Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dungy on Detroit Loss

The Buccaneers dropped their third consecutive divisional game on the road last night, losing 20-3 at Detroit. The lone score came via a Martin Gramatica 49-yard field goal.

"We didnt play as well as we needed to play to win in a place like Detroit, Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy said. "Detroit played well and they deserved to beat us last night. Were one game from the halfway point and we certainly have to start playing better and get a solid effort down in New Orleans."


Eric Zeier responded well in his debut as the Buccaneersstarting quarterback, completing 29-of-45 passes for 256 yards. Zeiers 29 completions established a career-high, breaking his personal-best mark of 28 set in the 1997 while with the Baltimore Ravens.

"I though Eric did okay for the first time having to play in five or six weeks," Dungy said. "Eric had to play in a tough place and some errors that I`m sure he would like to have back." But overall, I think he did fine."


The Buccaneers took WR Jacquez Green (right ankle sprain) and G Jorge Diaz (right shoulder sprain) off their injury report, but added S Eric Vance (right foot sprain) and DT Anthony McFarland (right ankle sprain). Both Vance and McFarland are listed as probable. Five other Buccaneer players, including CB Donnie Abraham (neck strain), S John Lynch (right thigh contusion), WR Reidel Anthony (right thumb sprain), DE Steve White (left ankle sprain) and DT Warren Sapp (left hand fracture) are listed as probable.

WR Karl Williams (right foot sprain) and RT Jason Odom (low back strain) will not play against Detroit. Jerry Wunsch will make his fourth consecutive start in place of Odom. WR Bert Emanuel (right hamstring strain) is listed as questionable.

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