ROMO PICKS BUCS DEFENSE APART Dallas’ offense made Tampa Bay’s defense look like a bunch of turkeys on Thanksgiving Day, producing 435 yards and scoring 38 points. This unit was led by quarterback Tony Romo, who tied a Cowboys record held by Hall of Famer Troy Aikman with five touchdown passes against the Bucs.
BUCS’ OFFENSE FALLS FLAT After driving 90 yards on 10 plays for a touchdown on their first series of the game, Tampa Bay’s offense sputtered, producing just 121 yards of offense throughout the remainder of the Thanksgiving Day contest. Bucs rookie quarterback Bruce Gradkowski completed 10-of-20 passes for 120 yards and tossed two interceptions en route to the loss. While his second interception went off the hands of running back Michael Pittman, Gradkowski had his fair share of errant throws, missing wide receiver Joey Galloway several times on deep passes. Gradkowski’s first interception of the game was recorded by safety Roy Williams, who returned the ball to the 41-yard line. The Cowboys eventually turned the turnover into 7 points.
FIRST QUARTER ACTION Tampa Bay’s touchdown and extra point in the first quarter was quite a feat for an offense that had scored just 17 points in the first quarter through the first 10 games of the season. Bucs fullback Mike Alstott scored the team’s only touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run.
HOVAN NOTCHES FIRST SACK Bucs nose tackle Chris Hovan, who joined the team as an unrestricted free agent during the 2005 offseason, recorded his first sack in red and pewter Thursday. His first quarterback takedown as a Buc came on Dallas’ first offensive series of the game on a third down play.
BUENNING CARTED OFF FIELD Bucs starting left guard Dan Buenning was carted off the field in the fourth quarter after allowing Gradkowski to get sacked. He apparently injured his knee while allowing the quarterback takedown.
Bucs fullback Mike Alstott was escorted into the locker room in the second quarter after he appeared to injure his back after hauling in a pass from Gradkowski. He later returned to the game.
10 DAYS OFF After playing three games in 11 days, the 3-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers will get some much-needed time off, 10 days to be exact, before traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers on Dec. 3.
INACTIVES The following Bucs players were inactive for Tampa Bay’s game vs. Dallas on Thanksgiving Day: QB Luke McCown, CB Alan Zemaitis, LB Shelton Quarles, T Donald Penn, TE Alex Smith, WR Paris Warren and DT Ellis Wyms.
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