All was not well for the Buccaneers in their 2013 debut, obviously, and special teams play was particularly troublesome for the home team for most of the night. However, the Buccaneers did have a 3-0 lead when the starters for both teams finished up roughly one quarter of work, and they held a 13-7 lead late in the first half after a
“It felt very good,” said David of the Bucs’ first live action of 2013 after two steamy training camp weeks. “Everybody was hyped up and everybody was ready. The defense was ready to hit somebody besides our own offense; we were ready to take another opponent to the ground. It was great to be back out here and get back into this atmosphere, getting ourselves ready for the season.”
Glennon remained in the game through the end of the third quarter and finished with 169 yards and one interception on 11-of-23 passing. He repeatedly threw downfield, hooking up on a 41-yard gain with WR
Ogletree led all players with five receptions for 65 yards and was the first player to join starting receivers
On defense, Banks, who started the game at right cornerback, was a standout from the game’s first snaps, finishing with a game-high five solo tackles plus a pass defensed. Gorrer interrupted Baltimore’s first drive with an interception off starting QB Joe Flacco and also ended another Baltimore drive with a diving pass deflection. LB Lavonte David, looking to build on a spectacular rookie season, used his limited playing time to rack up three tackles, a tackle for a loss, a quarterback hit and the Bucs’ only sack of the night.
Baltimore’s first score of the game was set up by WR Chris Owusu’s muffed attempt to field a punt, leading to Bernard Pierce’s 20-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Later in the that period, after Leonard’s touchdown put the Bucs back on top, CB Moe Lee returned a kickoff 58 yards into Buccaneers territory, with only Dimke’s open-field tackle preventing the touchdown. That led to a Baltimore field goal, and the Ravens regained the lead late in the half on Anthony Allen’s two-yard TD run. Moments later, Baltimore’s Brynden Trawick blocked a punt attempt by
Baltimore controlled much of the action in the second half and finished with an overall yardage lead of 332 to 273. The Ravens’ defense also produced three turnovers to the Buccaneers’ one.
The Buccaneers’ opening possession moved in the wrong direction, with Martin losing a yard on a first-down run and Freeman absorbing an eight-yard sack by Chris Canty. A holding penalty on the ensuing punt pushed the Ravens back to their own 29 but a fine one-handed catch by Ray Rice on third-and-five pushed the ball into Tampa Bay territory.
Fortunately, the Bucs’ defense came up with the game’s first big play, as Gorrer cut in front of Jacoby Jones on the right sideline to pick off a third-down pass near midfield. Baltimore had built some early offensive momentum with good outlet passes to Rice and FB Vonta Leach, but David put the Ravens into a third-and-15 hole with a line-of-scrimmage tackle of Rice and a 10-yard sack of Flacco.
The Bucs’ offense got its initial first down of the game three plays later when Freeman found Ogletree cutting over the middle for a 22-yard gain to the Baltimore 42. Leonard then burst up the middle for a gain of 13 to the 29 and, three snaps later, converted a third-and-one with a second-effort rush up the gut into the red zone. The drive stalled there, as Ogletree was stopped three yards short on a third-down throw over the middle, but first-year K Derek Dimke came on to kick a 29-yard field goal for the game’s first points.
The Ravens’ next drive got off to a good start when Flacco found Torrey Smith over the middle for an 11-yard gain on third-and-seven. However, the Bucs’ defense came up with a big stop when DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim stone-walled Pierce on a second-and-two-run from the Ravens’ 36 and Gorrer killed another drive with a diving break-up of a pass intended for WR Jacoby Jones.
After the ensuing punt, Glennon took over the offense and made an instant impact. Dropping back into the end zone on a first down from the Bucs’ six, he side-stepped one rusher and found Crabtree all alone behind the defense. The former Packers tight end, known for his big plays in limited playing time in 2012, rumbled 61 yards to the Baltimore 33 before he was dragged down. A quick seven-yard pass to WR Chris Owusu and two runs up the middle by rookie RB
Tampa Bay’s reserve defenders stopped Baltimore’s next drive, too, as
Now dealing with a torrential downpour, Glennon and the Bucs’ offense failed to move the ball on a pair of James runs and an ill-fated screen pass to the same rookie back. However, Baltimore’s next drive met the same three-and-out fate, thanks in large part to Banks’ alert break-up of Taylor’s third-down pass in WR Tandon Doss’s direction.
