Thursday, October 20, 2005

Madden 06 Franchise: Year 1 - Week 1

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers opened the season with a 41-35 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Madden 06 franchise action. The host Vikings jumped out to an early 14-0 lead before Tampa recovered to take a commanding 38-14 lead going into the half. Some poor tackiling and long scores allowed Minnesota to crawl back into the game in the second half, but the Buc defense held strong on the las Minnesota offensive series with 2 sacks before picking D. Culpepper off to seal the victory. Offensive leaders were B. Griese going 14 for 17 with 252 yards and 4 TD's; C. Williams had 26 rushes fro 66 yards, 1 TD, and 1 catch for 24 yards; J. Galloway had 4 receptions for 78 yards; M. Alstott and I. Hilliard each added 2 receiving TD's. Defensive leaders were B. Kelly with 4 tackles and 2 interceptions; and A. McFarland with 3 sacks. Next up for Tampa is the home opener against the Buffalo Bills. The new NFC South standings look like this: New Orleans 1-0 Tampa Bay 1-0 Atlanta 0-1 Carolina 0-1

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