Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 Philadelphia Eagles 41 Sunday 4 September 1988 at Tampa Stadium
SCORING PHI 12:30-1Q Quick 37 pass from Cunningham (Dorsey kick PHI 3:40-1Q Toney 2 run (Dorsey kick) PHI 1:23-1Q Jackson 8 pass from Cunningham (Dorsey kick) PHI 7:10-2Q Dorsey FG23 PHI 2:22-2Q Dorsey FG26 PHI 0:30-2Q Cunningham 2 run (Dorsey kick) TB 12:22-3Q Hill 42 pass from Testaverde (Igwebuike kick) PHI 6:37-3Q Hoage 38 run (Dorsey kick) TB 1:32-3Q Carrier 59 pass from Testaverde (Igwebuike kick)
Not a good start to the season thanks to five interceptions and a 34-0 halftime deficit in your home opener. Trailing 14-0, Vinny threw a strike to free safety Terry Hoage and two plays later, it was a three TD game.  Punter Ray Criswell then fumbled a snap to set up a fieldgoal and just before half-time, Vinny overthrew James Wilder and Seth Joyner picked off the pass setting up another score.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Tate 6-30, Testaverde 3-9, J.Smith 2-3, Wilder 3-1, Criswell 1-0. EAGLES: Hoage 1-38, Haddix 9-38, Toney 7-23, Cunningham 5- 21, Tautalatasi 11-16, Byars 9-5. PASSING BUCS: Testaverde 45-21-324-5-2 EAGLES: Cunningham 12-7-156-1-2, Cavanaugh 14-6-92-1-0. RECEIVING BUCS: Hill 8-157, Hall 5-59, J.Smith 3-25, Wilder 2-5, Carrier 1- 59, Taylor 1-13, Magee 1-6. EAGLES: Carter 4-85, Garrity 3-35, Quick 2-90, Jackson 2-9, Byars 1-24, Toney 1-5. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Elder 1-9, Jones 1-0. EAGLES: Hoage 2-36, Joyner 1-26, Allen 1-10, Hopkins 1-0. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Elder 5-113, J.Smith 2-30. EAGLES: Konency 2-37. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Futrell 1-20. EAGLES: Konency 1-8. SACKS BUCS: none. EAGLES: White 1-5.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 74 Gruber DE 79 Davis LG 68 Mallory DT 95 Jarvis C 60 Grimes DE 90 Holmes RG 50 Turk LOLB 59 Murphy RT 72 Taylor LILB 99 Marve TE 82 Hall RILB 54 Randle WR 84 Hill ROLB 58 Moss WR 88 Carrier LCB 29 Reynolds FB 35 Smith RCB 22 Jones RB 32 Wilder SS 30 Robinson QB 14 Testaverde FS 39 Hamilton PLAYED 1 Igwebuike, 13 Criswell, 20 Harris, 27 Goode, 34 Tate, 36 Futrell, 40 Elder, 43 Howard, 51 Washington, 53 Coleman, 55 Rolling, 56 Walker, 64 Thomas, 69 Bruhin, 70 Swayne, 78 Cannon, 80 Pillow, 85 Taylor, 86 Magee, 94 Goff, 97 Lee DID NOT PLAY 12 Ferguson, 71 Cooper INACTIVE 73 McHale, 81 Starring
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