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Falcons 56, Bucs 14
What was the worst performance in Bucs' history?
1976: Steelers 42, Bucs 0
1983: Packers 55, Bucs 14
1985: Jets 62, Bucs 28
1999: Raiders 45, Bucs 0
2011: 49ers 48, Bucs 3
2014: Falcons 56, Bucs 14


  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]
  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]