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COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: Dolphins At Buccaneers

Posted Nov 8, 2013

Breaking down the Dolphins-Buccaneers matchup.

MIAMI DOLPHINS (4-4) at TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (0-8)

GAME FACTS

DATE: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
TIME: 8:40 p.m. ET
SITE: Raymond James Stadium
TV: ESPN
TV ANNOUNCERS: Mike Tirico, play-by-play; Jon Gruden, analysis; Lisa Salter, sideline DOLPHINS RADIO NETWORK: Clear Channel, WBGG (105.9 FM) and WINZ (940 AM) and a network of affiliates throughout Florida; WQBA (1140 AM-Spanish)
RADIO VOICES: English broadcast — Jimmy Cefalo, Bob Griese, Joe Rose, Kim Bokamper; Spanish broadcast — Raul Striker, Joaquin Duro

THE SERIES

SERIES RECORD: Miami leads 5-4
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 3-1
AT TAMPA BAY: Buccaneers lead 3-2
LAST MEETING: 2009 at Miami; Dolphins 25, Buccaneers 23
HISTORY LESSON: This will be the third time in 10 meetings the teams face each other in prime time, every time in Tampa. The Buccaneers won the previous two prime-time matchups, 23-17 in the strike-shortened 1982 season and 31-21 in a Sunday night game in 1997.
SERIES TREND: Not only has the series been close, the games in the series also have been close. Of the first nine meetings, five were decided by three points or less, with the Dolphins winning four of those close games. The Dolphins won 23-20 in 1976 (Tampa Bay’s inaugural season), 41-38 in 1985, 17-4 in 1988 and 25-23 in the teams’ last meeting.

SCOUTING REPORT

BUCCANEERS’ RECORD: 0-8
LAST GAME: Lost at Seattle, 27-24 (OT)
OVERVIEW: To say this has been a difficult season for the Buccaneers would be putting it mildly. Tampa Bay lost heartbreakers each of the first two weeks and seemingly never was able to recover. In the opener, the Bucs had a victory against the New York Jets all but wrapped up until a personal-foul penalty gave the Jets the opportunity to kick a last-second game-winning field goal. The next week, the Bucs lost at home against the New Orleans Saints on another last-second field goal after allowing a 31-yard completion. In their last game, the Buccaneers had a 21-0 lead against the Seattle Seahawks before losing in overtime.
KEY NEW FACES: CB Johnthan Banks (draft-2nd), QB Mike Glennon (draft-3rd), CB Darrelle Revis (N.Y. Jets), T Gabe Carimi (Chicago), RB Brian Leonard (Cincinnati), S Dashon Goldson (San Francisco), K Rian Lindell (Buffalo), TE Tom Crabtree (Green Bay)
KEY VETERANS GONE: DB Ronde Barber, RB LeGarrette Blount, DE Michael Bennett, QB Josh Freeman