Blount is back
It wasn't the kind of triumphant return he would have preferred, but LeGarrette Blount did factor more prominently, as coach Greg Schiano promised. After being basically an afterthought for the past two games, Blount rushed six times but, notably, was given the ball in a goal-line situation.

He bulled his way into the end zone for a 2-yard score in the fourth quarter to cut the Bucs' deficit to 21-19. "They gave me a chance to play," Blount said. "That's all I wanted was the opportunity. To score a touchdown and get in on the goal line was just the icing on the cake. I was glad to get the touchdown. It felt good to get in the end zone, but it always feels good just to play."

Blount didn't otherwise catch fire, totaling 17 yards (2.8 yards per carry). In fact, the Bucs had only modest success running the ball, totaling 80 yards on 18 carries. And then, of course, there was the result of the game.

"Whether I play a lot, play a little or don't play," Blount said, "the loss still feels the same."