Originally posted on Buc Stop  |  Last updated 9/29/13
The Mike Glennon era begins, or the Josh Freeman era ends, any way you want to word it, its here, and you can see it on Fox 13 today at 1!  New England 23, Tampa Bay 3 (Sept. 22, 2013) FOXBOROUGH, MASS. – In their Week 3 contest at the New England Patriots, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were unable to produce offensively, losing the matchup 23-3. After winning the coin toss and electing to defer, the Buccaneers defense took the field and forced the Patriots to punt after linebacker Lavonte David and safety Mark Barron sacked quarterback Tom Brady for a loss of nine yards on third-and-2. Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman completed a 28-yard pass to wide receiver Mike Williams on the first play of the next drive, but, moving into New England territory, the Buccaneers failed to score following a missed field goal by kicker Rian Lindell. The Buccaneers defense then forced another punt, giving Freeman a chance to move downfield to the New England 12, despite starting the drive at the Tampa Bay 12. Lindell attempted a 30-yard field goal which was good, putting the Buccaneers up 3-0 near the end of the first quarter. New England punted on its next possession, followed by the Buccaneers turning the ball over on downs. Brady converted fourth-and-2 to sustain the next New England drive, eventually scoring on a 16-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins. On fourth-and-1 from the New England 38, the Buccaneers attempted to convert, but running back Doug Martin fell short, and the Patriots regained possession and again made the most of the situation, putting together a62-yard drive that ended with another touchdown reception by Thompkins, bringing the score to 14-3. Freeman was intercepted near midfield on the ensuing drive, and New England capitalized with a 53-yard field goal by kicker Stephen Gostkowski as the second quarter expired. The Buccaneers punted to open the second half, and the Patriots drove all the way to the Tampa Bay 6 and were in position to score before Barron nabbed Brady’s pass in the end zone for a touchback. However, the Buccaneers were held to a punt on the next drive and the Patriots managed to increase their lead to 20-3 following a 46-yard Gostkowski field goal. Tampa Bay then turned the ball over on downs once more, bucwhich led to New England scoring on another field goal, taking their lead to 23-3, the score upon which the game would end.   LAST MEETING Tampa Bay 38, Arizona 35 (Oct. 31, 2010) GLENDALE – Tampa Bay outlasted the Arizona Cardinals in the desert, tacking up another come-from-behind fourth quarter performance to secure the team’s fifth-straight road win. The Cardinals struck first, after QB Max Hall found WR Larry Fitzgerald for a three-yard touchdown pass on Arizona’s second possession of the game. Despite being forced to punt on their next drive, Tampa Bay came back and put points on the board with an interception that LB Geno Hayes returned 41 yards for a touchdown. Early in the second quarter, the Cardinals recovered a muffed punt and turned it into a RB Chris Wells score. QB Josh Freeman responded immediately, hitting WR Mike Williams with a deep 47-yard touchdown pass on the following possession to keep the game tied. The momentum continued to swing in Tampa Bay’s favor, as CB Aqib Talib nabbed a Hall pass intended for WR Steve Breaston and returned it 45 yards for his first career touchdown. The Cardinals punted their next possession, giving the Buccaneers enough time to close out the first half with a 10-point lead following a 94-yard drive for a K Connor Barth field goal, the longest field goal scoring drive in team history. Tampa Bay went on to increase their lead to 31-14 in the beginning of the second half after Freeman scrambled 21 yards on a third down to set up RB LeGarrette Blount’s 15-yard scoring run. However, Arizona fought back with two touchdowns in under a minute of play—a 30-yard rush by RB LeRon Stephens- Howling and a 21-yard LB Gerald Hayes fumble return. After a Buccaneers punt, the Cardinals took command of the score board as QB Derek Anderson completed a five-yard pass play to Fitzgerald. Needing an answering score, Freeman sustained the Buccaneers drive with a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-one at the Tampa Bay 46, and then found WR Arrelious Benn with a 53-yard bomb to Arizona’s one-yard line. Blount took the ball from there, forcing through for his second score of the day and giving the Buccaneers a 38-35 advantage with only five minutes left in the game. On the first play of the ensuing Arizona possession, Hayes forced a Stephens-Howling fumble that was intercepted by LB Barrett Ruud, but Tampa Bay’s attempt to build more of a lead was foiled when Barth’s kick was blocked by S Kerry Rhodes. With three minutes on the clock and another chance to put the game away, the Cardinals moved deep into Buccaneers territory and looked to score, but the Anderson-to-Fitzgerald pass was snatched by Talib. The Buccaneers offense took the field once more, and, in an impressive display of athleticism, Blount spun away from defenders and leapt over Rhodes, running for 48 yards and helping seal the Buccaneers victory, as Arizona was unable to produce on their final possession of the game.   