Warren Sapp refers to opposing quarterbacks as the "hunted" and the rookies as "fresh meat." Today, it was Cade McNown's turn to run from the NFL sack leader, who led a solid defensive effort that gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Bears.
Martin Gramatica kicked two first-half field goals for Tampa Bay (3-3), and the Bucs kept the Bears off the scoreboard until an ineffective McNown was benched.
It was the fewest points the Bucs have scored in a victory since a 3-0 win over Kansas City in the 1979 regular season finale.
"I'd like to have a 38-0 blowout so I don't have to run around at the end of the game. But I'll take it," Sapp said. "I'd rather be talking about an ugly win than an ugly loss."
Jim Miller hit Bobby Engram on a 50-yard pass to set up a field goal for Chicago with 2 minutes 24 seconds to go. The Bears made one first down on their final possession before Derrick Brooks's second interception allowed Tampa Bay to run out the clock.
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bucs, who started the day ranked second in the NFL in total defense.
All three of Tampa Bay's wins have come against inexperienced quarterbacks. Sapp and his teammates sacked Doug Pederson and Donovan McNabb nine times in a victory over Philadelphia and held Brian Griese to 132 yards passing in a win against Denver.
McNown, making his second pro start in place of the injured Shane Matthews, completed 9 of 23 passes for 82 yards and was sacked twice--once by Sapp.
The sack was the seventh for the two-time Pro Bowl tackle, equaling his total last season. He shrugged off questions about his team's low-scoring offense.
"They gave us enough points to win the game," Sapp said, "and that's all that counts."