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Buccaneers have had some memorable Monday night games

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(As the Buccaneers get set to host the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night, our resident Bucs historian, Paul Stewart of in London, has a few of what he believes are the top team moments on Monday night. As always, click the score for more, including photos and video of each game.)

This will be the 21st time the Bucs have appeared on the iconic show dating back to their debut in Soldier Field in 1980. They have also played in other incarnations of the show on Thursday and Saturday night editions but purely on Moinday nights, they own an 11-9 all-time record. Their last appearance was a win over the Carolina Panthers in October 2016.

Monday 12 December 1983 at Tampa Stadium
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 Green Bay Packers 12

After three playoff appearances in four years, the Bucs were seen as a good bet for a late season Monday night appearance but the departure of Doug Williams and a crippling injury list saw them enter this Week 15 clash at 2-12.

The game was a microcosm of the 1983 season with numerous missed chances as kicker Bill Capece missed a short field goal and then an extra point after Adger Armstrong’s touchdown run with 7:33 remaining. The Packers were able to tie the score on Jan Stenerud’s late field goal and then won it on another one in overtime. Bucs’ coach John McKay was succinct with his assessment of his kicker after the game – “Capece is kaput” he famously commented.

The game was also memorable for being Howard Cosell’s final appearance in the Monday Night booth as the mercurial presenter saw his long association with the show end after a series of personality clashes.


Monday 18 December 2000 at Raymond James Stadium
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38 St.Louis Rams 35

After the epic defensive battle in the NFC Championship game in 1999 that the Rams took 11-6 on Ricky Proehl’s touchdown reception, ABC naturally wanted a re-match and the two teams went at it again just before Christmas the following year. What they got was one of the greatest offensive shoot-outs in league history.

The Bucs’ Warrick Dunn had over 100 yards on the ground, the Rams’ Torry Holt had 165 yards through the air and touchdowns and big plays were evident throughout. None bigger perhaps than Shaun King’s 29-yard run that came from a lateral from Dunn when it looked as if the Bucs were destined for a big loss. The gain set up Dunn’s winning touchdown with 48 seconds remaining. John Lynch then picked off Warner to seal the victory.

“We went to their place last year and played our game and they won it,” Bucs coach Tony Dungy said. “They came to our place and we got into their style of game and we won it. I guess it’s only fitting.”


Monday 6 October 2003 at Raymond James Stadium
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35 Indianapolis Colts 38

Coming off their Super Bowl victory, the Bucs were given three Monday night games as a result of their popularity, a series that began with their season-opening victory in Philadelphia that opened Lincoln Financial Field. But their Week 4 game with the Indianapolis Colts would signal the beginning of the Super Bowl hangover for Jon Gruden’s team.

The Colts arrived in Tampa with a familiar face coaching them, Tony Dungy swopping his pewter colours for the white and blue. When he found his team 35-14 down with six minutes left after another Ronde Barber interception return touchdown, he turned to the one weapon he never had in Tampa, a game-winning quarterback.

Peyton Manning led three late drives and the Colts tied the scores on Ricky Williams’ touchdown run with 1:37 remaining. In overtime, he moved the Colts into position for Mike Vanderjagt’s fieldgoal which sailed wide right. But the Bucs’ Simeon Rice was called for a rare leaping penalty and the Indianapolis kicker made no mistake second time round to send the Bucs to a defeat which would haunt them for the rest of the year.

“The call was leaping” said referee Johnny Grier, who said umpire Ed Coukart made the call. “Leaping is when a player starting more than one yard off the line of scrimmage moving forward and jumping up and landing on a player.”


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Final injury updates for Bucs and Jaguars Sunday games

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

As the Buccaneers get set to head to New York to play the Giants and the Jaguars are preparing to host the Steelers Sunday, it’s time to take a look at the injuries in those two games. (Reminder the Dolphins have their bye week for this weekend.)

Here’s a look at the latest:

For the Bucs, there Friday injury report has defensive names littered all over it and the news is not good for some of them.

After we were told by a source that Lavonte David was going to try to play Sunday, he apparently was overruled by the training staff and head coach Dirk Koetter, etc, and the Pro Bowl linebacker will be inactive with his sprained knee. Likewise, Vinny Curry will miss another game at defensive end, his fourth in the last five with a sprained ankle.

It’s the same situation with second year safety Justin Evans, who will miss the game with an injured toe suffered in the game with Washington last week. Defensive end Carl Nassib, who’s been a pleasant find off the waiver wire at the beginning of the season,  is questionable with a left elbow injury suffered agains the Redskins, although he was able to practice on Friday.

The Bucs also list their receiver Chris Godwin as questionable with an ankle injury, and another important injury is starting center Ryan Jensen, who’s questionable with a hamstring injury. If Jensen is unable to play Sunday, then Ali Marpet, starting at left guard this year, but who played center a lot of 2017, would likely take his place.

