TAMPA, FLORIDA – Tampa Bay’s status as the NFL’s only winless team didn’t last long.
Rookie Mike Glennon threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tackle Donald Penn and led a long fourth-quarter TD drive to put the Buccaneers ahead for good in a 22-19 victory over the embattled Miami Dolphins on Monday night.
Bobby Rainey’s 1-yard run capped an 80-yard drive, and the Bucs held on the final 10 minutes to become the last team in the league to win this season.
Jacksonville beat Tennessee on Sunday, leaving Tampa Bay (1-8) as the league’s only winless team entering the game.
“It’s good to stand up here after a win,” Bucs coach Greg Schiano said after his team won for only the second time in 15 games dating to last season. “We have to build off this.”
Playing for the first time since a bullying scandal, the Dolphins (4-5) started slowly before overcoming an early 15-0 deficit to lead 19-15 heading into the fourth quarter.
Ryan Tannehill threw touchdown passes of 6 and 19 yards to Rishard Matthews, but got no help from a running game that was limited to just 2 yards rushing.
The Bucs sacked Tannehill twice on Miami’s final possession before Darrelle Revis intercepted the quarterback’s desperation throw to Mike Wallace on fourth down with 1:35 remaining.
“We have good guys on this team who understand adversity and understand how to handle it,” Tannehill said. “This is a good test. I’m not saying it’s easy. I’m not saying it’s fun to deal with. But I have faith in these guys.”
Glennon completed 11 of his 21 passes for 139 yards in his sixth pro start. The third-round draft pick threw his first interception in four games — a span of 159 attempts — to set up a third-quarter field goal that put the Dolphins up 19-15.
Tannehill finished 27 of 42 for 229 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
The Dolphins had not played since Oct. 31, when they beat Cincinnati 22-20 in overtime to stop a four-game skid.
They’ve been the talk of the league for the wrong reasons ever since.
The NFL is investigating tackle Jonathan Martin’s allegations of daily harassment by teammates, including suspended guard Richie Incognito. Martin is with his family in California to undergo counseling for emotional issues, and he’ll meet later this week with the league’s special investigator to discuss the allegations.
Owner Stephen Ross broke his silence on the situation during a news conference before the game at Raymond James Stadium. He said he was appalled by the player’s accusations and plans to meet with Martin on Wednesday at an undisclosed location.
“Obviously there was a voice we weren’t hearing,” Ross said, adding he will take an open mind into the meeting and is eager to learn the facts of the case.