BUCS INACTIVE PLAYERS: K Todd France, RB Derek Watson, CB Blue Adams, LB Marquis Cooper, T Chris Colmer, C Scott Jackson, DT Anthony McFarland and QB Tim Rattay.
GRUDEN SHUT OUT FOR FIRST TIME AS HEAD COACH: Head Coach Jon Gruden had never been shut out while being a head coach in the NFL. Over the last four seasons, his teams had put points on the board in every game until Saturday’s contest against the Patriots, which was a 28-0 loss. The last time Tampa Bay was shut out was in Week 15 of the 1999 season when the Bucs were defeated 45-0 by the Gruden-led Oakland Raiders.
SIMEON GETS A SACK: With defensive end Simeon Rice’s sack of QB Tom Brady in the third quarter, Rice notched his fifth consecutive season of double digit sacks. Rice has 10 sacks on the year. He is tied for fifth in NFL history with eight seasons where he registered double digit sacks.
ALSTOTT MOVES UP ON RECEPTION LIST: With FB Mike Alstott’s two catches against the Patriots Saturday, the veteran fullback moved into sole possession of fifth place on the all-time receptions list as a Buccaneer. Alstott needs seven more catches on the season to surpass Kevin House.
BIDWELL’S STREAK COMES TO AN END: Punter Josh Bidwell’s streak of consecutive games with a punt of 50 or more yards came to an end against the Patriots. Bidwell got off two 49-yarders.
SACK PARADE: The Buccaneers offensive line was borderline offensive Saturday giving up seven sacks. On two occasions, the blind side of quarterback Chris Simms was left unprotected by the line causing two fumbles, one that was recovered by the Patriots.
PENALTIES COME BACK TO HAUNT BUCCANEERS: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers committed seven penalties for 54 yards Saturday, but many penalties came at moments that extended Patriots drives or gave the Patriots extra yards after a catch. Linebacker Ryan Nece was called for a roughing the punter penalty late in the second quarter which led to a Patriots touchdown later in the drive. Simeon Rice was called for a facemask penalty after a long pass by Brady which gave the Patriots first and goal.
BUC SHOTS: QB Chris Simms was 21-for-34 for 155 yards and threw no touchdowns. Simms extended his streak of passes without an interception to 117 passes. … RB Cadillac Williams rushed 14 times for 26 yards. … FS Dexter Jackson led the team in tackles with eight. … The Buccaneers went 2-1 on a three-game road trip in December. … Their final two games are at home against division opponents Atlanta and New Orleans, respectively. … The Patriots defense held the Buccaneers to 31 rushing yards.
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