Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3  Philadelphia Eagles 13 Sunday 18 September 1977    at Veterans Field
The Bucs' second season opened with a loss as pre-season rookie sensation Randy Hedberg was unable to lead any sort of repeat performance once the real football started.  The Bucs were held to just 70 yards passing and just 90 more on the ground, thereby negating a far improved defensive performance over the previous season. The Bucs were 13 point underdogs in this game.   Lee Roy Selmon gave indication of his emergence as a premier defender with a pair of sacks of Ron Jaworski.  On the other side of the ball, Eagles TE Vince Papale, subject of the Disney film, “Invincible”, recorded his only NFL reception in this game.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Bell 15-53, Williams 4-14, Davis 5-12, Hedberg 3-10, Carter 1-3. EAGLES: Sullivan 20-56, Hogan 11-49, Lemaster 1-30, Jaworski 4- 7, Lusk 2-2. PASSING BUCS: Hedberg 25-10-66-0-0, Blount 1-1-4-0-0, Carter 1-0-0-0-0. EAGLES: Jaworski 24-14-147-2-2, Gabriel 1-1-15-0-0. RECEIVING BUCS: Williams 4-19, Owens 2-21, Carter 2-1, Bell 1-12, McKay 1- 9, Hagins 1-8. EAGLES: Krepfle 4-77, Carmichael 4-30, Smith 2-25, Sullivan 2-13, Hogan 2-2, Papale 1-15. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Brown 1-22, Johnson 1-0. EAGLES: none. KICK RETURNS BUCS: A.Davis 3-62. EAGLES: Marshall 2-46. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Reece 3-23, Hagins 2-9. EAGLES:  Marshall 9-89, Mitchell 1-0. SACKS BUCS: L.Selmon 2-18, Rudolph 1-7. EAGLES:  Sistrunk 1-22, Burnham 1-10, Johnson 1-7, Hairston 1-0.
SCORING PHI 7:30-2Q Sullivan 7 pass from Jaworski (Muhlmann kick) TB 11:22-3Q Green FG22 PHI 0:29-3Q Krepfle 17 pass from Jaworski (kick failed)
COMMENTARY CREW Frank Gleiber and Johnny Unitas
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 75 Reavis LDE 78 Rudolph LG 62 Winans DT 76 Pear C 51 Ryczek RDE 63 L Selmon RG 68 Medlin LOLB 57 Lewis RT 70 Carlton LILB 61 D Selmon TE 80 Novak RILB 54 Wood WR 85 Owens ROLB 56 C Johnson WR 89 McKay LCB 45 White FB 43 Williams SS 33 Cotney RB 42 Bell   FS 34 Brown QB 14 Hedberg RCB 40 Washington SUBSTITUTIONS 4 Green, 17 Blount, 25 Jordan, 28 Davis, 32 L Carter, 35 DuBose, 46 Reece, 52 Harris, 59 Lemon, 64 Robinson, 65 R Johnson, 66 B Carter, 72 Fest, 73 Hannah, 77 Kollar, 79 Wilson, 81 Hagins, 83 Nafziger, 86 Moore, 87 Mucker DID NOT PLAY 21 Jennings INACTIVE 19 Huff, 53 Bonness
VIDEO CLIPS Lee Roy Selmon sacks Eagles QB Ron Jaworski Jeris White recovers a fumble in the endzone for a touchback Randy Hedberg finds Morris Owens downfield for a nice gain