Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

TB
12
CIN
23
FINAL
1234T
TB 363012
CIN 0614323

Game Information
Location: Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 44,495

CINCINNATI (AP) Ryan Fitzpatrick made a good initial impression with Tampa Bay.

The rest was so-so.

Fitzpatrick completed his first series with a 6-yard touchdown run before the Cincinnati Bengals pulled away to a 23-12 victory over the Buccaneers on Friday night.

The 34-year-old quarterback signed a one-year deal for a chance to back up Jameis Winston . Fitzpatrick had mixed results after his TD, going 6 of 13 overall with an interception. He also scrambled twice for 15 yards. Fitzpatrick lost the ball while trying to throw, but recovered his fumble.

"It's nice to get into a game situation just figuring out how they set the tempo and pace," Fitzpatrick said. "It's something I've had to work on."

Ryan Griffin - Tampa Bay's third-string quarterback the past two seasons - left in the fourth quarter after someone landed on his passing shoulder. There was no estimate how long he'll be sidelined.

"It's all a process now," said Griffin, who was 4 of 9 for 57 yards. "I haven't been hurt before, so we'll see how it goes."

Tampa Bay opened the game with a 14-play, 92-yard drive, but had to settle for a field goal after Adam "Pacman" Jones broke up a pair of Winston's passes in the end zone. Jones is suspended by the NFL for the season opener because of his offseason arrest.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was on the sideline after missing a practice last week because of a knee problem.

Andy Dalton had his full complement of receivers - A.J. Green and tight end Tyler Eifert have returned from significant injuries last season - and moved the offense smoothly on Cincinnati's opening drive before making a bad decision. Vernon Hargreaves III anticipated Dalton's sideline throw and picked off a pass at the 1-yard line .

Dalton had plenty of time to throw behind Cincinnati's reconfigured line.

"I just wish I could have that last play back," said Dalton, who was 4 of 5 for 38 yards on his only drive.

Green, who missed the last half of last season with a hamstring injury, had a pair of catches for 21 yards.

Both teams have kicker competitions that were in the spotlight in their preseason opener.

Roberto Aguayo made a 20-yard field goal on Tampa Bay's opening possession, but he was wide right on a 47-yard try and hit the right upright on the extra-point attempt. Nick Folk was good from 45 yards on his only chance.

The Bengals' kickers were perfect. Randy Bullock made field goals of 54 and 49 yards and his extra-point try. Jake Elliott, who was drafted in the fifth round, connected from 45 yards and also made an extra point.

"We both had a good night tonight," Elliott said. "We put all of them through, which is what you want."

INJURIES

Buccaneers: CB Brent Grimes (leg) and C Ali Marpet (ankle) sat out. RB Russell Hansbrough left in the fourth quarter to be evaluated for a concussion.

Bengals: RB Giovani Bernard was held out along with first-round pick WR John Ross, who is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Bernard has fully practiced in camp while recovering from ACL surgery midway through last season.

ROOKIE WATCH

Buccaneers: TE O.J. Howard, the 19th overall pick, didn't have a catch, with only one pass thrown his way. WR Chris Godwin had one catch for 14 yards.

Bengals: RB Joe Mixon had several nice runs, avoiding tacklers to get extra yards. He carried six times for 31 yards and turned his only reception into an 11-yard gain by slipping through a pair of attempted tackles. He's competing with Jeremy Hill for playing time.

"Once I got that first carry and got the first-game jitters out of the way, I adjusted," Mixon said. "It was just playing football."

SORTING OUT THE RBs

Tampa Bay will miss Doug Martin for the first three games as he serves a suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances. Martin carried four times for 11 yards. Jacquizz Rodgers, who is expected to be the featured back while he's gone, also carried four times for 11 yards.

QUOTABLE

After his touchdown, Fitzpatrick simply flipped the ball to an official instead of celebrating. Nobody touched him after he took off for the end zone.

"I went left and there was nothing in front of me," he said. "I was so surprised. I had no celebration planned. I didn't know what to do."

UP NEXT

Buccaneers: Play at Jacksonville on Thursday.

Bengals: Host Kansas City next Saturday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Buccaneers Bengals
08:41 Roberto Aguayo 20 yd FG 3 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Buccaneers Bengals
09:12 Randy Bullock 54 yd FG 3 3
02:51 Ryan Fitzpatrick 6 yd run (missed kick) 9 3
01:04 Jake Elliott 45 yd FG 9 6

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Buccaneers Bengals
10:55 Jeff Driskel 18 yd run (Randy Bullock kick) 9 13
07:46 Nick Folk 45 yd FG 12 13
00:44 Josh Malone 8 yd pass from Jeff Driskel (Jake Elliott kick) 12 20

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Buccaneers Bengals
02:48 Randy Bullock 49 yd FG 12 23

Team Stats
  Tampa Bay Cincinnati
1st Downs 23 19
Total Yards 330 316
Passing 224 176
Passing Completions/Attempts 23-40 17-22
Yards/Pass 5.3 7.3
Rushing 106 140
Rushing Attempts 28 36
Yards/Rush 3.8 3.9
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Possession 28:00 32:00

Tampa Bay Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Jameis Winston 9 13 99 7.6 0 0
Ryan Griffin 4 9 57 6.3 0 0
Ryan Fitzpatrick 6 13 45 3.5 0 1
Sefo Liufau 4 5 31 6.2 0 0

Cincinnati Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Jeff Driskel 8 9 97 10.8 1 0
AJ McCarron 5 8 49 6.1 0 0
Andy Dalton 4 5 38 7.6 0 1

