Tampa Bay rolls to 134 yards in first quarter

MIAMI -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are racking up impressive totals in yards and miles this preseason.

Brad Johnson and Shaun King took turns directing an offense that gained 134 yards in the opening quarter against Miami's first-team defense Friday night to help the Bucs win 20-19.

The fast start came even though the defending Super Bowl champions had just two full days of work in Tampa after opening the preseason with a win in Tokyo over the New York Jets.

"To win two games on two continents in six days is something that we're going to be proud of," coach Jon Gruden said.

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.

"That Tokyo trip was kind of rough on everyone," Johnson said. "For us to bounce back as fast as we did and make another road trip down here to Miami -- it does say something about this team."

Third-string quarterback Sage Rosenfels drove Miami 80 yards for a touchdown with 23 seconds left, but his 2-point conversion pass was incomplete.

The game was the preseason opener for the Dolphins.

Brian Griese started in his Dolphins debut and went 6-for-8 for 45 yards, with both incompletions coming when Chris Chambers dropped the ball. Griese was sacked by Shelton Quarles and Dewayne White.

The Dolphins' first-team offense was shut out until its fourth and final possession, when Griese moved 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 have a precautionary MRI exam 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.

Bucs reserve cornerback Torrie Cox sprained his left knee in the fourth quarter. Reserve running back Earnest Graham strained his left shoulder.

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.

One bright spot for Miami's first-team defense was Zach Thomas, who had seven tackles, all in the first quarter.

"We didn't get a rhythm," Thomas said. "We didn't get in sync. It's going to take some time. But that's a good team over there."


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