SERIES HIGHLIGHTS In the first meeting between the two teams, Buccaneers WR Morris Owens catches four passes for 138 yards and a touchdown in Tampa Bay’s 17-7 win (12/18/77)… The Buccaneers begin three-game winning streak with a comefrom- behind win at St. Louis (9/27/81)… The Buccaneers scored two touchdowns in the final 2:51 to rally from a 10-6 deficit… RB James Wilder totaled 143 yards (71 rushing and 72 receiving on nine receptions)… LB Hugh Green led the Bucs with 12 tackles… LB Jeff Davis ties the previous team record with 18 tackles vs. St. Louis (10/16/83)… The Buccaneers record a 16-0 shutout vs. St. Louis (11/10/85)… TE Jimmie Giles totals a career-best 134 receiving yards and QB Steve DeBerg averages 17.8 yards per completion… RB James Wilder notched his fifth 100-yard game of the season… K Donald Igwebuike earned a game ball with three field goals of more than 45 yards (47, 46 and 50)… RB James Wilder equals his season-high with 80 rushing yards (12/20/87)… Tampa Bay scores 21 second-half points vs. Phoenix (9/18/88)… RB James Wilder totals 107 yards of total offense… The Bucs recorded their second consecutive late-game, one-point win at Phoenix (11/26/89)… WR Mark Carrier catches eight passes for 90 yards… The Buccaneers bookended the 1992 season with a pair of wins over the Cardinals… Head Coach Sam Wyche wins his Buccaneer debut (9/6/92)… WRs Mark Carrier and Lawrence Dawsey both haul in seven receptions apiece (12/27/92)… The Buccaneers equal their best start in franchise with their fifth straight win to start the 1997 season with a 19-18 win vs. Arizona (9/28/97)… QB Trent Dilfer throws two touchdowns… DT Brad Culpepper totals three sacks. RB Earnest Graham rushed 34 times for 124 yards and a touchdown as Tampa Bay defeated Arizona by a score of 17-10 at Raymond James Stadium (11/4/07)… The Buccaneers defense was stout as the unit allowed just 23 yards on the ground. WR Joey Galloway caught four passes for 84 yards and a touchdown (11/4/07)… Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman led a fourthquarter drive, including a quarterback sneak on a fourthand- one and a 53-yard pass to WR Arrelious Benn, for a touchdown and a come-from-behind win (10/31/10).   AGAINST THE OPPOSITION Below are highlights of how selected Buccaneers have performed during their careers against Arizona. S Dashon Goldson: Recorded seven tackles, two forced fumbles, two passes defensed and an interception (12/14/09)... Registered four tackles and his first sack of the year in the season finale (1/2/11)... Recorded an interception in each of his matchups with the Cardinals in 2011 (11/20/11 & 12/11/11)... His three interceptions against Arizona are tied for the fourth-most amongst active players... Was a member of the San Francisco 49ers for his previous nine games played against the Cardinals. TE Tom Crabtree: Had a career long 72 yard touchdown catch in win versus Arizona (11/4/12) as a member of the Green Bay Packers. CB Darrelle Revis: Had two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, in a win against Arizona (9/28/08) as a member of the New York Jets.   CONNECTIONS!! FORMER CARDINALS • Buccaneers CB Michael Adams played for the Arizona Cardinals from 2007-12. • Cardinals OT Bradley Sowell was signed by the Buccaneers and eventually put on the team’s practice squad in 2012. FORMER NFL TEAMMATES • Buccaneers RB Brian Leonard played with Cardinals QB Carson Palmer as a part of the Cincinnati Bengals from 2009-10. Leonard was also teammated with Cardinals DE Frostee Rucker from 2009-11. • Buccaneers CB Darrelle Revis played with Cardinals K Jay Feely on the New York Jets in 2008-09. Revis also played with Cardinals S Yeremiah Bell as part of the New York Jets in 2012. • Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson and Cardinals CB Antoine Cason played together for the San Diego Chargers from 2008-12. • Buccaneers TE Tom Crabtree and Cardinals G Daryn Colledge played together for the Green Bay Packers in 2010. • Buccaneers DT Derek Landri played with Cardinals G Mike Gibson in Philadelphia in 2012. • Buccaneers T Jamon Meredith and Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall played together for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011. • Buccaneers QB Dan Orlovsky and Cardinals CB Jerraud Powers played together for the Indianapolis Colts in 2011. • Cardinals QB Drew Stanton played for the Detroit Lions with Buccaneers T Jamon Meredith (2010) and QB Dan Orlovsky (2007-08). • Cardinals P Dave Zastudil played with Buccaneers DT Gary Gibson for the Baltimore Ravens in 2005. FORMER COLLEGE TEAMMATES • Buccaneers T Jamon Meredith and Cardinals LB Jasper Brinkley played together at the University of South Carolina from 2006-07. • Buccaneers DE Da’Quan Bowers, Cardinals WR Jaron Brown and RB Andre Ellington played together at Clemson University from 2008-10. • Buccaneers FB Erik Lorig and Cardinals TE