MATCHUP: Seattle Seahawks (1-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1)
WHERE: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida
WHEN: Sunday, September 19, 2004 at 4:05 p.m. ET
TV ANNOUNCERS: Curt Menefee and Tim Green
RADIO: WDAE, Flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gene Deckerhoff and Scot Brantley
LAST SEASON: The Seattle Seahawks escaped New Orleans with a convincing 21-7 win over the hometown Saints last Sunday. Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completed 19 of 29 passes for 246 yards and threw one touchdown and one interception. New Orleans simply couldn’t contain Seattle tailback Shaun Alexander, who rushed 28 times for 135 yards and scored all three of the team’s touchdowns. Seattle’s defense held New Orleans to 281 yards of total offense and held RB Deuce McAllister to 57 yards rushing on 16 carries, but allowed Saints wide receiver Joe Horn to catch six passes for 110 yards.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers produced just 169 net yards of offense en route to losing their regular season opener to the Washington Redskins, 16-10. The hometown Redskins only allowed the Bucs to complete 3 of 13 (23 percent) of their third down attempts while recording four sacks and one interception. Tampa Bay’s defense allowed Washington to rush for 166 yards on 40 carries, including RB Clinton Portis’ 64-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The Bucs’ only touchdown of the game came in the third quarter when cornerback Ronde Barber recovered a fumble and returned it nine yards to the end zone for the score.
THE LAST TIME THESE TWO TEAMS MET: November 28, 1999:
Tampa Bay visited Seattle and escaped with a 16-3 win over the hometown Seahawks. The Bucs went on to play in the NFC Championship Game that year.
BUCS-SEAHAWKS: Tampa Bay is 1-4 all-time in the regular season against the Seattle Seahawks, including 0-2 in games played in Tampa. The Seahawks last visited the Bucs in 1996. Tampa Bay lost that contest to Seattle, 17-13.
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