Tampa Bay Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Charles Sims 3 23 7.7 0 13
Peyton Barber 8 21 2.6 0 7
Ryan Fitzpatrick 2 15 7.5 1 9
Sefo Liufau 3 12 4.0 0 7
Jeremy McNichols 2 12 6.0 0 11
Doug Martin 4 11 2.8 0 6
Jacquizz Rodgers 4 11 2.8 0 4
Blake Sims 1 3 3.0 0 3
Russell Hansbrough 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2

Cincinnati Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Jeff Driskel 5 34 6.8 1 18
Tra Carson 8 32 4.0 0 16
Joe Mixon 6 31 5.2 0 13
Jeremy Hill 7 26 3.7 0 9
Jarveon Williams 5 9 1.8 0 3
Stanley Williams 2 5 2.5 0 3
Alex Erickson 1 3 3.0 0 3
Kermit Whitfield 1 1 1.0 0 1
AJ McCarron 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Tampa Bay Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Mike Evans 4 58 14.5 0 29
Alan Cross 2 30 15.0 0 16
Cameron Brate 2 27 13.5 0 19
Bernard Reedy 3 24 8.0 0 13
Austin Johnson 2 15 7.5 0 8
Chris Godwin 1 14 14.0 0 14
Freddie Martino 1 14 14.0 0 14
Bobo Wilson 1 11 11.0 0 11
Russell Hansbrough 2 9 4.5 0 5
Tevin Westbrook 1 9 9.0 0 9
Josh Huff 1 7 7.0 0 7
DeSean Jackson 1 6 6.0 0 6
Jacquizz Rodgers 1 5 5.0 0 5
Adam Humphries 1 3 3.0 0 3

Cincinnati Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Alex Erickson 3 50 16.7 0 21
Tra Carson 1 23 23.0 0 23
A.J. Green 2 21 10.5 0 13
Cody Core 1 17 17.0 0 17
Kermit Whitfield 1 15 15.0 0 15
Cethan Carter 2 14 7.0 0 11
Brandon LaFell 1 13 13.0 0 13
Josh Malone 2 12 6.0 1 8
Joe Mixon 1 11 11.0 0 11
Tyler Boyd 1 8 8.0 0 8
Tyler Eifert 1 4 4.0 0 4
Chris Brown 1 -4 -4.0 0 -4

Tampa Bay Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Kwon Alexander 4 1 0 0
Ryan Smith 4 1 0 0
Kendell Beckwith 3 2 1 2
J.J. Wilcox 3 2 0 0
Tavaris Barnes 2 1 0 0
Devante Bond 2 3 0 0
Javien Elliott 2 1 0 0
Jeff Knox 2 0 0 0
Robert McClain 2 3 0 0
Sterling Bailey 1 1 1 6
Riley Bullough 1 0 0 0
Justin Evans 1 4 0 0
William Gholston 1 0 0 0
Isaiah Johnson 1 1 0 0
DaVonte Lambert 1 1 0 0
Clinton McDonald 1 2 0 0
Cody Riggs 1 1 0 0
Noah Spence 1 0 0 0
Keith Tandy 1 0 0 0
Richie Brown 0 1 0 0
Chris Conte 0 2 0 0
Lavonte David 0 1 0 0
Cole Gardner 0 0 0 0
Vernon Hargreaves III 0 0 0 0
Cameron Lynch 0 3 0 0
Jeremy McNichols 0 0 0 0
Eric Nzeocha 0 0 0 0
Josh Robinson 0 0 0 0
Blake Sims 0 0 0 0

Cincinnati Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jordan Evans 5 1 0 0
KeiVarae Russell 5 0 0 0
Demetrious Cox 3 0 0 0
William Jackson 3 0 0 0
Nick Vigil 3 3 0 0
Jordan Willis 2 1 1 7
Bene Benwikere 2 0 0 0
Kevin Minter 2 0 0 0
Hardy Nickerson 2 0 0 0
Vincent Rey 2 1 0 0
Derron Smith 2 0 0 0
Clayton Fejedelem 1 1 0 0
Marquis Flowers 1 0 0 0
Marcus Hardison 1 0 0 0
Clark Harris 1 0 0 0
Josh Shaw 1 1 0 0
Chris Smith 1 2 0 0
Brandon Thompson 1 0 0 0
Josh Tupou 1 0 0 0
Shawn Williams 1 2 0 0
Bryson Albright 0 1 0 0
Geno Atkins 0 2 0 0
Brandon Bell 0 0 0 0
Andrew Billings 0 1 0 0
Vontaze Burfict 0 2 0 0
Tra Carson 0 0 0 0
Cody Core 0 0 0 0
Darqueze Dennard 0 2 0 0
Ryan Glasgow 0 1 0 0
Adam Jones 0 0 0 0
Carl Lawson 0 1 0 0

Tampa Bay Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Vernon Hargreaves III 1 0 0

Cincinnati Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Demetrious Cox 1 37 0

Tampa Bay Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Josh Huff 1 37 37.0 0 37
Bernard Reedy 1 18 18.0 0 18
Ryan Smith 1 17 17.0 0 17

Cincinnati Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Tra Carson 1 21 21.0 0 21

Tampa Bay Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Bernard Reedy 1 22 22.0 0 22

Cincinnati Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Adam Jones 1 2 2.0 0 2
Tyler Boyd 1 1 1.0 0 1
Alex Erickson 1 1 1.0 0 1

Tampa Bay Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Nick Folk 1 1 100.0 45
Roberto Aguayo 1 2 50.0 20

Cincinnati Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Randy Bullock 2 2 100.0 54
Jake Elliott 1 1 100.0 45

Tampa Bay Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Bryan Anger 4 186 57

Cincinnati Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Will Monday 2 104 54