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Halftime Report: Buccaneers vs. Bengals

Posted Aug 11, 2017

Quickly recapping the first half of the Buccaneers' preseason matchup with the Bengals.

The Buccaneers’ first preseason game is off to a smooth start as the team leads the Bengals, 9-6, at halftime in Cincinnati.

The Buccaneers’ starters played two drives and put three points on the board when Roberto Aguayo nailed a 20-yard field goal on Tampa Bays’ opening drive. The Bucs won the toss and elected to receive, but started at their own six-yard line because of a penalty. Jameis Winston helped orchestrate a 14-play, 92-yard drive to get the Buccaneers within striking distance.

Winston finished the day completing nine of 13 passes for 99 yards, with Mike Evans catching four of those passes. Evans was targeted seven times in the first half and leads the team with 58 receiving yards.

The Bengals tied the game in the second quarter when Randy Bullock kicked a 54-yard field goal. Cincinnati was deep in Buccaneer territory earlier in the second, but an impressive interception from Vernon Hargreaves turned the ball over at the one-yard line.

Tampa Bay re-took the lead at the end of the second quarter when Ryan Fitzpatrick scored on a six-yard touchdown run. Fitzpatrick is two-for-four passing for 14 yards. The point after attempt by Roberto Aguayo was no good. Another field goal by Bullock with a minute left in the half cut the Buccaneers' lead to three points.

Kwon Alexander leads the Buccaneers in tackles with five, following by Ryan Smith, who has three. Brent Grimes was inactive, so Smith started in his place.