Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 Detroit Lions 11
Sunday 4 September 1983 at Tampa Stadium
DET 7:04-1Q Safety - Golsteyn sacked in the end zone
DET 3:51-2Q Murray FG29
DET 6:16-3Q Murray FG48
DET 8:57-4Q Murray FG38

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
BUCS: Carver 11-22, Wilder 5-18, Morton 5-16, Owens 1-4.
LIONS: Sims 14-37, Jones 11-23, Hipple 3-11, King 3-6.
PASSING
BUCS: Golsteyn 21-14-120-0-0, Thompson 12-7-97-1-0.
LIONS: Hipple 24-14-174-1-0, Danielson 10-8-89-0-0.
RECEIVING
BUCS: Wilder 9-69, Carter 4-41, T.Bell 2-47, J.Bell 2-16, Obradovich 1-19, Witte 1-10, Carver 1-9, House 1-6.
LIONS: Thompson 6-80, Nichols 5-41, Jones 3-49, Sims 3-31, Chadwick 2-19, Norris 1-35, King 1-4, Rubick 1-4.
INTERCEPTIONS
BUCS: Brown 1-10.
LIONS: Latimer 1-0.
KICK RETURNS
BUCS: Morton 2-18.
LIONS: Hall 1-25, Martin 1-15.
PUNT RETURNS
BUCS: Tyler 3-21.
LIONS: Martin 2-25.
SACKS
BUCS: Selmon 2-19, Logan 1-8.
LIONS: Gay 5.5-39, English 1-7, Moss 0.5-1.
GAME REPORTS AND COMMENTS
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The Bucs opened the post-Doug Williams era by being shut out at Tampa Stadium in the 1983 season opener by the Lions. The game was memorable for Detroit DE William Gay having a career year in just one afternoon by recording 5.5 sacks in the game, thanks in the main to all three of the Bucs' offensive tackles going down injured in the first half alone.

Although the Lions were kept out of the endzone, three Eddie Murray fieldgoals and a first quarter safety were enough to give Detroit victory. Jerry Golsteyn started at QB for the Bucs but was replaced at half-time by Jack Thompson. Neither was able to move the ball successfully due to the offensive line problems and only seven of the Bucs' 21 completions were to wide receivers.
OFFENSEDEFENSE
LT75 Reavis LDE78 Cannon
LG72 Snell NT76 Logan
C50 Wilson RDE63 Selmon
RG62 Farrell LOLB59 Hawkins
RT70 Thomas LILB58 Davis
WR89 House RILB52 Brantley
WR87 Carter ROLB53 Green
TE82 J Bell LCB21 Holt
FB32 Wilder SS33 Cotney
RB28 Carver FS34 Brown
QB11 Golsteyn RCB40 Washington
SUBSTITUTIONS
1 Morton, 3 Capece, 5 Garcia, 14 Thompson, 20 Colzie, 22 Smith, 23 Castille, 24 Morris, 26 Owens, 43 Middleton, 54 Wood, 55 Spradlin, 56 Johnson, 57 Leonard, 60 Grimes, 66 Reese, 68 Yarno, 69 Arbubakrr, 74 Sanders, 80 Branton, 81 Tyler, 83 T Bell, 86 Obradovich, 88 Giles, 90 White, 93 Witte
DID NOT PLAY
8 Hewko, 65 Stalls
INACTIVE