Buc Mag Bucs MVP: CB Ronde Barber

December 2 - Bucs CB Ronde Barber blocked a Bengals punt in the second quarter, which produced the only Tampa Bay touchdown of the game on Sunday. For his efforts, Barber earns this week's Buccaneer Magazine Pewter Player of the Game.

After coming close to blocking a field goal last Monday night against the St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber got the job done against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Buccaneers' 16-13 overtime road win. For his performance, which set up Tampa Bay's only touchdown of the game, Barber earns this week's Buccaneer Magazine Pewter Player of the Game.

With 9:25 left in the second quarter, Bengals rookie punter Nick Harris lined up to punt at his own 29. Barber, who was locked up in single coverage against Kevin Kaesviharn, the Bengals' gunner. Harris looked concerned when Barber started to creep down towards the middle of the field to get in position to make a run at blocking the punt. At the snap of the ball, Barber came untouched from Harris' right side and snuffed the ball just after it made contact with the punter's foot.

Backup tight end Todd Yoder recovered the ball and raced 10 yards for a touchdown while Al Singleton turned to throw a key block. This play gave the Bucs a 7-3 lead and their only touchdown of the day.

Barber also forced a fumble, stripping RB Corey Dillon, and came up with nine tackles against Cincinnati.


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