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Bobby Rainey runs for 163 yards, scores 3 touchdowns to help Buccaneers beat Falcons 41-28

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey (43) scores past Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Paul Worrilow (55) on a 4-yard touchdown reception during the third quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey (43) scores past Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Paul Worrilow (55) on a 4-yard touchdown reception during the third quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey (43) scores on a 43-yard touchdown run against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey (43) scores on a 43-yard touchdown run against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Mason Foster (59) gets away from Atlanta Falcons tackle Jeremy Trueblood (65) after intercepting a pass by Falcons' Matt Ryan to return it for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Mason Foster (59) gets away from Atlanta Falcons tackle Jeremy Trueblood (65) after intercepting a pass by Falcons' Matt Ryan to return it for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)  (The Associated Press)

Bobby Rainey rushed for 163 yards and scored three touchdowns Sunday to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 41-28 victory over the struggling Atlanta Falcons.

A waiver wire pickup who's filling in for the injured Doug Martin and Mike James, Rainey scored on first-half runs of 43 and 3 yards. He caught a 4-yard TD pass from Mike Glennon in the third quarter to help the Bucs (2-8) win for the second straight time following an 0-8 start.

The Falcons (2-8) have lost four straight by a combined score of 135-61.

The 5-foot-8, 212-pound Rainey also ran for 45 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown in a 22-19 victory over Miami the previous week. He's been with the Bucs for four games after beginning the season as a kick returner and backup running back with the Cleveland Browns.