Cadillac Leads Ground Attack
For the first time since Sept. 25, Bucs rookie running back Carnell “Cadillac Williams surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark by producing 116 yards rushing en route to a 30-27 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Williams’ first carry of the game went for a 30-yard gain. In the fourth quarter, Williams reached the end zone by breaking off a 9-yard run. It was his third touchdown of the season.
Bryant Helps Bucs Kick Falcons To The Curb
Tampa Bay kicker Matt Bryant has proven to be quite the free-agent signing by drilling 14-of-16 (87.5 percent) field goal attempts this season. Three of those field goals came on Sunday when Bryant made field goals from 31, 45 and 45 yards out. Bryant’s final field goal, a 45-yarder, came with less than a minute remaining in regulation was won the game for the Bucs.
Tampa Bay Reclaims A Piece Of First Place
With a win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now tied with the Carolina Panthers for first place in the NFC South division. Both teams are 7-3 on the season. The Panthers, who lost to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, 13-3, were victorious against the Bucs in their first meeting of the season at Raymond James Stadium, 34-14. Tampa Bay and Carolina clash again on Dec. 11.
Bucs Continue To Battle Through Defensive Woes
Although Tampa Bay’s defense, which was ranked No. 2 overall heading into Sunday’s game vs. Atlanta, has come up with some key turnovers, which led to scores over the past two weeks, it has been anything but solid. On Sunday, the Bucs allowed the Falcons to produce 443 yards of total offense. Over the past three games, the Bucs have allowed point totals of 34, 35 and 27 vs. the Panthers, Redskins and Falcons, respectively. In those three contests, the Bucs defense has allowed a total of 1,119 yards, which averages out to 373 yards per contest.
Tampa Bay’s 7-3 record is tied for their second-best start in franchise history with the 1979 and 1997 teams. … Tampa Bay has won eight of its last 10 games against Atlanta. … Bucs wide receiver Edell Shepherd returned kicks in place of backup cornerback Torrie Cox on Sunday. … Tampa Bay’s field goal at 10:44 in the first quarter was the quickest score for the Bucs this season. … Bucs defensive end Simeon Rice is now tied with Sean Jones for 13th place on the NFL’s all-time sack list with 113 sacks. … Bucs fullback Mike Alstott is the first non-kicker in Bucs history to reach 400 points with 402 total points. … Alstott’s three-game regular season touchdown streak is his first since the 1997 season. … Bucs kicker Matt Bryant went 3-of-3 on field goals. … Bucs head coach Jon Gruden won his first replay challenge of the season when replay was used to show the Falcons had 12 men on the field. … Bucs veteran wide receiver Joey Galloway celebrated his 34th birthday on Sunday. … Galloway was also held without a catch during the contest for the first time this season. … Bucs running back Carnell Williams ran for over 100 yards for the first time since Week 3. … Tampa Bay did not allow a sack for the second straight game. … Tampa Bay and Carolina are now tied for first place in the NFC South. … Tampa Bay was out-gained in time of possession on Sunday, 36:02 to 23:58.
Linebacker Ryan Nece and safety Kalvin Pearson left the game shortly in the second half with cramps but later returned. Offensive tackle Anthony Davis left the game late in the fourth quarter with a sprained right ankle and did not return. Tight end Anthony Becht left the game with a right knee injury late in the fourth quarter and did not return. Defensive tackle Anthony McFarland left the game with the right shoulder bruise in the second half but later returned to action.
The following Buccaneers were declared inactive for Sunday’s game at Atlanta: safeties Dexter Jackson and Will Allen, fullback Rick Razzano, offensive tackle Chris Colmer, defensive tackle Anthony Bryant, wide receiver J.R. Russell, and center Scott Jackson. Tim Rattay was designated the team’s emergency quarterback.
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