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Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Site: Jacksonville Municipal Stadium (67,164)
2007 Preseason Records: Tampa Bay 1-0, Jacksonville 0-1
Buccaneers Television: WFLA-TV
Play-By-Play: Chris Myers; Color: Charles Davis,
Sideline: JP Peterson and Doug Graber
Bucs Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Play-by-Play: Gene Deckerhoff; Color: Dave Moore; Sideline: T.J. Rives
Up Next: Tampa Bay at Miami (Aug. 25), Jacksonville at Green Bay (Aug. 23)
Last Game: Tampa Bay d. New England, 13-10; Miami d. Jacksonville, 18-17
LAST GAME RECAP
Tampa Bay 13, New England 10 (Aug. 10)
TAMPA — For the sixth consecutive season, the Buccaneers opened their preseason schedule with a victory as K Matt Bryant connected on a 32-yard game-winning field goal as time expired. Buccaneers rookie RB Kenneth Darby led all rushers with 84 yards on 15 carries and QB Luke McCown completed all seven pass attempts for 68 yards and one touchdown for a 146.7 rating.
After a scoreless first quarter, New England got on the board with a two-yard touchdown run by RB Sammy Morris for a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter. Tampa Bay responded on its next possession as Bryant nailed a 36-yard field goal to make the score 7-3. Following New England's next possession, the Buccaneers took the lead with 31 seconds remaining in the first half as McCown found WR Paris Warren on an 11-yard touchdown pass. New England tied the game at 10-10 early in the fourth quarter on a K Stephen Gostkowski 23-yard field goal. The Buccaneers took possession with 5:58 remaining in the contest and drove 43 yards in 11 plays to set up Bryant's game-winner.
ALL-TIME SERIES The Buccaneers will travel to Jacksonville for their first road game of the preseason. The game marks the sixth consecutive preseason meeting between the two teams. Tampa Bay prevailed in the first two preseason meetings, 20-0 in 2002 and 10-6 in 2003. Jacksonville has won the last three meetings, 14-6 in 2004, 20-17 in 2005 and 29-18 in 2006.
Jacksonville leads 3-2
Date, Result — Site
Aug. 16, 2002, W, 20-0 — Jacksonville
Aug. 23, 2003, W, 10-6 — Tampa
Aug. 20, 2004, L, 14-6 — Jacksonville
Aug. 20, 2005, L, 20-17 — Tampa
Aug. 26, 2006, L, 29-18 — Jacksonville
LAST MEETING (Preseason)
Jacksonville 29, Tampa Bay 18 (8/26/06)
JACKSONVILLE — Tampa Bay started fast and controlled the first half in their third preseason contest, taking an 11-0 lead into halftime before Jacksonville erased the deficit in the second half against Tampa Bay's reserves for a 29-18 victory.
Tampa Bay's defense forced a Jaguars turnover in Jacksonville territory on the game's opening drive as LB Shelton Quarles sacked QB Byron Leftwich and forced a fumble. The Buccaneers capitalized on the ensuing possession as FB Mike Alstott dove in from two yards out for a 6-0 Buccaneers lead, which grew to 8-0 as P Josh Bidwell found DE Dewayne White in the end zone for a two-point conversion on a fake extra point.
Tampa Bay pushed its lead to 11-0 with 3:46 remaining in the first half on a K Matt Bryant 29-yard field goal. Jacksonville took control of the game in the second half as the Jaguars first-team offense scored on their first two possessions with Tampa Bay's starters already on the sideline. Leftwich scored on a one-yard touchdown run, followed by a two-point conversion run by RB LaBrandon Toefield. The comeback was complete after a Buccaneers turnover when Leftwich found WR Matt Jones on a 19-yard touchdown reception. Jacksonville extended its lead to 29-11 in the fourth quarter, capitalizing on two more Tampa Bay turnovers with two touchdowns. The Buccaneers ended the scoring as QB Bruce Gradkowski found WR Paris Warren for a four- yard touchdown pass in the game's final seconds.