Super Bowl champs rest starters, fall to Bengals 19-14

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn (21) gets around Cincinnati Bengals free safety Kavon Frazier (43) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA/AP) — Tom Brady and the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers opened the NFL preseason with a 19-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night.

Chris Evans finished a long drive with a 1-yard touchdown run and kickers Evan McPherson and Austin Seibert combined for four second-half field goals for the Bengals, who played without quarterback Joe Burrow. They also didn’t see much of Brady or the rest of Tampa Bay’s regulars, either.

With Brady and his talented supporting cast sitting after playing just six snaps during the lone series the 44-year-old quarterback worked, veterans Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin and second-round draft pick Kyle Trask ran the offense the remainder of the night.

Burrow, the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner and the first overall selection in last year’s draft who’s coming off major reconstructive knee surgery, did not dress. The Bengals got extended looks at Brandon Allen and Kyle Shurmur at quarterback.

Griffin played into the third quarter for the Bucs, who return all 22 starters from the star-laden roster coach Bruce Arians and general manager Jason Licht assembled around Brady after signing him in free agency last year.

Trask, who the Bucs are grooming as a potential successor to Brady, entered midway through the third quarter. The former Florida star completed 4 of 15 passes for 35 yards and was sacked twice.

SHORT OUTING

With Tropical Depression Fred weakening to a tropical wave but still threatening to bring heavy rain to Florida as it entered the eastern Gulf of Mexico, Brady completed 1 of 2 for 9 yards and was sacked once before departing.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion handed off to Leonard Fournette on the game’s first two plays, then connected with former Bengal and offseason free agent acquisition Giovani Bernard for 9 yards on third-and-8 to extend the opening drive.

Defensive end Joseph Ossai sacked Brady three plays later, though, ending the quarterback’s brief outing. Gabbert worked one series as well, leading a 15-play, 79-yard drive that Ke’Shawn Vaughn finished with a 2-yard touchdown run.

Gabbert finished 6 of 11 for 64 yards. Griffin was 6 of 11 for 47 yards and two interceptions before being replaced by Trask.

INJURIES

Bengals: Ossai left with a wrist injury and did not return. Allen started in place of Burrow, while Billy Price filled in for Trey Hopkins at center, and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was replaced in the starting lineup by Josh Toupo.

Buccaneers: Tampa did not report any injuries. Safety Mike Edwards started for Jordan Whitehead, who along with rookie offensive lineman Robert Hainsey and tight end Cameron Brate were among the players who sat out.

UP NEXT

Bengals: at Washington next Friday.

Buccaneers: home vs. Tennessee next Saturday.


Below you will find live updates on the game from 8 On Your Side’s Gabrielle Shirley:

FINAL SCORE:

19 Cincinnati Bengals | 14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

FOURTH QUARTER:

19-14 Cincinnati Bengals

0:20 – The Bengals kick a field goal.

11:10 – Joseph Jones records a pick and a touchdown and, then, Codey McElroy catches a pass from Trask for the two-point conversion.

16-14 Cincinnati Bengals

THIRD QUARTER: 16-6 Cincinnati Bengals

:08 – The Bengals kick a field goal.

16-6 Cincinnati Bengals

7:09 – Kyle Trask, the Buccaneers rookie quarterback, has entered the game.

7:16 – The Bengals kick a field goal.

13-6 Cincinnati Bengals

7:23 – Nate Brooks prevents a catch that would have been a touchdown for the Bengals.

8:37 – Griffin throws his second interception of the game.

9:23 – The Bengals hit a 40 yard field goal.

10-6 Cincinnati Bengals

SECOND QUARTER: 7-6 Cincinnati Bengals

0:13 – The Bengals score a touchdown on a one-yard run by Chris Evans.

7-6 Cincinnati Bengals

2:32 – Joe Tryon, the rookie, sacks Brandon Allen but he is flagged for unnecessary roughness.

5:28 – Jamel Hagan leaps into the air and, with one hand, he bats the ball into his hands for the interception. Then, he bobbles it and fumbles it. The Bengals recover the football.

12:43 – Ryan Griffin replaces Gabbert at quarterback.

12:43 – K.J. Britt recovers a fumble, the second fumble the Buccaneers defense has forced and had recovered in this game.

FIRST QUARTER: 6-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2:06 – Ke’Shawn Vaughn runs the football into the end zone for a touchdown.

6-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8:20 – Brady played one series and he is done for the day, Blaine Gabbert has jogged onto the field.

8:19 – Lavonte David forces a fumble and he manages to hold onto the football too.

12:12 – Brady is sacked and the Buccaneers are forced to punt the ball.

14:54 – Tom Brady does start the game and, on the first play of the game, he hands the ball to Leonard Fournette.

PREGAME:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have their first game of the preseason at home against the Cincinnati Bengals. According to their head coach, Bruce Arians, every player, including Tom Brady, is expected to play in this game.

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