BUCS SMACK THE PACK For the first time since 1989, Tampa Bay came away from Wisconsin victorious. A critical missed extra point and field goal by Green Bay kicker Ryan Longwell proved to be the difference as the Bucs came away from Lambeau Field with a 17-16 victory.
With the victory, Tampa Bay is 3-0 for the first time since 2000. The Bucs join the Bengals (3-0), Colts (3-0), Chiefs (2-0) and Redskins (2-0) as the only undefeated teams in the NFL. Tampa Bay has already doubled its road win total from last year just three games into the season with two road victories at the Metrodome and Lambeau Field.
CADILLAC DRIVES INTO THE RECORD BOOKS After racking up another 100-yard performance, Bucs rookie sensation, RB Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, made his mark in the NFL history books by becoming the first running back ever to rush for over 100 yards in each of his first three games.
Taken as the fifth overall pick this past April in the 2005 NFL Draft, and the third running back overall behind Ronnie Brown and Cedric Benson, Williams grinded into the Packer defense with an amazing 37 carries for 158 yards (4.3 avg.) on Sunday.
Williams also set another record, breaking former Baltimore Colts RB Alan Ameche’s record of 410 yards through his first three games back in 1955. Williams now leads the NFL in rushing with 434 yards on 88 carries (4.9 avg.) through his first three games.
COX RETURNS TO LINEUP For the first time since his second arrest for DUI, kick returner and backup cornerback Torrie Cox fielded kickoffs for the Bucs. Unfortunately for Cox, he muffed a catch on a kickoff which didn’t help his cause to get into more favor with the Bucs coaching staff. Besides that muff, Cox did well in the return department, but a few penalties hindered his overall production. Cox averaged 17 yards per return on four attempts.
YELLOW MEANS CAUTION The Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered the game as the most penalized team in the league. Before Sunday’s contest kicked off, Tampa Bay had a total of 26 penalties through two games. Against Green Bay, the Bucs had eight penalties for 103 yards, bringing their season total after three games to 34 penalties for 301 yard this season. The Bucs must be cautious not to give away winnable games with careless penalties.
KICKING GAME DOING THE JOB Back in training Camp, there was a heated battle for the kicking job between Todd France and Matt Bryant. After some evaluation, the coaching staff decided to go with Bryant. That turned out to be the right decision, as Bryant has made all of his kicks so far this season, going 3-for-3 on attempts. Whereas missed field goals helped doom the Bucs in their two previous losing seasons, the ones being made now by Bryant are helping the Bucs to victory. The kicking game played a big part for both Green Bay and Tampa Bay, with the Bucs coming out on top on Sunday.
ALLEN PUSHING JACKSON Will Allen continues to push Super Bowl XXXVII MVP Dexter Jackson for the starting free safety role. Allen entered the lineup midway through the game Sunday after Jackson was sidelined with a hamstring injury. Although he came into the game by default, Allen showed he was worthy of pushing for a starting job by picking QB Brett Favre off twice in the fourth quarter. Both picks helped Tampa Bay hold on for a 17-16 win.
BUCS INACTIVES Here are Tampa Bay’s inactive players for Sunday’s contest against Green Bay: S Donte Nicholson, S Kalvin Pearson, T Chris Colmer, G/T Matt Stinchcomb, WR Paris Warren, WR J.R. Russell, DT Jon Bradley. Luke McCown was designated Tampa Bay’s emergency quarterback.
BUCS INJURIES Tampa Bay reported S Dexter Jackson left the game in the second quarter with a right hamstring sprain. He was replaced by second-year safety Will Allen, who came away with two interceptions.
BUC SHOTS Tampa Bay moved to 3-0 by beating Green Bay 17-16 and for the first time since 1989 … The Bucs are 3-0 for the first time since 2000 … Green Bay TE Bubba Franks (knee) missed the first game of his career after playing in 88 consecutive games … Tampa Bay went 8-of-16 on third down conversions. … WR Joey Galloway grabbed his first and second touchdowns of the season on passes from QB Brian Griese in the first half … Galloway now has eight touchdowns in his last eight games … RB Carnell Williams did not score a touchdown for the first time this season … Tampa Bay’s defense allowed its first offensive touchdown in the first quarter of Sunday’s game when QB Brett Favre completed a 37-yard pass to WR Robert Ferguson on a fourth-and-5 play. …Torrie Cox returned to active duty for the first time since his last legal entanglement … Tampa Bay has outscored opponents 38-10 in the second quarter this year. … LB Ryan Nece recorded his first career sack for seven yards in the second half. … Tampa Bay held the ball for 11:31 in the fourth quarter compared to Green Bay’s 3:29.
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