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Buccaneers dominating Bengals on Monday Night Football

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are beating the Cincinnati Bengals 23-3 at halftime. That's a pretty lopsided score, and it reflects what happened on the field. The Bucs offense ran and passed all over the Bengals defense early in the game, and the Bengals offense then added three turnovers to make it easy for Tampa Bay to rack up some points. Even when the Bengals defense started to play well, they couldn't do more than get some sacks -- no turnovers on the BUcs' side, which is a nice change of pace from the past year.

Jameis Winston looked good in his one-and-a-half quarter of play before he was pulled because of what appeared to be a minor ankle sprain. The offensive line started out strong, but struggled to protect Winston when the Bengals started blitzing and stunting. But overall, the Bucs looked very good on both sides of the ball, even managing three sacks despite not getting any pass rush going last week -- or last year, for that matter.

This is the best the Bucs have looked in a long, long time. In fact, I can't remember the last time this team looked this good. Yes, it's preseason -- but it's encouraging nonetheless.