1:00 PM ET, November 4, 2007
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Bucs rookie DE Gaines Adams, the first defensive player selected in the draft, made his first NFL start in place of injured Greg Spires. ... Cardinals S Aaron Francisco (sprained right knee) left the game in the second quarter. ... Tampa Bay's 43:07 time of possession is a franchise-best for a game that didn't extend into overtime.
The Buccaneers executed a textbook power-O play on the goal line in the third quarter and scored a touchdown that ended up providing the winning margin. Tampa Bay overloaded the right side of the offensive line by putting tight end Anthony Becht on the end of the line and tight end Alex Smith on the wing. Their job was to block any player in the gap to their left. Arizona OLB Calvin Pace did an excellent job of penetrating to Smith’s left but was kicked out nicely by pulling guard Arron Sears, who was responsible for hitting the first opposite-colored jersey that showed. That left Becht to make the key block on Cardinals LB Monty Beisel, and Becht did just that to allow running back Earnest Graham to score what became the game-winning touchdown.
-- Marwan Maalouf, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.6||4.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||12:17||Neil Rackers 47 Yd||3||0|
|TD||05:56||Joey Galloway 37 Yd Pass From Jeff Garcia (Matt Bryant Kick)||3||7|
|FG||13:37||Matt Bryant 32 Yd||3||10|
|TD||10:33||Earnest Graham 2 Yd Run (Matt Bryant Kick)||3||17|
|TD||07:30||Edgerrin James 3 Yd Run (Neil Rackers Kick)||10||17|