Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17  Cincinnati Bengals 23 Sunday 25 September 1983 at Tampa Stadium
SCORING CIN 11:54-1Q Riley 34 interception return (Breech kick) CIN 4:28-1Q Wilson 4 pass from Anderson (Breech kick) CIN 7:26-2Q Alexander 2 run (pass failed) TB 1:51-2Q Owens 1 run (Capece kick) TB 3:58-3Q Capece FG20 CIN 13:25-4Q Breech FG24 TB 9:19-4Q House 15 pass from Thompson (Capece kick)
Playing against his former team-mates for the first time, Jack Thompson proved to be the focal point of a close contest. He completed 30 of his 40 passes for his first 300-yard game in the NFL and sparked a furious Tampa Bay comeback from a 20-0 2nd quarter deficit.   James Wilder tied his team record with 11 receptions and posted a 100- yard receiving game. The Bucs got to within six on Thompson's TD pass to Kevin House, and after John Holt intercepted Ken Anderson, Thompson drove Tampa Bay to the Cincinnati 12-yard line late in the game.   But his fourth down pass to Jimmie Giles was intercepted in the endzone by Robert Jackson and the Bengals ran out the clock.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Carver 10-38, Owens 7-10, Wilder 2-2, Thompson 4-2. BENGALS: Alexander 20-61, Anderson 5-42, Wilson 2-11, Tate 3-7. PASSING BUCS: Thompson 40-30-316-3-1. BENGALS: Anderson 20-15-168-1-1. RECEIVING BUCS: Wilder 11-126, Carter 4-42, Carver 4-39, Giles 4-31, Owens 3-19, House 2-35, T.Bell 1-20, Obradovich 1-4. BENGALS: Alexander 3-10, Collinsworth 2-45, Nate 2-30, Curtis 2- 24, Ross 2-21, Wilson 2-8, Kreider 1-8, Harris 1-12. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Holt 1-13. BENGALS: Riley 1-34, Griffin 1-24, Jackson 1-15. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Owens 2-45, O'Steen 2-30, Morton 1-20. BENGALS: Tate 1-20, Verser 1-18, Dinkel 1-1. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Tyler 2-16. BENGALS: Martin 1-2. SACKS BUCS: Cannon 1-14, Hawkins 1-8. BENGALS: Edwards 2-15, Kemp 1-10.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 75 Reavis LDE 78 Cannon LG 72 Snell NT 76 Logan C 50 Wilson RDE 63 Selmon RG 68 Yarno LOLB 59 Hawkins RT 70 Thomas LILB 58 Davis TE 88 Giles RILB 52 Brantley WR 89 House ROLB 53 Green WR 87 Carter LCB 21 Holt FB 32 Wilder SS 20 Colzie RB 26 Owens FS 34 Brown QB 14 Thompson RCB 23 Castille PLAYED 1 Morton, 3 Capece, 5 Garcia, 22 Smith, 24 Morris, 28 Carver, 43 Middleton, 44 O'Steen, 54 Wood, 55 Spradlin, 56 Johnson, 60 Grimes, 65 Stalls, 66 Reese, 69 Arbubakrr, 74 Sanders, 81 Tyler, 82 J Bell, 83 T Bell, 85 Witte, 86 Obradovich, 90 White DID NOT PLAY 8 Hewko, 11 Golsteyn, 40 Washington, 57 Leonard INACTIVES 62 Farrell
GAME HIGHLIGHTS        Click on the boxes below to watch the clip James Wilder had a nice run and catch down the near sideline Kevin House’s 4th quarter touchdown brought the Bucs to within six But Jack Thompson’s endzone interception saw the Bucs come up short