Jim Dray played together at Stanford University from 2005-08. Buccaneers RB Doug Martin and Cardinals T Nate Potter played together at Boise State University from 2007-11. • Buccaneers LB Jonathan Casillas, G/T Gabe Carimi and Cardinals DE Matt Shaughnessy played together at the University of Wisconsin from 2006-08. • Buccaneers TE Luke Stocker and Cardinals DT Dan Williams played together at the University of Tennessee from 2007-09. • Buccaneers WR Russell Shepard (2009-12), Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (2008-10), ILB Kevin Minter (2010- 12), and S Tyrann Mathieu (2010-11) all played together at Louisiana State University. • Buccaneers S Mark Barron and Cardinals CB Javier Arenas played together at the University of Alabama from 2008-09 and in 2009 won the National Championship. FLORIDA TIES • Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson is a native of Pompano Beach, Florida, and went to Ely High School. • Cardinals CB Javier Arenas is a native of Tampa, Florida, and went to Robinson High School. • Cardinals TE D.C. Jefferson is a native of Winter Haven, Florida, and played under Buccaneers Head Coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers University from 2008-11. • Cardinals DE Calais Campbell played collegiately at the University of Miami from 2004-06. • Cardinals TE Rob Housler played collegiately at Florida Atlantic University from 2006-08. • Cardinals T Eric Winston played collegiately at the University of Miami from 2002-04. • Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett played collegiately at Florida State University. • Cardinals K Jay Feely played for the Florida Bobcats in the Arena Football League in 1999. ARIZONA TIES • Buccaneers CB Deveron Carr grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona and played collegiately at Arizona State University.   WHAT TO LOOK FOR... - RB Doug Martin • Martin has 1,751 career rushing yards and needs 188 more to pass LeGarrette Blount (1,939 from 2010-12) for 10th and 297 more to pass Earnest Graham (2,047 from 2004- 11) for ninth in career rushing yards in franchise history. • Martin has 12 career rushing touchdowns and needs only two more to pass LeGarrette Blount (13 from 2010-12), and Doug Williams (13 from 1978-82) for 10th-most in franchise history. • Martin has 392 career rushing attempts and needs 86 more to pass Earnest Graham (477 from 2004-11) for 10th and 124 more to pass Jerry Eckwood (515 from 1979-81) for ninth in career rushing attempts in franchise history. - QB Josh Freeman • Freeman has 13,534 career passing yards and needs 1,286 more to pass Vinny Testaverde (14,820 from 1987-92) for the most passing yards in team history. • Freeman has 1,967 career passing attempts and needs 72 more to surpass Trent Dilfer (2,038 from 1994-99) for second-most and 194 more to pass Vinny Testaverde (2,160 from 1987-82) for the most attempts in team history. - WR Mike Williams • Williams has 24 career touchdown catches and with one more he will surpass Dave Moore (24 touchdown catches from 1992-2001, 2004-06) for fifth-most in franchise history. • Williams has 24 total touchdowns and with one more he will surpass Dave Moore (24 touchdowns from 1992-2001, 2004-06) and Carnell Williams (24 touchdowns from 2005- 10) for ninth-most in franchise history. • Williams has 2,857 career receiving yards and needs 79 more to pass Michael Clayton (2,936 receiving yards from 2004-09) for ninth and 85 more to pass Bruce Hill (2,942 receiving yards from 1987-91). • Williams has 200 career receptions and needs 40 more to pass Gerald Carter (239 from 1981-87) for 10th most receptions in franchise history. - P Michael Koenen • Koenen has 51 punts inside the 20 with the Buccaneers and needs five more to pass Tommy Barnhardt (55 from 1996-98) for sixth-most, six more to pass Tom Tupa (56 from 2002-03) for fifth-most and nine more to pass Dan Stryzinski (59 from 1992-94) for fourth-most punts inside the 20 in team history.   INSIDE BRUCE ARIANS ..Cardinal's Head Coach Bruce Arians was hired as head coach by Arizona on January 17, 2013. He came to Arizona after working as offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts in 2012, where he also served as interim head coach for 12 games during Chuck Pagano’s absence while being treated for leukemia. Arians was selected as the 2012 AP NFL Coach of the Year after leading Indianapolis to a 9-3 record and helping the Colts clinch a playoff berth while tying the NFL record for most wins ever by an interim coach. Arians previously coached at the pro level with the Pittsburgh Steelers (offensive coordinator, wide receivers coach, 2004-2011), Cleveland Browns (offensive coordinator, 2001-03), Indianapolis Colts (quarterbacks, 1998- 2000), New Orleans Saints (tight ends, 1996) and Kansas City Chiefs (running backs, 1989-1992). As offensive coordinator with the Steelers, Arians was part of Pittsburgh teams that won three AFC North Division titles, two AFC Championships and Super Bowl XLIII. He was also the Steelers wide receivers coach when they won Super Bowl XL.  
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