Slow starts have been an issue on offense all season, as the Bucs average just 7.8 points in the first half, 25th in the league. He had a 3-yard scoring run in the third quarter, staking the Falcons to a seemingly comfortable lead in the first of three straight home games for the defending NFC champions. He opened up his playbook in new and exciting ways, including a 51-yard touchdown bomb to Julio Jones from Mohamed Sanu out of the wildcat "12-gauge" formation in the first half. Jones caught 12 passes - one short of his career high - for 253 yards and two touchdowns.
Andre Roberts continued to show spark in the return game.
Even against a Falcons squad whose offensive firepower has cooled since last season - and division numbers are down - the Bucs are still several steps behind. The Bucs were frequent visitors to the red zone, but settled for two field goals.
It wasn't as if the Bucs couldn't move the ball.
The Bucs certainly made things interesting in the second half. However, they got a huge stop on fourth and one.
Coleman, filling in for again for injured Devonta Freeman, rushed for 97 yards and two TDs. Tampa Bay will try to get revenge in Week 15. But they came away with nothing from that, unable to convert on fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 18. He would finish 2-for-2, with four extra points on four attempts.
This doesn't excuse the Bucs' defensive performance against Jones. He followed that up with 58 total yards and a touchdown at Seattle in Week 11. But Jones has and always will be a monster. But coach Dan Quinn would be the first to say his team has to do a better job of finishing after nearly blowing a 27-6 lead. The offense has to be able to foot the bill sometimes, too.