Griese completed 16-of-19 passes for 194 yards in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints. With the victory, the Buccaneers avoided their first 0-5 start in eight years.
With Griese completing seven of his first eight passes for 106 yards, Tampa Bay charged out to a 20-7 lead following a 45-yard touchdown pass to tight-end Ken Dilger, just three minutes into the third quarter.
Simms, named the starter by coach Jon Gruden on Wednesday, injured his left shoulder after being sacked by Saints lineman Will Smith in the final minute of the first quarter.
Tampa Bay's defense held Aaron Brooks to 106 yards on 11-of-23 passing. Brooks threw touchdown passes to tight end Boo Williams and Joe Horn but was intercepted by Brian Kelly in the fourth quarter.
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