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Game Preview: Packers vs Bucs

by Staff Report on November 7, 2009

Bucs to honor Selmon, 79 team at half time

Bucs' to honor Selmon, '79 team at half time

The Packers lead the all-time series 29-20-1 but Tampa Bay has won six of the last nine meetings and six of the seven games played at Raymond James Stadium, including a 30-21 win last season. The Bucs and Packers have played at least once in every year except 1976, 1982, 2004, 2006 and 2007 since Tampa Bay entered the league in 1976. Since the divisions realigned in 2002, Tampa Bay has won three of the four meetings with Green Bay. The teams first met in 1977 and the Bucs notched their first series wins in 1979, when they swept the Pack en route to the NFC Central title. After a 14-14 tie in the next encounter, Tampa Bay won three consecutive contests. The Bucs captured four consecutive wins from 1987-89, their longest streak in the series.

This week the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will wear orange jerseys for the first time in almost 13 years when the team will conduct their first-ever ‘Throwback Game.’ In conjunction with the throwback uniforms, the team will also honor the 1979 team that was one game away from playing in the Super Bowl and induct DE Lee Roy Selmon into the Buccaneers ‘Ring of Honor.’

Selmon will become the first inductee into the team’s Ring of Honor after becoming the first Buccaneer player ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 29, 1995. His number 63 also became the first and only jersey retired by the Buccaneers on September 7, 1986. The Buccaneers’ first draft choice in 1976, Selmon was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1979 and NFC Defensive Lineman of the Year by the NFL Players Association four times (1979-80, 1982-83). Drafted out of Oklahoma where he won both the Outland and Lombardi trophies during his senior season, Selmon went on to become the cornerstone of the Buccaneers franchise for nearly a decade. The Buccaneers’ all-time career sack leader (78.5), Selmon anchored a ferocious defense which led the team to its first-ever NFC Central Division Championship in 1979.

The Buccaneers will don uniforms meant to replicate the team’s very first look from its inaugural season in 1976. The Florida Orange, red and white combination changed subtly over the years that followed, but the Glazer family conducted painstaking research in order to faithfully replicate that 1976 uniform. Digging through historical archives and enlisting the help of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Buccaneers Co-Chairman Ed Glazer worked out the minute details of the uniform, from head to toe, even though the actual equipment from that era was fraught with inconsistency. In the end, a Mike Washington jersey from 1976 helped establish the uniform’s dimensions and stitching and a Council Rudolph jersey from 1977 helped establish the perfect color matches. Glazer also relied on team photo archives, old NFL Films footage, other uniform samples and more.

The Buccaneers will wear “Florida Orange” jerseys, the primary color adopted by the team when it began play in 1976, with red and white trim and white pants with orange and red stripes along with the famous Buccaneer helmet with its pirate head logo, Bucco Bruce. Of note, the orange jerseys were worn just once during the 1976 season, in a preseason game.

GAME INFORMATION
Date: Sunday, November 8, 2009
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Site: Raymond James Stadium (65,900)
2009 Records: Tampa Bay 0-7, Green Bay 4-3
Network Television: FOX
Play-by-Play: Sam Rosen, Analyst: Tim Ryan, Sideline: Chris Myers
Bucs Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Play-by-Play: Gene Deckerhoff, Color: Dave Moore, Sideline: T.J. Rives
Last Game: Tampa Bay lost vs New England 35-7; Green Bay lost vs. Minnesota 38-26
Next Game: Tampa Bay at Miami (11/15); Green Bay vs. Dallas (11/15)

Key Match-Ups
Bucs DL vs Packers OL
The Packers are the worse team in sacks allowed this year, ranked 32nd and having given up 31 sacks the Bucs defense might actual be able to apply some pressure on Aaron Rodgers who enters the game nursing a troublesome foot injury. With the Packers starting left tackle Chad Clifton ruled out and his back up hobbling this should allow Greg “Stylez G” White to breakout of his funk.

Greg Olson vs Dom Capers
Olson has abandoned the running game early an often in the teams zero-dash-seven start, with the team turning to a rookie and future of the franchise, Josh Freeman, will Olson provide the rookie signal caller with a balanced attack and allow him to read half the field until he gets comfortable?

Bucs Receivers vs Packers Secondary
With both Antonio Bryant and Michael Clayton limited this week in practice, coupled with a rookie quarterback making his first NFL start, the Bucs need other receiving options to step up in a big way against the ball-hawking secondary of the Packers.

INJURY REPORT
GREEN BAY PACKERS
OUT
LB Brandon Chillar (hand)
TE Jermichael Finley (knee)
WR Jordy Nelson (knee)
C Jason Spitz (back)
QUESTIONABLE
WR Jake Allen (quadricep)
S Derrick Martin (concussion)
FB Korey Hall (calf)
OL T.J. Lang (olique)
PROBABLE
T Chad Clifton (ankle)
WR Donald Driver (neck)
QB Aaron Rodgers (feet)
CB Charles Woodson (hip)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
QUESTIONABLE
WR Antonio Bryant (knee)
WR Mark Clayton (wrist)
CB Elbert Mack (ankle)
PROBABLE
CB Aqib Talib (ankle)
G Jeremy Zuttah (shoulder)

ENEMY COACHES
Packers Head Coach:
Mike McCarthy
Packers Offensive Coordinator:
Joe Philbin
Packers Defensive Coordinator:
Dom Capers
Packers Special Teams Coach:
Shawn Slocum

STATISTICAL RANKINGS:
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS OFFENSE
Overall:
28th (272.3 ypg)
Rushing:
24th (98.0 ypg)
Passing:
23rd (174.3 ypg)
Sacks Allowed:
15th (13)
Points Scored:
29th (13.7 ppg)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS DEFENSE
Overall:
28th (376.4 ypg)
Rushing:
30th (162.4 ypg)
Passing:
15th (214.0 ypg)
Sacks:
29th (11)
Points Allowed:
20th (29.0 ppg)

GREEN BAY PACKERS OFFENSE
Overall:
9th (372.7 ypg)
Rushing:
16th (114.0 ypg)
Passing:
9th (258.7 ypg)
Sacks Allowed:
32nd (31)
Points Scored:
8th (26.7 ppg)

GREEN BAY PACKERS DEFENSE
Overall:
4th (283.4 ypg)
Rushing:
9th (99.4 ypg)
Passing:
9th (184.0 ypg)
Sacks:
28th (12)
Points Allowed:
9th (19.1 ppg)

Buc Central’s Prognostication:
As always we are not advocating gambling based on our views of the game, especially considering we typically are inclined to make such educated guesses using are heart rather the any rational thought applied to picking. We are merely giving an opinion of who we think has the best chance at securing a victory.

PACKERS 29
BUCS 16

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