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
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):
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):
HOUSTON TEXANS DEFENSE (2003 rankings):
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.