TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The race for Tampa Bay's starting quarterback job may finally have a clear-cut winner.
Given roughly the same amount of playing time to make their final cases during a 10-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Byron Leftwich outperformed Luke McCown to likely create the separation Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris sought to make a decision.
Chad Pennington led a drive that produced a field goal just before halftime, then led a long touchdown drive in the third quarter for the Dolphins (3-0). Mike Nugent kicked two field goals for Tampa Bay (1-2) on drives led by Leftwich.
Leftwich completed 9 of 17 passes for 100 yards in just over a quarter, working four possessions. He overthrew some open receivers
in the rain, but was impressive on third down with throws of 21, 21 and 18 yards to Maurice Stovall to extend drives.