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):
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS DEFENSE (2003 rankings):
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):
CINCINNATI BENGALS DEFENSE (2003 rankings):
RUSHING: 25th (T)
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.