TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mike Glennon threw a touchdown pass, Lavonte David recorded a safety, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a 15-7 halftime lead over the Miami Dolphins on Monday night.
The Buccaneers took the opening kick and put together an impressive nine-play, 76-yard drive for a 7-0 lead that ended when Glennon threw a 1-yard TD pass to tackle Donald Penn, who lined up as an eligible receiver.
Tampa Bay, looking for its first win this season, went ahead 10-0 when Rian Lindell made a 24-yard field goal on its second first-quarter possession.
Miami running back Daniel Thomas was tackled in the end zone by David for a safety and Lindell added a 35-yard field goal to extend the Tampa Bay advantage to 15-0 early into the second quarter.
The Buccaneers were poised to add on to their lead when Eric Page returned a punt 52 yards later in the second to the Miami 40, but the Dolphins' defense stiffened and forced a Tampa Bay punt.
Miami cut its deficit to 15-7 with 28 seconds left in the first half when Ryan Tannehill completed a nine-play, 90-yard drive with a touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews.
The Dolphins have been the talk of the NFL, with the league investigating accusations that second-year pro Jonathan Martin left the team because he was being harassed or bullied by fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito, and perhaps by other players.
Buccaneers running back Mike James hurt his ankle during the game-opening drive and was taken off the field on a cart. The team announced that James was out for the rest of the game.
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