Mike Glennon Loses First NFL Start

Mike Glennon lost his first NFL start Sunday, as the Arizona Cardinals came back to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13-10.

Glennon was given the nod to start in Tampa Bay after head coach Greg Schiano had enough of Josh Freeman’s nonchalant behavior. The feeling is mutual with Freeman, who reportedly wants to be released if he is not traded immediately.

All the drama in Tampa Bay leading up to Sunday’s match-up made it one of the more intriguing games to watch. Would Mike Glennon be better than Josh Freeman?

The results were mixed. Glennon finished the day 24 of 43, with 193 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Doug Martin didn’t help at all, rushing 27 times for 45 yards. That would be a 1.7 yard per carry average, and the exact opposite recipe to win football games.

Luckily for Mike Glennon, the Arizona Cardinals weren’t much better. Carson Palmer finished 21 of 38 passing for 241 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Similarly to Martin, Rashard Mendenhall ran 12 times for 21 yards, a meager 1.8 yard per carry average.

The Arizona Cardinals trailed 10-0 at halftime with momentum firmly in Tampa Bay’s hands. That changed with one of Mike Glennon’s two picks. Patrick Peterson stepped in front of a pass intended for Vincent Jackson and the momentum was gone.

Carson Palmer did the rest, finding Larry Fitzgerald for a game tying touchdown pass. One field goal later, Arizona went into the locker room 2-2 on the year.

Things weren’t so nice for Mike Glennon and the Buccaneers. With the loss, Tampa Bay falls to 0-4 on the season, and Greg Schiano can feel the temperature rising quickly in his seat.

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