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 |
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.
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.
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.
BUCS: Brown 1-10.
LIONS: Latimer 1-0.
BUCS: Morton 2-18.
LIONS: Hall 1-25, Martin 1-15.
BUCS: Tyler 3-21.
LIONS: Martin 2-25.
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.
|TE||82 J Bell
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