MATCHUP: New Orleans Saints (5-8) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-8)
WHERE: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida
WHEN: Sunday, December 19, 2004 at 4:05 p.m. ET
TV ANNOUNCERS: Curt Menefee at Tim Green
RADIO: WDAE, Flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gene Deckerhoff and Scot Brantley
LAST WEEK: The New Orleans Saints went on the road and defeated the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday, 27-13. New Orleans’ defense created four turnovers en route to victory. Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks completed 18 of 31 passes for 252 yards and tossed one touchdown and two interceptions. Running back Deuce McAllister rushed 30 times for 83 yards (2.8 avg.) and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth hauled in five passes for 113 yards. The Saints held Cowboys RB Julius Jones to 88 yards rushing.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went on the road and lost to the San Diego Chargers last Sunday, 31-24. The Bucs produced 436 yards of total offense and quarterback Brian Griese completed 72 percent of his 50 pass attempts, but 12 penalties for 111 yards and three interceptions, two of which were picked off by Chargers linebacker Donnie Edwards, cost the Bucs in the end. Bucs rookie WR Michael Clayton hauled in nine passes for 145 yards and one touchdown. Joey Galloway scored two touchdowns. The Bucs were held to 63 yards of rushing. Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson carried the ball 25 times for 131 yards (5.2 avg.) and scored a touchdown. Chargers WR Eric Parker caught six passes for 118 yards and scored a touchdown.
THE LAST TIME THESE TWO TEAMS MET: October 10, 2004: Tampa Bay and New Orleans clashed in the Louisiana Superdome. The Bucs escaped with a 20-17 win over the Saints.
BUCS-SAINTS SERIES: The Buccaneers are 9-16 all-time in the regular season against the Saints, including 3-6 in games played in Tampa.
TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE: The Glazer Family Foundation will team up with CVS Pharamacy and the Marine Corps Reserve for the 28th annual Toys for Tots drive. Representatives and the Marines will collect new, unwrapped toys as fans enter Raymond James Stadium to watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the New Orleans Saints. The toys will be distributed to less fortunate children in the Tampa Bay community. Fans may drop of toy donations beginning at 2 p.m. when gates open.
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