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Detroit Lions 11-0 over Tampa Bay Buccaneers
September 4, 1983
“Doug who?” read the banners at Tampa Stadium as the 1983 Buccaneers opened their season against NFC Central division rivals Detroit. The Bucs had gone 4-0 in the exhibition season behind QB Jerry Golsteyn leading some fans to wonder if they would really miss the USFL-departed Doug Williams at all. Reality would unfortunately show they would.
This was a game that Lions DE William Gay will never forget as he set an all-time record against the Buccaneers by recording 5.5 sacks in a single afternoon. He was helped by all three Tampa Bay offensive tackles going down hurt in the first half alone and the patchwork line could hardly protect either Golsteyn or his replacement, Jack Thompson throughout the game.
The Tampa defense did its part by holding the Lions out of the endzone themselves but three Eddie Murray field goals and a first quarter safety were all the scoring Detroit would need to earn the win.
Rushing: Carver 11-22, Wilder 5-18, Morton 5-16, Owens 1-4.
Passing: Golsteyn 21-14-120-0-0, Thompson 12-7-97-1-0.
Receiving: Wilder 9-69, Carter 4-41, T.Bell 2-47, J.Bell 2-16, Obradovich 1-19, Witte 1-10, Carver 1-9, House 1-6.
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And this my friends is one of the examples I often use to urge overly excited or distraught fans to pay less attention to pre-season performances. Oh my how great Jerry Golsteyn looked in the second half of the pre-season game that anointed him “the man.” As I recall, he threw four TD passes in that meaningless game. He was right up there with the legend of Randy “Why not Minot” Hedberg six years earlier. This shut-out game against the Lions was the beginning of the downward spiral that kept my head spinning for the next 13 years.
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I too was at the game. Walking into the old Stadium with my wife and our two kids I was thinking that this will be a good season. I left the stadium thinking could it possibly get any more worse. Little did I realize it would for many years to come. Go Bucs
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