MATCHUP: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1) at Houston Texans (1-2)

WHERE: Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas

WHEN: Thursday, September 2, 2004 at 8:00 p.m. ET

TELEVISION: WMOR

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

TEXANS HEAD COACH: Dom Capers

TEXANS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Chris Palmer

TEXANS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Vic Fangio

TEXANS SPECIAL TEAMS COACH: Joe Marciano

HOUSTON TEXANS OFFENSE (2003 rankings):
OVERALL: 31st
RUSHING: 23rd
PASSING: 29th

HOUSTON TEXANS DEFENSE (2003 rankings):
OVERALL: 31st
RUSHING: 31st
PASSING: 31st

LAST SEASON: Houston finished the 2003 regular season with a 5-11 record and in last place in the AFC South Division. The Texans went 3-5 at home last season.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 7-9 in 2003 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1998. The Bucs were 4-4 on the road during the ’03 regular season.

THE LAST TIME THESE TWO TEAMS MET: Tampa Bay and Houston met twice last season, once in the preseason and one time in the regular season. The first game took place in the 2003 preseason finale. That game was played in Tampa Bay and the Bucs beat the Houston Texans, 34-3. These two teams met again on Dec. 14 in Tampa. The Bucs defeated the Texans again, 16-3.

BUCS-TEXANS SERIES: Tampa Bay is 2-0 in the preseason against the Houston Texans, including 1-0 in games played in Houston.

DID YOU KNOW?: The Bucs are 9-3 in preseason contests played under head coach Jon Gruden? Buccaneers merchandise in the world.

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