Second chances are like second dates. They seem like a good idea, but you can't be sure.
Take Raymond James Stadium. The Tampa Bay Bucs have had four chances to win a game there and failed each time.
So much for home-field advantage. But then they've only won once in eight tries anywhere.
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A lot of people will be looking for a second chance Sunday when the Bucs play host to Atlanta.
Josh McCown gets a second chance to show he should be Tampa Bay's quarterback, and Lovie Smith can never have enough chances to argue he is the guy to coach the Bucs.
Atlanta head coach Mike Smith is said to be all but gone, but a win could get him on a run that might save his job. He has an impressive resume, and his injury-marred offensive line is in shambles.
The last time these teams met, Atlanta besmirched the Bucs 56-14. The Falcons haven't won since, losing five straight while giving up 149 points (29.8 points per game).
"Very seldom do you get a chance to redeem yourself from something really bad that happened, and that's how we are looking at it," Lovie Smith said. "Atlanta showed up last time, but we plan on showing up this time."
For Lovie, it might be better if not everyone shows up for his 1-7 Bucs.
Bucs Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will play after sitting out the first Atlanta game and could feast on the Falcons beleaguered offensive line -- or so it seems.
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan is one of the NFL's best when he has time to throw, particularly the deep ball. But that hasn't been the case during Atlanta's losing streak.
In his first three games, Ryan completed 10 of 16 deep passes (20 or more yards) for 267 yards and a touchdown. Since Week 4, he has completed 7 of 22 deep passes for 156 yards with three interceptions and no touchdowns.
The average time for a sack in the first three games for Ryan was 3.0 seconds but now is 2.76 seconds. For a quarterback with limited mobility, that can be devastating.
Ryan has a lot of weapons, but Falcons receivers are suffering from the drops.
During the five-game losing streak, Ryan has thrown eight TD passes with six interceptions and has been the victim of 20 dropped passes, second most in the league during that span.
This game affords Smith a second chance to show he did the right thing in signing McCown to a two-year, $10 million deal in luring him away from Chicago.
McCown hasn't played since injuring his thumb in the third game, which happened to be the Atlanta debacle.
He is more athletic and mobile than Glennon, but didn't play smart in those three starts with four interceptions and two touchdowns.
His problem is mental, while Glennon suffers from a lack of physical attributes. It would seem easier for McCown to change, but there is a reason he is a career backup.
Apparently Lovie, like most of us, has seen enough of Glennon.
The second-year quarterback has been short of overwhelming and drawn questions about his courage after running out of bounds instead of trying to run for a first down three times in the last two games.
The Bucs have a 33 percent success rate on third down (converting 30 of 91), which ranks 30th.
Since the Pittsburgh game, Glennon has failed on 15 straight third-down conversion attempts, and is 1-for-9 in the second half of the last four games on third-down conversions.
The Bucs are averaging 3.8 third-down conversions per game, which ranks 31st.
Then there is the eyeball test, which Glennon can't pass.
But despite the paltry stats by Glennon and McCown, there could be some fireworks on offense. Atlanta ranks last (32nd) in yards allowed and 28th in points allowed. Tampa Bay is 31st in yards allowed and last in points allowed.
Maybe this time McCown will do better. But is that what the Bucs want? There are some pretty good quarterbacks in the next draft.
Alan Dell, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 941-745-7056. Follow him on Twitter @ADellSports.