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Game Preview: Week 5 Bucs @ Bengals

by Staff Report on October 9, 2010

The Buccaneers lead the all-time series 6-3, including victories in five con­secutive contests. Tampa Bay won the previous meeting at Raymond James Stadium in 2006, 14-13. This week’s game marks the seventh of 10 meet­ings played in Cincinnati. The two teams first met in 1976 in Cincinnati during the Buccaneers’ inaugural season, with the Bengals posting a 21-0 victory. The Bucs won for the first time in the series in 1980 with a 17-12 road win at Cincinnati. Cincinnati captured the next two meetings, 23-17 in Tampa in 1983 and 56-23 at home in 1989. Tampa Bay’s current five-game winning streak has included a 19-16 win at home in 1995, a 35-0 victory at Cincinnati in 1998 and a 16-13 overtime win at Paul Brown Stadium in 2001. Tampa Bay’s victory in 1998 was the club’s first-ever shutout on the road and its largest margin of victory away from home. In 2002, the Buccaneers won again on the road, prevailing 35-7, followed by a thrilling 14-13 win at home in 2006.

GAME INFORMATION
Date: Sunday, October 10, 2010
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Site: Paul Brown Stadium (65,515)
2010 Records: Tampa Bay 2-1, Cincinnati 2-2
Network Television: FOX
Play-by-Play: Thom Brennaman, Analyst: Brian Billick
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 to Pittsburgh 38-13; Cincinnati lost at Cleveland 23-20

Head-To-Head
Tampa leads series 6-3 (Regular Season)

SERIES BY THE NUMBERS
Overall Regular Season Series:………………. Tampa Bay leads series, 6-3
Home Record vs. Cincinnati Bengals……………………………………….2-1
Road Record vs. Cincinnati Bengals:……………………………………….4-2
Current Streak:…………………………. Buccaneers, five games (1995-2006)
Buccaneers Longest Streak:………………………. Five games (1995-2006)
Bengals Longest Streak:………………………………..Two games (1983-89)
Regular Season Point Total:…………………Buccaneers 176 – Bengals 161
Most Points, Buccaneers:………….. 35, twice, last Buccaneers 35-7(2002)
Most Points, Bengals:……………………………… 56, Bengals 56-23 (1989)
Most Points, both teams:…………………………. 79, Bengals 56-23 (1989)
Fewest Points, Buccaneers:…………………………. 0, Bengals 21-0 (1976)
Fewest Points, Bengals:………………………….. 0, Buccaneers 35-0 (1998)
Fewest Points, both teams:……………………….. 21, Bengals 21-0 (1976)

What to Watch
Brian Price & Gerald McCoy vs Bengals Interior Offensive Lineman

With much of the talk centered around McCoy playing exclusively at under tackle after being moved around a lot to start his NFL career and Price’s playing time being increased. Its time for the youngsters to show just why the Bucs picked them in the first two rounds. While both player shave flashed pass rush ability and have come close neither has a gotten a sack through their first three games.

Barrett Ruud vs Cedric Benson
After a lackluster showing against the Steelers ground attack, Ruud needs a statement game, in a big way. He has been openly criticized for his inability to shed blockers, fight his way through trash and meet opposing running backs in the hole with any kind of force. Ruud who  is supposedly the unquestioned leader and general of a young defense, seemingly is more willing to just call the plays with a subdued attitude as a non-vocal emotionless leader.

Bucs Secondary vs Bengals Receivers
The Bucs duo of Aqib Talib and Ronde Barber have the task of keeping the Bengals Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, who have averaged a combined  11.75 receptions and 167.5 yards per game, in check. If Talib and Barber manage to hold Owens and Ochocinco in check the game will be a lot closer then many are predicting.

INJURY REPORT
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Probable
LB Niko Koutouvides (ankle)
WR Maurice Stovall (back)
TE Kellen Winslow (knee)
LB Adam Hayward (illness)
DE Kyle Moore (shoulder)

CINCINNATI BENGALS
Out
DE Jonathan Fanene (hamstring)
WR Jordan Shipley (concussion)
Doubtful
S Roy Williams (knee)
Probable
WR Chad Ochocinco (groin)
LB Dhani Jones (hamstring)
CB Johnathan Joseph (forearm)
RB Bernard Scott (hamstring)
DT Pat Sims (knee)

ENEMY COACHES
Bengals Head Coach: Marvin Lewis
Bengals Offensive Coordinator: Bob Bratkowski
Bengals Defensive Coordinator: Mike Zimmer
Bengals Special Teams Coach: Darrin Simmons

STATISTICAL RANKINGS:
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS OFFENSE
Overall: 26th (288.0 ypg)
Rushing: 20th (96.3 ypg)
Passing: 23rd (191.7 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 11th (7)
Points Scored: 25th (16.7 ppg)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS DEFENSE
Overall: 20th (335.0 ypg)
Rushing: 17th (141.3 ypg)
Passing: 10th (193.7 ypg)
Sacks: 26th (4)
Points Allowed: 17th (19.7 ppg)

CINCINNATI BENGALS  OFFENSE
Overall: 10th (349.8 ypg)
Rushing: 23rd (92.0 ypg)
Passing: 6th (257.8 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 11th (7)
Points Scored: 14th (19.8 ppg)
CINCINNATI BENGALS DEFENSE
Overall: 6th (299.3 ypg)
Rushing: 15th (107.5 ypg)
Passing: 9th (191.8 ypg)
Sacks: 32nd (3)
Points Allowed: 16th (19.5 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.

BUCS 23
BENGALS 20

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