Bucs-Dolphins Preview

August 11 – Are you ready for some football? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take the field for its first game ever under new head coach Jon Gruden when they host the Miami Dolphins on Monday night in both teams' 2002 preseason opener. The battle between these two in-state rivals will be nationally televised on ESPN from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Pewter Report has the Bucs-Dolphins preview.

MATCHUP: Miami Dolphins (0-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0)

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 12 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

TELEVISION: ESPN

RADIO: WQYK, Flagship station (99.5 FM, 1010 AM)

TV PLAY-BY-PLAY: Mike Patrick, Paul Maguire and Joe Theismann

RADIO PLAY-BY-PLAY: Gene Deckerhoff and Scot Brantley

LAST SEASON: The Miami Dolphins finished the 2001 regular season with an 11-5 record and in second place in the AFC East Division. The visiting Baltimore Ravens eliminated the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the playoffs, 20-3.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the 2001 regular season with a 9-7 record and in third place in the NFC Central Division. The hometown Philadelphia Eagles eliminated the Buccaneers in the first round of the playoffs, 31-9.

THE LAST TIME THESE TWO TEAMS MET: The Bucs and Dolphins clashed at Raymond James Stadium nearly a year ago on Aug. 13, 2001. The Bucs were downed by the visiting Dolphins in that preseason matchup, 17-14.

BUCS-DOLPHINS SERIES: Miami is 12-4 against Tampa Bay in preseason games. The Dolphins have won three consecutive preseason games against the Buccaneers. The Dolphins lead the all-time regular season series with the Bucs, 4-3.

BUCS ON PRIME TIME Tampa Bay has posted an 11-13 record in games played in prime time. The Bucs are 10-6 at home and 1-7 on the road. The Buccaneers are 5-4 in games played on Monday night (4-1 at home, 1-3 on the road). Tampa Bay is 2-8 all-time in games played on ESPN.


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