Tampa Bay Wins Second Straight

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers improved to 2-and-1 with a 24-3 drubbing of the winless St. Louis Rams.

Seldom-used running back Earnest Graham entered the game in the fourth quarter and scored on runs of 8 and 28 yards. Carnell "Cadillac" Williams rushed for a 7-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and Matt Bryant kicked a short field goal in a brief but intense rainstorm to give the Bucs a 3-0 lead at the half.

St. Louis drops to 0-and-3 despite finally getting Steven Jackson involved in an offense that's suddenly found it difficult to score points. The fourth-year running back had 115 yards on 30 carries and caught four passes for 18 yards.

The Bucs defense followed up a strong performance in a lopsided victory over New Orleans with an even more impressive outing, limiting Marc Bulger to 116 yards passing and holding Pro Bowl receiver Torry Holt to less than 100 yards receiving for the first time in five meetings between the teams. And hard-hitting safety Jermaine Phillips and reserve cornerback Phillip Buchanon contributed an interception each.

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