Glennon then led the Bucs deep into Baltimore territory, thanks in large part to a pair of pass-interference penalties that accounted for 51 yards. On second-and-eight from the Baltimore 39, Owusu beat CB Chykie Brown deep down the right sideline and nearly hauled in Glennon’s pass despite Brown’s interference. The resulting penalty set up first-and-goal at the five and it took Leonard two runs from there to punch it in for the go-ahead TD.
Baltimore was able to regain the lead thanks to a big play on special teams. Rookie CB Moe Lee hit a seam down the right numbers on the ensuing kickoff and raced all the way to the Bucs’ 41, with only Dimke’s open-field tackle preventing the touchdown. Dimke was flagged for a horse-collar tackle, moving the ball to the Bucs’ 26. However, a holding penalty against the Ravens and a third-down tackle by CB
After a Buccaneer three-and-out, the Ravens got one more shot before the end of the first half and capitalized, driving 58 yards on five plays to re-take the lead. Taylor’s five-yard pass to WR Deonte Thompson on third-and-one near midfield, and a facemask penalty on S Keith Tandy, prolonged the drive, and RB Damien Berry then ran for 14 yards to the Bucs’ 15. Taylor’s scrambling completion to TE Visanthe Shiancoe put the ball at the two and RB Anthony Allen was able to push it in from there. The play was reviewed when it appeared that Allen lost control of the ball, but the score was upheld.
Though the Bucs had only 30 seconds to work with after Allen’s TD, that wasn’t the end of the first-half scoring. That wasn’t good news for the home team, as two incompletions and sack of Glennon by LB Adrian Hamilton forced a punt that went badly awry for the Buccaneers. First-year P Chas Henry never got a chance to get his kick off, as S Brandon Trawick shot straight up the middle and caught Henry’s leg in mid-kick. The loose ball was easily recovered by LaQuan Williams for another Baltimore touchdown and a 24-13 halftime lead.
Baltimore got the ball first to start the second half and used a hurry-up attack to quickly get to midfield. Taylor’s pass down the middle to TE Matt Furstenburg picked up 24 yards and Taylor’s 10-yard run got the ball to the Bucs’ 37. Taylor found LaQuan Williams over the middle on third-and-seven to keep the drive alive, and the two hooked up again two plays later on a 21-yard TD pass to extend Baltimore’s lead to 31-13.
The Bucs’ first drive of the second half, with Glennon still at the helm, was also a strong one. Hillis saw his first action and bashed for four, five and four yards on his first three carries, while Glennon’s third-down pass to Ogletree picked up 21 yards to the Baltimore 44. The Bucs converted their next third down in unusual fashion, as Hillis took a toss-sweep left and was upended a few yards short of the sticks. The ball popped free and rolled backwards, however, with Ogletree recovering for the Buccaneers and eventually absorbing a late hit as he went out of bounds. The resulting penalty created a first down at the Baltimore 29, but Glennon’s next pass was intercepted by CB Asa Jackson at the Bucs’ 13.
The Bucs’ defense forced a quick punt and Ogletree’s 14-yard catch converted a third-and-five and put the ball near midfield. Glennon’s play-action pass to WR
After a three-and-out by the Ravens, Weber took over under center but was hit while throwing on his first drop-back, resulting in an interception by LB Brandon Copeland. Copeland returned his pick to the Bucs’ 10, setting up Tucker’s 29-yard field goal.
After a nice 34-yard kickoff return by rookie CB
The Ravens added three more points just after the two-minute warning of the 4th quarter with a Justin Tucker 57-yard field goal that bounce off the cross bar and through the uprights.
- On defense, rookie CB Johnthan Banks started at right cornerback and
- TE Tom Crabtree’s 64-yard reception in the second quarter was the Bucs’ third-longest preseason reception since the 2000 season. Crabtree averaged 25.4 yards on eight receptions for the Green Bay Packers in 2012.