The sharpest young quarterback on the field was Chris Simms, not Carson Palmer.
Simms, the second-year pro competing with Brian Griese for Tampa Bay's backup job, completed 12 of 15 passes for 110 yards to help the Buccaneers to a 20-6 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Bengals last night.
Palmer, the first pick in the 2003 draft, made his first start since college for the Bengals. The Heisman Trophy winner threw an interception on his team's first possession and left the game after leading his team to a field goal on the other series he worked.
Chris Perry, Cincinnati's first-round pick this year, also got off to a shaky start. The running back fumbled on his first carry, setting up Tampa Bay's first touchdown.
* SEAHAWKS 21, PACKERS 3: Fourth-string quarterback Seneca Wallace led Seattle on two touchdown drives and the Seahawks took advantage of Tim Couch's dismal debut for host Green Bay.
Matt Hasselbeck, who wasn't bothered by much of a pass rush, completed 5 of 9 passes for 56 yards for Seattle before giving way to Wallace, who was 14 of 26 for 135 yards and a score. With reserve quarterbacks Trent Dilfer and Brock Huard out with back spasms, Wallace played most of the game.
Couch finished 2 of 11 for 18 yards, a 1.6-yard average, and was sacked twice. Brett Favre completed 5 of 7 passes for 43 yards in two series for the Packers.
* INJURIES: The NFL told its coaches that they must be more specific in reporting injuries to players, saying the current wording of the policy "invites action that runs counter to our intent."
Under the new guidelines, approved by Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and the league's competition committee, teams must now report the specific part of the body that is injured -- ankle or thigh, for example, instead of leg, as in the past.
Some coaches, including New England's Bill Belichick, have been accused of deliberately fudging injuries, claiming that to disclose what area of the body is hurting would encourage opponents to deliberately go after the sore spot. However, the competition committee, which approved the memo, includes coaches Jeff Fisher of Tennessee and Mike Holmgren of Seattle.
* DOLPHINS: Wide receiver Antonio Freeman agreed to a one-year contract with Miami. The veteran wide receiver worked out for the Dolphins last week, after the club lost wideout David Boston to a season-ending knee injury, but was not immediately signed.
Freeman, 32, had only 14 catches for 141 yards and no touchdowns for Green Bay last season. But he has 477 receptions for 7,251 yards and 61 touchdowns in his nine NFL seasons, eight with the Packers and one with Philadelphia.
* PATRIOTS: New England agreed to a six-year contract with tight end Ben Watson, the 32nd overall draft pick who parted ways with agent Tom Condon in recent days and hired Pat Dye Jr. to represent him. The deal is worth about $6.8 million, including about $4 million in bonus money, and contains another $6.7 million or so in possible incentives. The agreement leaves only two NFL draft selections -- San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers, a first-round pick, and Indianapolis safety Bob Sanders, a second-round pick -- still unsigned.