By Nick Shook | NFL.com
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It was a tough go for road teams in Week 4. Squads away from home won just four of 11 games if we include Miami’s triumph across the pond over Oakland — a home game for the Raiders, according to the league schedule.
But those road victors included a resonating divisional win, and a very unlikely, thrilling conquest in a hostile environment, led by a quarterback with minimal experience. Here are Week 4’s heroes staying in hotels.
Greatest on the road…
Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Going into Week 4, it was a dead heat between the Oakland Raiders and the Buccaneers for worst team in the league. Tampa Bay was thrashed on national TV against Atlanta in Week 3, and an injury to starting quarterback Josh McCown forced the Buccaneers to go with the backup.
Enter Mike Glennon.
In his first appearance of 2014, the second-year signal-caller was forced into action against the Steelers, a team that had just dominated Carolina in a 37-19 win. The odds of a Buccaneers victory were longer than Glennon’s neck. But that didn’t matter when Glennon and the Bucs’ offense took the field at the Pittsburgh 46 trailing by four with 40 seconds left to play.
Glennon completed a pass to Louis Murphy for 41 yards, hurried the offense to the line and spiked the ball to put Tampa Bay on Pittsburgh’s 5 with 15 seconds to go. Two plays later, Glennon found Vincent Jackson in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
Glennon finished the day 21 of 42 for 302 yards and two touchdowns. Tampa Bay stunned the league with its first win of 2014.
Also considered …
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers