MATCHUP: New York Jets (0-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0)
WHERE: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida
WHEN: Friday, August 11, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. ET
VEGASINSIDER.COM SPREAD: Bucs by 3
TELEVISION: NBC (WFLA-TV)
TV ANNOUNCERS: Chris Myers and Ron Jaworski
RADIO: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gene Deckerhoff and Hardy Nickerson
LAST YEAR: The Jets compiled a 4-12 regular season record en route to finishing in last place in the NFC East division. New York went winless (0-8) on the road in the regular season. That outing led to the trade of head coach Herm Edwards to Kansas City and the hiring of new head coach Eric Mangini.
The Bucs produced an 11-5 regular season record en route to winning the NFC South division title and securing a spot in the playoffs.
THE LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET:
Tampa Bay and New York met in October of the 2005 regular season. The hometown Jets sent the visiting Bucs home with a 14-7 loss. The Bucs and Jets lash clashed in the preseason on Aug. 2, 2003 in Tokyo, Japan. The Bucs defeated the Jets, 30-14.
BUCS-JETS SERIES: Tampa Bay and New York have met a total of six times in the preseason, and each team has won three times.
GRUDEN IN THE PRESEASON
Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden has compiled a 12-5 record in the preseason as the Bucs’ head coach.
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