It's not often that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers turn into fantasy football gold, but that's exactly what they did today. Those of you lucky (or smart) enough to pick up and start Bobby Rainey in fantasy football watched him rack up 163 yards and three touchdowns, which is probably going to be the top performance in the NFL this week.
Vincent Jackson was the other golden player this week, putting up ten catches for 165 receiving yards and a touchdown - a whopping 71% of Mike Glennon's passing yards. Jackson's been heavily targeted the past games, with eight passes thrown his way against the Dolphins and four against the Seahawks, leading the team in targets in each of those games.
The difference between his production this game and in previous game was Glennon's deep ball. Previously Glennon would float the balls either out of bounds or too far inside in places where Jackson could never make the catch. In this game Glennon's passes were catchable, and Jackson made some terrific adjustments to snatch two 40+-yard catches.
Sure, the Buccaneers played a weak opponent, but their running game has been consistently productive ever since changing their scheme and plugging in Jamon Meredith at left guard. The Bucs have rushed for 531 yards over the past three games, and there's little reason to believe that will change going forward. The team's power run game has finally gotten off the ground, and the Bucs may even see Carl Nicks return this season.
Bobby Rainey isn't a flash in the pan, either. He showed vision, speed and the ability to make a man miss today. With the offensive line continuing to open up holes and the team's renewed commitment to the run he should continue to be a factor both in fantasy football and in 'real' football.
Maybe we could see some explosive football in Tampa Bay again. The last time we saw that was the middle of last season, followed by nearly a full season of miserable offensive production. It feels a little different today.
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