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Live blog: Bucs lead Bengals 25-11 late

10:55 p.m.: Doesn't matter too much, but Bengals drove 80 yards for a touchdown against Bucs reserves, with Tampa's own James Wilder Jr. getting a touchdown and two-point conversion with 2:45 left in the game.

10:30 p.m.: Bucs can't punch it in with four shots inside the 2-yard line -- the last three by rookie Dominique Brown -- but the defense steps up and gets a safety when LB Danny Lansanah makes a tackle in the end zone. It's 25-3 Bucs early in the fourth ...

9:45 p.m.: Bucs are up 23-3 at halftime -- a 37-yard pass-interference flag on Mike Jenkins set up a Bengals field goal to foil the shutout. Bucs have 11 flags for 130 yards in the first half, but otherwise, not much to complain about. Jameis Winston continues to walk around as if his ankle is fine, so might not be a major issue there.

9:20 p.m.: Bucs defense is making it easy for the Bucs, who just had a minus-3-yard scoring drive. Mike Jenkins forced a Bengals fumble, recovered by Bruce Carter, and Pat Murray connected on a 53-yard field goal for a 23-0 lead on the Bengals, still 7:08 left in the first half.

9:15 p.m.: The Bucs are dominating the Bengals -- now a 20-0 lead after a nice Mike Glennon touchdown pass to Russell Shepard for a 22-yard score. Glennon got easy field position after the Bucs' second INT of the half -- this by safety Bradley McDougald, returned 38 yards to the Bengals 12. Jameis Winston looks to be done for the day, and we don't know how serious that right ankle injury is.

9 p.m.: The Bucs defense has played exceptionally well -- Cincinnati had negative yards as they started their fourth drive. Then Alterraun Verner intercepted a deflected Andy Dalton pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bucs a 14-0 lead early in the second.

Penalties have slowed the Bucs down -- eight flags in the first 18 minutes of play, many from the offensive line. Jameis Winston appears to have injured his right ankle on a sack, though he stayed in the game after the injury. Winston is 8-for-13 for 90 yards with his rushing touchdown.

8:15 p.m.: Impressive opening drive for the Bucs, who go 80 yards on eight plays, never getting to third down, with a Jameis Winston 1-yard scramble giving Tampa Bay a 7-0 lead on the Bengals with 10:54 left in the opening quarter Monday night.

Doug Martin had runs of 7, 15 and 30 yards on the drive -- 52 yards on four carries -- and Winston went 3-for-3 passing for 27 yards. Rookie WR Kenny Bell was deep on the opening kickoff ...

Greetings from Raymond James Stadium, where Bucs fans will get their first look in person tonight at rookie quarterback Jameis Winston as Tampa Bay takes on the Bengals on Monday Night Football.

Four rookies will start tonight -- Winston, left tackle Donovan Smith, right guard Ali Marpet and middle linebacker Kwon Alexander. Of those three, only Winston started in the preseason opener.

Several players aren't dressed, as expected -- DEs Jacquies Smith and T.J. Fatinikun, DT Akeem Spence, S Chris Conte, C Josh Allen, LB Orie Lemon and T Kevin Pamphile.

One player unexpectedly out of the lineup tonight is center Evan Smith, who did not dress. That leaves the Bucs dangerously thin at center -- USF's Jeremiah Warren will start, with guard Garrett Gilkey (who struggled in nine snaps last week) as the backup. No other Bucs have taken snaps at center with a full line during practice.

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