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The third start of Tampa Bay quarterback Chris Simms’ season proved to be a charm on Sunday. A third-year quarterback, Simms completed 15-of-29 passes for 279 yards and threw for 279 yards and three touchdown en route to rallying the Bucs back from a fourth quarter deficit. Simms’ touchdown passes came on a 24-yard pass to wide receiver Joey Galloway, a 4-yard throw to WR Ike Hilliard and a 30-yard strike to WR Edell Shepherd. Sunday’s win over Washington was Simms’ first victory as Tampa Bay’s starting signal caller.

“A-Train” Back On Track
Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said earlier in the week that fullback Mike Alstott could get some more touches. That came to fruition on Sunday when the “A-Train” scored two rushing touchdowns and the go-ahead two-point conversion with less than a minute left in regulation that gave the Bucs a 36-35 lead. Alstott carried the ball nine times for 21 yards (2.3 avg.) and caught an 18-yard pass.

Through the first three weeks of the season, Bucs rookie running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams was on a hot streak en route to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But a foot/hamstring injury kept him on the sidelines for two straight games, and he’s had a hard time pulling out of the driveway ever since. On Sunday, Williams rushed 10 times for just 20 yards and had a costly fumble that the Redskins recovered on the Bucs’ 7-yard line. Dating back to his return from injury in San Francisco, Williams has carried the ball just 34 times for 69 yards and fumbled two times, both of which have led to touchdowns for opposing offenses.

One week after being held without a tackle or sack, Tampa Bay defensive end Simeon Rice came up huge Sunday by recording four tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception vs. Washington. Rice’s sack/fumble in the first quarter forced the Redskins to settle for a field goal. In the second quarter, Rice intercepted a pass after CB Juran Bolden tipped a QB Mark Brunell throw intended for WR Santana Moss. That big play killed a Redskins drive that was on the Bucs’ 25-yard line. Later in the second quarter, Rice sacked Brunell and forced him to fumble again, which allowed DE Dewayne White to recover the ball on the Redskins’ 5-yard line. Alstott scored his second touchdown of the game two plays later. Rice, who has notched a team-leading seven sacks this season, leads the NFL among active players with 31 career multi-sack performances.

Bucs tight end Dave Moore played in his 200th career game. … Moore is only the eighth tight end in NFL history to play in 200 games. … Bucs defensive end Simeon Rice collected his fifth career interception on Sunday. … Rice leads active NFL players with 31 career multi-sack games. … Rice tied Washington with New Orleans for the most sacks against a team with his 13th and 14th sacks of Washington QB Mark Brunell. … Bucs fullback Mike Alstott’s two touchdowns marked his first multi-touchdown game since September 21, 2003 at Atlanta. … The Bucs are 42-10 when Alstott scores a touchdown. … Tampa Bay allowed its first kickoff return for a touchdown since 2003. … Bucs wide receiver Joey Galloway has scored 13 touchdowns in his last 14 games. … Bucs backup wide receiver Edell Shepherd made the first kickoff return of his career, however the play resulted in a touchback. … Shepherd also scored his first career touchdown on a 30-yard reception from Simms in the fourth quarter. … Bucs rookie running back Carnell Williams has committed a fumble in each of the past two games, both resulting in opponent touchdowns. … Bucs WR Ike Hilliard made his first start as a Buccaneer. … Hilliard also scored his first touchdown of the season on a 4-yard reception from Simms in the third quarter. … Simms recorded his first game with multiple touchdown passes. … Bucs cornerback Juran Bolden acquired his first interception as a Buccaneer. … Bolden’s interception was the first turnover forced by Tampa Bay since October 16th versus Miami. … Tampa Bay only committed two penalties during Sunday’s contest. … Tampa Bay’s 21 points in the first half were its most of any half this season.

Bucs safety Will Allen suffered a knee injury early in the third quarter and did not return. He was replaced by backup Kalvin Pearson. Defensive end Greg Spires left the game midway through the fourth quarter with a sprained left shoulder and did not return.

The following Buccaneers were declared inactive for Sunday’s game versus Washington: safeties Dexter Jackson and Donte Nicholson, linebacker Wesley Mallard, offensive tackle Chris Colmer, defensive tackle Anthony Bryant, and wide receivers Michael Clayton and J.R. Russell. Tim Rattay was designated the team’s emergency quarterback.

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