Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27  St.Louis Cardinals 34 Sunday 16 October 1983 at Tampa Stadium
SCORING STL 11:01-1Q O'Donoghue FG52 TB 5:24-1Q Wilder 11 pass from Thompson (kick failed) STL 4:10-1Q O'Donoghue FG43 STL 0:22-2Q Marsh 5 pass from Lomax (O'Donoghue kick) STL 7:17-3Q Green 6 pass from Lomax (O'Donoghue kick) STL 6:51-3Q Marsh 16 pass from Lomax (O'Donoghue kick) TB 4:50-3Q T.Bell 23 pass from Thompson (Capece kick) TB 2:47-3Q Green 33 interception return (Capece kick) STL 1:07-4Q Love 1 run (O'Donoghue kick) TB 0:01-4Q Giles 11 pass from Thompson (Capece kick)
Again crippled by defensive injuries, the Bucs fell to 0-7 with this home loss, although a comeback did reduce the deficit from 27-6 at one point.   The Bucs had lost starting LB Andy Hawkins to a season-ending knee injury and fellow starting LB Hugh Green could only hobble on to the field for a handful of plays due to a hamstring problem. The two replacements, Ed Judie and Robert Thompson, had only signed for the team as free agents in the days leading up to the game.   The Bucs did close to 27-20 in the 4th quarter, but Jack Thompson's second interception of the game, this one to Benny Perrin, halted the rally and set up the Cardinals' final score.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Carver 12-48, Wilder 5-13, Owens 4-13. CARDINALS: Anderson 13-55, Mitchell 12-52, Love 4-12, Harrell 3-10, Morris 4-7, Lomax 1-0. PASSING BUCS: Thompson 30-20-212-2-3. CARDINALS: Lomax 22-16-166-1-3. RECEIVING BUCS: Giles 7-92, House 5-54, Wilder 4-9, Carter 2-30, T.Bell 1- 23, Carver 1-4. CARDINALS: Marsh 6-81, Anderson 3-23, Tilley 2-25, Harrell 2- 12, Mitchell 2-11, Morris 1-8, Green 1-6. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Green 1-33. CARDINALS: Perrin 1-30, Nelson 1-8. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Morton 2-56, Smith 1-43, Owens 1-22. CARDINALS: Bird 2-57, Schmitt 1-17. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Tyler 1-3. CARDINALS: Mitchell 2-44, Bird 1-6. SACKS BUCS: Judie 1-8, Green 0.5-5, Logan 0.5-5. CARDINALS: Baker 2-13, Galloway 1-3.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 74 Sanders LDE 66 Reese LG 60 Grimes NT 76 Logan C 50 Wilson RDE 63 Selmon RG 68 Yarno LOLB 51 Judie RT 70 Thomas LILB 58 Davis TE 88 Giles RILB 52 Brantley TE 86 Obradovich ROLB 56 Thompson WR 87 Carter LCB 21 Holt WR 89 House SS 33 Cotney FB 32 Wilder FS 34 Brown QB 14 Thompson RCB 40 Washington PLAYED 1 Morton, 3 Capece, 5 Garcia, 22 Smith, 23 Castille, 26 Owens, 28 Carver, 29 LaBeaux, 41 Thomas, 46 Armstrong, 53 Green, 54 Wood, 55 Spradlin, 57 Leonard, 65 Stalls, 69 Arbubakrr, 72 Snell, 75 Reavis, 78 Cannon, 81 Tyler, 82 J Bell, 83 T Bell, 85 Witte, 90 White DID NOT PLAY 7 Komlo, 11 Golsteyn INACTIVES 62 Farrell
COMMENTARY CREW Tom Brookshier and Charlie Waters
GAME HIGHLIGHTS        Click on the boxes below to watch the clip James Wilder put the Bucs ahead in the first quarter Hugh Green came off the bench to record his second pick six of the year Jimmie Giles’ score came with only one second left which was far too late