Same Glennon: Two TDs, no INTs, one win
DETROIT -- Eight games into his time as the Bucs starting quarterback, rookie Mike Glennon is developing a winning formula, passing less and limiting his mistakes while continuing to develop his deep ball on the way to surprising victories.
"I thought Mike Glennon did a very good job of taking care of the football," coach Greg Schiano said after a hard-fought 24-21 win at the Lions, his team's third straight victory. "He was fierce and held onnto the football and didn't force it. He took the shots when they were there and hit the deep hole which we needed to do. That was about the way we were going to be able to win that game and the guys played their guts out."
On a day where Detroit's Matthew Stafford threw four interceptions, his most since his rookie year in 2009, it was Glennon who finished without an interception for the fifth time in six games. Add an 85-yard touchdown to Tiquan Underwood for the winning margin, and he finished an effective 14-for-21 for 247 yards and two more touchdowns, giving him a Bucs rookie record of 13 for the season.
"That's a great front four," Glennon said of Detroit's defense, which sacked him four times. "I believe they're second in the league against the rush, so we knew it was going to be a challenge going into it. We knew we were going to have to hit our shots. We were going to have to hit our plays in the pass game and be effective as an offense, and we did that."
Glennon's numbers in the last six games: 10 touchdown passes and just one interception, while completing 64 percent of his passes. He leads all rookie QBs with 13 touchdowns, two more than Josh Freeman's Bucs rookie record set in 2009. He's added the deep ball in the last two games, with three passes to Vincent Jackson of 40 yards or longer, plus Sunday's 85-yard score to Underwood.