Cincinnati Bengals 0-3-0-8 — 11
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-16-0-2 — 25
The Tampa Bay Bucs soundly defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 25-11 in a preseason Monday Night Football matchup. The Bucs had a dominant defensive performance which forced the Bengals into three turnovers. Jameis Winston was impressive in about a quarter and a half of action.
Bucs fans held their breath as Winston limped off the field in the second quarter. Jameis is reportedly fine but did not return to the game. He was 8-of-13 for 90 yards as well as a rushing touchdown.
The Bengals offense had a poor outing. Quarterback Andy Dalton threw interceptions on back to back drives. Dalton’s turnovers have been cause for concern throughout his career with the Bengals.
Here are the major storylines, stats and highlights from the game:
Jameis Winston Scored a Rushing Touchdown
Winston dove towards the pylon to put the Bucs on the scoreboard first. It marked his first touchdown at Raymond James Stadium. Bucs fans hope there are many more to come.
Doug Martin Had an Impressive Performance
Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin looked great. Martin had 6 rushes for 59 yards including this great run. His performance is sure to give fantasy football players headaches as they decide where he should be drafted, especially those who have been burned by him in the past.
Andy Dalton Threw a Pick-6
Dalton threw the ball directly to Tampa Bay and it was returned for a touchdown. This would be the beginning of Dalton’s unraveling against the Bucs.
Andy Dalton Threw His Second Interception of the Game
It was not a good night for Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton. Dalton badly overthrew his receiver again which led to his second interception of the night. Cincinnati fans are all too familiar with these sorts of bad games from Andy Dalton.
Jameis Winston Left the Game During the Second Quarter
Winston favored his ankle throughout a series midway through the 2nd quarter. Jameis limped off the field, and was held out of the rest of the game. This was Winston’s last throw, and you can see he throws the ball away to try to avoid the hit.
ESPN’s Lisa Salters reported that the Bucs are chose to play backup quarterback Mike Glennon, but they said it was not due to an injury. It is certainly interesting timing for Winston to limp off the field and not remain in the game.
Mike Glennon Threw a Touchdown Pass for the Bucs
Bucs backup Mike Glennon entered the game midway through the second quarter. He threw this great touchdown pass to wide receiver Russell Shepard. Glennon threw for 73 yards on 6-of-11 passes during the second quarter.
AJ McCarron Came in at Quarterback for the Bengals
College football fans remember AJ McCarron for his tenure with the Alabama Crimson Tide. McCarron saw his first NFL action against the Bucs and is competing for the backup quarterback position for the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bucs Stopped the Bengals for a Safety
The Bucs stopped the Bengals in their own endzone for two points. The Bucs defense was quite impressive. They forced three turnovers while holding the Bengals offense to 68 total yards through three quarters.
James Wilder, Jr. Scored a Touchdown for the Bengals
James Wilder, Jr. rushed for the lone Bengals touchdown of the game. Wilder’s father was a great running back for the Tampa Bay Bucs, so it is fitting that he scored this touchdown in Tampa.
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