Saturday, December 16, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs' Adam Humphries makes big play in return from concussion

ARLINGTON, Texas — Bucs WR Adam Humphries, returning after missing the previous game with a concussion, came up with the biggest catch of his two-year career, making a juggling catch for a 42-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the second half Sunday night.

Humphries made the catch after Cowboys S Jeff Heath made a diving attempt at the ball, reeling it in for just his third career touchdown and matching his longest catch. It was also the Bucs' longest offensive play in five games, going back to Freddie Martino's 43-yard touchdown against the Bears.

HISTORY: The announced attendance for Sunday's game at AT&T Stadium was 93,101, the largest crowd ever to see the Bucs play in their 41-year history.

The only other time the Bucs played to more than 90,000 was in 2004, when they played to an announced 90,098 at FedEx Field in a 16-10 loss to Washington.

The Bucs have played to 85,000 fans in only one other game, their 2009 game at FedEx Field.

LEADING THE LEAGUE: Bucs TE Cameron Brate caught a go-ahead touchdown from Jameis Winston late in the third quarter to put the Bucs up 20-17, giving him seven touchdowns this season, most among NFL tight ends. Brate, who led the Bucs with five catches for 73 yards, also pulled within a touchdown of tying Jimmie Giles' Bucs single-season record, set in 1985.

LITTLE HELP: Cowboys K Dan Bailey had missed three field-goal attempts all season before Sunday's game but missed two long ones in the first half, from 56 and 52 yards. He had been 3-for-4 on field goals 50 yards and longer this season.

As a result, the Cowboys led only 17-6 at the half, and the Bucs were able to take the lead with touchdowns on their first two drives of the second half.

Bailey went 4-for-6 on the night, including the Cowboys' last nine points in rallying from a 20-17 deficit early in the fourth quarter.

SEASON HIGH: Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott, the NFL's leading rusher entering the game, got a 42-yard run in the fourth quarter to put him at 126 yards and finished with 159, most against the Bucs this season. The high had been Chicago's Jordan Howard, who had 100 in a loss to the Bucs.

THIS AND THAT: The Bucs stuck with Keith Tandy as their starting safety despite former starter Chris Conte coming back after missing two games with a chest injury. … Dallas' sack and forced fumble to set up a touchdown in the second quarter came from former USF D Terrell McClain. … The Bucs played without RT Demar Dotson for a second straight game due to a concussion, with veteran Gosder Cherilus filling in. A struggling Cherilus was replaced by undrafted rookie Leonard Wester late in the game. … Bucs DE Will Gholston left the game in the fourth quarter with an elbow injury and did not return. His arm was in a sling after the game.

Contact Greg Auman at [email protected] and (813) 310-2690. Follow @gregauman.

Comments
Nobody has Jameis Winston’s back more than Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator Todd Monken insists

Nobody has Jameis Winston’s back more than Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator Todd Monken insists

Nobody is a bigger supporter of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston than head coach Dirk Koetter.That was the passionate message that offensive coordinator/receivers coach Todd Monken unloaded at his news conference Friday, saying that reports that Winst...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Bucs journal: Adarius Glanton’s experience could come in handy for ailing LB corps

Bucs journal: Adarius Glanton’s experience could come in handy for ailing LB corps

TAMPA — The Bucs’ linebacker depth was tested during the first five weeks of the season, when Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander missed a combined six games with injuries.And now, as David is again sidelined by a hamstring injury, the experience gained...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Cannon Fodder podcast: Let’s revisit Monday night games in Bucs’ past

Cannon Fodder podcast: Let’s revisit Monday night games in Bucs’ past

Times Bucs writer Greg Auman has injury updates on Lavonte David and Gerald McCoy and a nostalgic trip through the Bucs’ history on Monday night, including the current three-game win streak and yes, that infamous 2003 Colts game where the Bucs were u...
Published: 12/15/17
Why the Bucs need a Dungy more than a Gruden

Why the Bucs need a Dungy more than a Gruden

TAMPA — The worst week of Dirk Koetter’s life rolls on.It’s Gruden Week, just like Shark Week, only with smaller teeth and a bigger playbook. It’s the big build-up to Gruden’s induction into the Buc Ring of Honor this Monday night, with the accompany...
Published: 12/15/17
Rick and Tom podcast: Is Dirk Koetter fighting for his job?

Rick and Tom podcast: Is Dirk Koetter fighting for his job?

In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones discuss whether Dirk Koetter is fighting for his job the final three weeks of season. Is there a rift between him and Jameis Winston? Has Winston shown enough progress this year? And who are the Glaz...
Published: 12/15/17
Bucs’ Lavonte David misses practice with hamstring injury

Bucs’ Lavonte David misses practice with hamstring injury

TAMPA — The Bucs knew they might be playing without DT Gerald McCoy, who suffered a biceps injury early in Sunday’s loss to the Lions. But now they face the prospect of playing Monday against Atlanta without another of their defensive leaders, as LB ...
Published: 12/14/17
USF’s Nigel Harris eager for chance with hometown Bucs

USF’s Nigel Harris eager for chance with hometown Bucs

When Nigel Harris chose where to play college football, he wanted to stay home in Tampa at USF. And now, after playing for the Chargers and Giants as an NFL rookie, he's grateful for the chance to again prove himself in Tampa as the newest member of ...
Published: 12/14/17
NFL Week 15: Tampa Bay Times staff picks

NFL Week 15: Tampa Bay Times staff picks

Week 15 starts and ends with disappointment — a Thursday night meeting of two of the more disappointing teams (Denver at Indianapolis) and a Monday night game that once had held high hopes locally (Atlanta at Tampa Bay). Once.Here's our picks f...
Published: 12/14/17
Measuring Jameis Winston’s progress, and Dirk Koetter’s job security

Measuring Jameis Winston’s progress, and Dirk Koetter’s job security

TAMPA — It is one of the most honest moments of the season, captured in the first Hard Knocks episode. Jameis Winston is having a frank conversation with coach Dirk Koetter, seated behind his desk in his office at One Buc Place."I just want to have a...
Published: 12/14/17
Jones: If you were Jon Gruden, what would you do?

Jones: If you were Jon Gruden, what would you do?

What would you do?If you were Jon Gruden, what would you do?Well, you could go to Hooter’s and order a pitcher of beer and dozen wings. Then, Monday, you could go be inducted into the Bucs’ Ring of Honor.I’m talking about after that.Would you stay i...
Published: 12/14/17