After a dominant first half, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lead their in-state rival Miami Dolphins 15-7 at half time of Monday Night Football.
The Bucs have been fantastic on both sides of the ball but will feel as though their lead could be much bigger.
They jumped to a 15-0 lead thanks to a 1-yard touchdown pass to tackle Donald Penn, and then tacked on two field goals through Ryan Lindell as well as a Lavonte David safety.
The Dolphins got on the scoreboard late in the second quarter after Ryan Tannehill hit Rishard Matthews for a 6-yard score.
The Bucs defense had the Dolphins offense on lockdown before their late scoring drive. David and Dashon Goldson have five tackles each while Gerald McCoy, Darrelle Revis and Mason Foster all have tackles for losses.
The lead could be bigger though as Lindell’s two field goals have been from 24 and 35 yards respectively. Mike Glennon is seven of 12 for 90 yards and the touchdown pass to Penn, the second of the left tackle’s career. It comes on the night the Bucs put Warren Sapp into their Ring of Honor who was no stranger to catching touchdown passes himself.
Mike James picked up 41 yards on five carries but left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury and is questionable to return. Brian Leonard has been the featured back since and has 32 yards on eight carries.
Tiquan Underwood has 47 receiving yards on just two catches.
While the Bucs will be satisfied to head into half time with the lead, they deserve to be further ahead based on their performance in the first half and have squandered some opportunities to pad their lead.
The Bucs have no held a lead in seven of their nine games this season but still remain winless but they now have 30 minutes to get that elusive first win of the season.
Hall of Famer Warren Sapp will be inducted into the Bucs Ring of Honor during half time.
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