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Ravens 48, Bucs 17
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  1. Turning Point, Week 5: Breaking down the Saints touchdown that started the Bucs' downfall


    The Saints entered Sunday's game as the second-worst tackling team in the NFL. And missed tackles were indeed a factor against the Buccaneers. Just not how we might have expected.

    New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas avoids a tackle by Da'Quan Bowers of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers en route to a fourth-quarter touchdown that cut the Bucs' lead to five points. Thomas had 112 total yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the Saints' 37-31 overtime win. [Getty Images]
  2. Bucs defense fails to protect 11-point lead



    The game was on their shoulders now.

    Who would suspect the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would collapse under the weight?

    Saints running back Pierre Thomas breaks a tackle by Bucs cornerback Leonard Johnson.
  3. Bucs shoot themselves in the foot with penalties


    Worst loss

    Maybe instead of passing out playbooks in training camp, Bucs coach Lovie Smith should pass out a rules book.

    Mike Glennon huddles with teammates Jorvorskie Lane (46) and Doug Martin (22) during the fourth quarter. [Getty Images]
  1. Turning Point, Week 4: Bucs use deep pass to stun Steelers, Tampa Bay fans


    Ten days ago, the Buccaneers took the field against the Falcons and the game was over before it started. On Sunday against the Steelers, the game came down to the final seconds.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Louis Murphy caught six passes for 99 yards Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. His 41-yard catch with 35 seconds left set up Mike Glennon's game-winning touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson. [Getty Images]
  2. Mike Glennon once again looks like Bucs' QB of future



    The hero of the day is gangly and balding and painfully slow of foot. If you were picking a leading man for the highlights, it is fair to say he would probably not have been your first choice.

  3. Mike Glennon should be Bucs' starter from now on


    Best choice

    The Bucs have themselves a starting quarterback.

    There is no controversy here. Mike Glennon, and not Josh McCown, should be the starter. From now on. [Getty Images]
  1. Bucs Turning Point, Week 3: Worst Thursday Night Football game ever


    If you're reading this and beginning to realize that you forgot the Buccaneers played on Thursday this week, consider yourself fortunate. You missed the worst Thursday Night Football game in the program's five-year history as the Falcons humiliated the hapless local football team 56-14.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown left in the second quarter of Thursday's 56-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons after injuring his throwing hand. [Associated Press]
  2. It's Mike Glennon time again for Bucs



    It was just about this point in the program that another losing coach handed him another desperate situation.

    Falcons DE Jonathan Babineaux, left, and tackle Corey Peters smother Bucs backup quarterback Mike Glennon.
  3. Bucs QB Josh McCown injuries throwing hand


    ATLANTA — In a half where everything seemed to go wrong for the Bucs, starting QB Josh McCown left in the second quarter of Thursday's 56-14 loss to the Falcons after injuring the thumb on his throwing (right) hand on a sack.

    Josh McCown is hit by Falcons cornerback Robert McClain in the second quarter. McCown left with an injured thumb.
  1. Turning Point, Week 2: Bucs play to not lose, lose anyway


    No one expected a shootout between the St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, but the Buccaneers' play calls in the 19-17 loss were more conservative than delegates at a Republican National Convention.

    Bucs running back Bobby Rainey carries the ball near the end of the third quarter - a sight that became familiar, if not monotonous, to fans watching the game. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  2. Bucs season already in doubt after two games


    Worst start

    That didn't take long. A season of hope has already turned into a season of doubt, and it took only two games.

    St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis gets a throw away while being pressured by Bucs defensive end Da'Quan Bowers. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  3. Pin Bucs' loss on timid coaching



    They lost, because they were not bold enough to go for the win.

    Bucs head coach Lovie Smith looks on towards the end of the fourth quarter. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  1. Turning point: The Panthers throw deep to rookie; Bucs don't


    This offseason, the Buccaneers and the Panthers both drafted tall downfield targets, but in the season opener Sunday only the Panthers were able to take full advantage.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans walks off the field Sunday after a Josh McCown interception in the first quarter. The Panthers drove for a touchdown on the ensuing drive. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  2. Mankins among Bucs injuries


    New Bucs G Logan Mankins' debut didn't last long. He headed to the locker room after injuring his left knee in the second quarter Sunday. He wore a knee brace when he returned to the sideline later in the quarter, but he wasn't seen on the bench in the second half and did not return to the game. • "We don't …

    Bucs guard Logan Mankins is tended to after sustaining a left knee injury during the second quarter. He didn’t return to the game.
  3. Loss to Panthers exposes Bucs' numerous problems



    The ending was great. The movie was lousy.

    So, would you like to see it again?

    Josh McCown looks down as he prepares to leave the field during Sunday's 20-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]