TAMPA, Fla.– 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.
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“It’s good to stand up here after a win,” Bucs coach Greg Schiano said after his team won for 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 little help from a running game that was held to 2 yards rushing.
The NFL is investigating tackle Jonathan Martin’s allegations of daily harassment by Dolphin teammates, including suspended guard Richie Incognito.
Owner Stephen Ross broke his silence on the situation during a news conference before the game. He said he was appalled by the player’s accusations and plans to meet with Martin on Wednesday.
The owner said he has formed an independent advisory group that includes Tony Dungy, Don Shula, Dan Marino, Jason Taylor and Curtis Martin to review organizational conduct policies.