.

"That's a good front four. Between those two ends (Robert Quinn and Chris Long), possibly the defensive MVP and another top pick that's played at a high level for many years now, they're a good front four and you need to give them credit," Glennon said. "It was a real physical day, but it's possibly the best two duo defensive ends in the NFL."


[Last modified: Sunday, December 22, 2013 6:44pm]


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