Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24  Minnesota Vikings 13 Sunday 11 September 2005 at the Metrodome
SCORING MIN 2:44-1Q Sharper 88 interception return (Edinger kick) TB 14:55-2Q Smith 23 pass from Griese (Bryant kick) TB 4:38-2Q Smith 2 pass from Griese (Bryant kick) TB 0:17-2Q Bryant FG40 MIN 3:52-3Q Edinger FG53 MIN 6:13-4Q Edinger FG22 TB 1:23-4Q Williams 71 run (Bryant kick)
Two of the Bucs’ top draft picks had an immediate impact in their first games as Cadillac Williams rushed for 148 yards including a clinching 71-yard score inside the final two minutes and TE Alex Smith caught a pair of touchdown passes from Brian Griese.   The defense did its part with two sacks and three interceptions of Daunte Culpepper as Jon Gruden’s team quickly shook off the memories of their 5-11 season in 2004.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Williams 27-148, Galloway 1-0, Alstott 1-0, Griese 2-(-2). VIKINGS: Williams 6-15, Culpepper 3-19, Bennett 6-(-1). PASSING BUCS: Griese 29-18-213-2-2. VIKINGS: Culpepper 33-22-233-3-0. RECEIVING BUCS: Galloway 5-97, Clayton 4-57, Smith 4-34, Cook 2-7, Alstott 1-7, Becht 1-7, Hilliard 1-4. VIKINGS: Kleinsasser 4-42, Wiggins 4-33, Burleson 3-45, Taylor 3-38, Robinson 3-22, Bennett 3-21, Williams 2-32. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Kelly 2-16, Brooks 1-0. VIKINGS: Sharper 1-88, Smoot 1-0. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Cox 4-83. VIKINGS: Moore 3-66, Williamson 2-23. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Jones 3-27. VIKINGS: Howry 5-54. SACKS BUCS: McFarland 1-8, Team 1-7, Rice 1-3. VIKINGS: Johnston 1-7, Williams 1-7.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 69 Davis DE 94 Spires LG 72 Buenning DT 95 Hovan C 76 Wade DT 92 McFarland RG 79 Mahan DE 97 Rice RT 67 Walker LLB 56 Nece TE 88 Becht MLB 53 Quarles TE 81 Smith RLB 55 Brooks WR 84 Galloway LCB 25 Kelly RB 32 Pittman RCB 20 Barber RB 24 Williams SS 23 Phillips QB 8 Griese FS 34 Jackson PLAYED 3 Bryant, 9 Bidwell, 19 Hilliard, 21 Bolden, 26 Allen, 27 Cox, 33 Graham, 40 Alstott, 43 Cook, 46 Adams, 51 Ruud, 58 Cooper, 64 Bryant, 75 Steussie, 77 Terry, 80 Clayton, 83 Moore, 86 Shepherd, 89 Jones, 90 White, 96 Wyms DID NOT PLAY 2 Simms, 85 Lawrie INACTIVES 12 McCown, 28 Nicholson, 44 Razzano, 61 Colmer, 78 Stinchcomb, 82 Warren, 87 Russell, 91 Bradley
COMMENTARY CREW Curt Menafee and JC Pearson