The Buccaneers opponents, the Giants, had four players on their injury list this week, but all of them are now slated to play in the game on Sunday.

For the Jaguars match-up, they have two significant injuries to update, starting linebacker Telvin Smith was able to practice this week with his shoulder injury and is listed as questionable, but expected to play against Pittsburgh. There is concern for defensive tackle Marcell Dareus with a triceps injury and he is also listed as questionable. Dareus will likely be a game time decision.

Defensive back A.J. Bouye has been bothered by a calf injury, but he is also expected to play after being able to practice Thursday and Friday and listed as questionable. Coach Doug Marrone also announced that tackle Erik Flowers, who left last week’s game with tendonitis in his knee will start on the makeshift Jaguars line.

As we wrote earlier in the week, Jacksonville placed Center Brandon Linder on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered in last week’s lost Indianapolis.

The Steelers have no significant injuries, despite Ben Roethlisberger and James Conner both being on the injured list,. They will both be playing on Sunday. Connor was a much bigger concern having been in concussion protocol earlier after suffering one in the win last Thursday night over Carolina.

However, he cleared the protocol and was able to fully practice this week.

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Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul ready to go get Eli Manning Sunday

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It’s one of those juicy subplots that we see all the time now in professional sports. A player gets to go against his old team and show them that maybe they made a mistake and letting him go. In this case on Sunday, Bucs defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will battle against his old team, the New York Giants. And that means, against a lot of former teammates.

One in specific, quarterback Eli Manning, maybe less than thrilled.

JPP has been one of the most dominant edge rushers in the NFL over the last decade, nevertheless, the Giants elected to trade into the Buccaneers back in March.

So when the organization that you won the Superbowl with in 2011 has decided to move on without you, there’s naturally going to be some questions from the media about you playing against them for the first time. And, you going against their borderline Hall of Fame signal-caller, Manning.

Such was the case Wednesday in the Buccaneers locker room prior to practice:

Pierre-Paul has already energized the Bucs pass rush and has eight sacks in the first nine games. This includes a streak of five consecutive games with a sack earlier this season. That is the first time since Simeon rice in 2002 that a Buccaneer had five straight games with a sack in a single season.

And coming into Sunday at The Meadowlands he has 66 1/2 of them in his career and would love nothing better than to take down the leader of the G-Men.

And while the Giants did look better on offense in their Monday night comeback win over the 49ers, it has clearly been a struggle for them to pass protect, specifically, throughout the early part of this season.

Pierre-Paul has to have been salivating watching their offensive line whiff and get run over in game after game.

Further, Buccaneer defenders like pro bowlers Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David, plus players like Will gholston Brent Grimes and young safety Justin Evans went against Manning in a Tampa Bay’s win last September against the Giants.

A game that the Buccaneers squeaked out 25-23. A game where is Eli Manning threw it 49 times and wasn’t sacked once by the Buccaneers front seven. That’s a pass rush that was last in the NFL in sacks a year ago.

However, that was 2017. And, circling back to Pierre-Paul, he hopes to change that starting Sunday.

And, while it will be weird for him to dress in the visiting dressing room at MetLife Stadium and stand on the visiting near sidelines, he’s ready to put all of that aside, try to help the Bucs climb off the canvas and get a win in the Big Apple.

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What is status of Bucs LB LaVonte David’s injured knee?

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It’s been a rough enough last seven games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, now comes word that another prominent defender may miss this week’s match-up with the Giants. A report Tuesday afternoon said that linebacker Lavonte David has been diagnosed with a knee sprain and his status is in doubt. That may not be the case, though. More on that in a moment.

First, Jenna Laine, the ESPN reporter for the Bucs, reported Tuesday afternoon about David’s injury from Sunday:

David was injured in the third quarter of Sunday’s lost to the Redskins, while making a tackle. He was examined underneath the “mysterious blue tent” and was initially diagnosed as being questionable to return to the game. He did return and played in the fourth quarter of the 16-3 loss to Washington.

And, a source with knowledge of David situation told F.F.I. on Monday that David had been examined, and it was not believed to be a serious injury. Further, the source told us that David would wear a knee brace this week in practice and be able to play in the game on Sunday.

The seven year veteran and two-time Pro Bowler is one of the key players on the Buccaneers defense and currently has 71 tackles with nine of them for losses. And he’s being counted on more heavily after Pro Bowl middle linebacker Kwon Alexander tore his ACL in an October game with Cleveland and will miss the rest of the season.

The Bucs have also seen starters in the defensive backfield Vernon Hargreaves and Chris Conte already placed on injured reserve back in September. Also Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy missed two games with a calf strain and has not looked a hundred percent in the last two games with Carolina and Washington since coming back from the injury.

If David is unable to play or is limited on Sunday, the Bucs will count more heavily on reserve linebacker Devante Bond. Bond has seen more playing time after Alexander’s injury and will be asked to increase his responsibilities in the middle of the Buccaneers defense, as well.

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