Brad Johnson and Shaun King took turns directing an offense that totaled 134 yards in the opening quarter against Miami's first-team defense and helped the Buccaneers to a 20-19 exhibition victory Friday night.
|Joe Jurevicius (right) is congratulated by Jameel Cook after scoring the Bucs' second touchdown.(AP)|
Johnson directed a 45-yard touchdown drive following a turnover, and King, the backup, led a 14-play, 74-yard touchdown march. Michael Pittman scored for Tampa Bay on a 6-yard run, and Joe Jurevicius caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from King.
"We're like a different offense compared to this time last year," Pittman said. "It's a good time for us."
The defending Super Bowl champions improved to 2-0. They won their exhibition opener against the New York Jets in Tokyo last Saturday.
"To win two games on two continents in six days is something that we're going to be proud of," coach Jon Gruden said.
The game was the preseason opener for Miami.
The Dolphins' first-team offense was shut out until their fourth and final possession, when Griese moved them 57 yards against Tampa Bay's second-team defense. Chambers dropped a third-down pass, and Olindo Mare kicked a 27-yard field goal.
Griese started in place of Jay Fiedler, who sat out after missing two days of practice this week with back spasms.
"I would have liked to get in the end zone," said Griese, who signed with Miami two months ago after five seasons in Denver. "I have a long way to go still, but I feel pretty good about my progress."
Fiedler will undergo a precautionary MRI on Saturday, but he's expected to play Friday at Jacksonville, coach Dave Wannstedt said.
Johnson was 3-for-6 for 41 yards, and King was 8-for-12 for 72 yards.
"We had outstanding execution against an outstanding team on the road," Gruden said. "That's as difficult a defense as there is in this league."
Wannstedt shrugged off his team's showing, saying the Dolphins stayed with their base defense for the most part.
"Our defense was real vanilla tonight," he said. "We just wanted to get some work."
The Dolphins lost four players to injuries in the first half. Linebacker Eddie Moore, Miami's top draft pick, hurt his left foot. Fullback Rob Konrad (right hand), backup tight end Ed Perry (left knee) and reserve receiver Sam Simmons (neck) were also hurt.
All will undergo MRIs on Saturday, Wannstedt said.
Bucs reserve cornerback Torrie Cox sprained his left knee in the fourth quarter.
Tampa Bay's Dwight Smith set up the first score when he recovered a fumble by Randy McMichael at the Dolphins' 45. Pittman beat Junior Seau for a 28-yard reception, the longest gain of the night. Mike Alstott converted a fourth-and-1 with a 2-yard run, and Pittman scored on the next play.
King converted three third downs on the Bucs' next possession, hitting Jurevicius on third-and-5 for the score to make it 13-0.
"It's a blast to be out there every day," Simms said. "You expect it to be harder and everything because it's the NFL, but at the same time it's just been so fun, and a great experience so far."
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