MATCHUP: Cincinnati Bengals (0-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0)

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida

WHEN: Monday, August 16, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TELEVISION: WMOR (TA32)

TV ANNOUNCERS: Chris Myers and Ron Jaworski

RADIO: WDAE, Flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)

RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gene Deckerhoff and Scot Brantley

BUCCANEERS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Jon Gruden

BUCCANEERS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Monte Kiffin

BUCCANEERS SPECIAL TEAMS COACH: RIchard Bisaccia

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS OFFENSE (2003 rankings):
OVERALL: 10th
RUSHING: 24th
PASSING: 6th

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS DEFENSE (2003 rankings):
OVERALL: 5th
RUSHING: 13th
PASSING: 3rd

BENGALS HEAD COACH: Marvin Lewis

BENGALS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Bob Bratkowski

BENGALS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Leslie Frazier

BENGALS SPECIAL TEAMS COACH: Darrin Simmons

CINCINNATI BENGALS OFFENSE (2003 rankings):
OVERALL: 13th
RUSHING: 13th
PASSING: 12th

CINCINNATI BENGALS DEFENSE (2003 rankings):
OVERALL: 28th
RUSHING: 25th (T)
PASSING: 24th

LAST SEASON: In head coach Marvin Lewis’ first season in Cincinnati, the Bengals finished the 2003 season with an 8-8 record and in second place in the AFC North Division. The Bengals were 3-5 in regular games played on the road.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 7-9 in 2003 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1998. The Bucs were just 3-5 at home in ’03 regular season.

THE LAST TIME THESE TWO TEAMS MET: Tampa Bay and Cincinnati last met in preseason on Aug. 11, 1995. The visiting Bucs won that contest, 31-7.

BUCS-BENGALS SERIES: Tampa Bay is 7-4 all-time in the preseason against the Cincinnati Bengals. That includes a 5-3 record in exhibition games played in Tampa. The Bucs have won their last three preseason meetings against the Bengals.

DID YOU KNOW?: The Bucs are 7-2 in preseason contests played under head coach Jon Gruden? Buccaneers merchandise in the world.

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