1:00 PM ET, September 23, 2007
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
While St. Louis RB Steven Jackson managed to break out of his slump with 115 yards and was the game's leading rusher, don't be fooled thinking the Rams offensive line had a great day. It was the Bucs' offensive line and the perimeter players that excelled in the win over St. Louis.
The Buccaneers offensive line sustained its blocks for a second longer and did a better job of finishing off its blocks than the Rams did. This enabled the Bucs to break some longer runs, including a 28-yard TD by Earnest Graham. The longest run by Jackson was 14 yards. Not only did the offensive line sustain their blocks longer, but the tight ends and wide receivers did a better job of blocking downfield. That meant when Graham or Cadillac Williams broke through the first level they had a chance to go all the way or to at least gain enough for a first down.
St. Louis, already playing without star T Orlando Pace, lost G Mark Setterstrom with a knee injury in the fourth quarter. ... Rams WR Isaac Bruce sat out a portion of the game after he was tackled by Phillips on a reception in the second quarter. ... Garcia completed 14 of 22 passes for 151 yards and no interceptions.
Wow - go Tampa
-- Tester, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.0||5.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||00:03||Matt Bryant 27 Yd||0||3|
|TD||10:41||Carnell Williams 7 Yd Run (Matt Bryant Kick)||0||10|
|FG||11:31||Jeff Wilkins 25 Yd||3||10|
|TD||07:56||Earnest Graham 8 Yd Run (Matt Bryant Kick)||3||17|
|TD||05:00||Earnest Graham 28 Yd Run (Matt Bryant Kick)||3||24|