Opponent Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Posted on September 06, 2006

Week 01: Ravens vs. Buccaneers
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
When: 1 p.m. September 10
TV: WJZ-TV (Channel 13)
Radio: WIYY-FM (97.9)

• Tampa Bay is playing the league's third-toughest schedule with half its schedule against 2005 playoff teams. The Bucs won six of their last eight games to take a division in which most experts had them finishing last. Tampa had a +7 turnover ratio last year, the fourth time in five years they've been on the positive side of that stat. The Bucs haven't been ranked lower than ninth in total defense since 1996 and were the league's best in 2002 and 2005.

• Last year, Tampa was sixth in both run and pass defense. Offensively, the Bucs ranked 23rd overall (14th rushing, 25th passing).

• Richard Mann, a wideout coach with the Baltimore Colts (1982-83) and Ravens (1997-98) has the same job now in Tampa. Former Maryland, Johns Hopkins and Loyola strength coach Kurt Shultz is now an assistant strength coach with the Bucs.

• QB Chris Simms, son of New York Giants' Super Bowl-winning QB Phil Simms, saw action in 12 games down the stretch and hit on 61 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns, seven INTs and an 81.4 rating. TE Alex Smith is Simms' best option against aggressive defenses like Baltimore's. He finished second on the team last year with 41 catches. Joey Galloway (83 catches, 10 touchdowns in '05) and Michael Clayton (32 catches) are the starting wideouts, but on his fourth team in five years, former Arizona standout David Boston is healthy and expected to contribute.

• RB Carnell "Cadillac" Williams ran for 1,178 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie. He was the NFL's Rookie of the Month for September and December and was a Player of the Week three times.

• The Bucs' defense ranked first overall in the league in 2005, and that's with six of the 11 starters over age 30. DE Simeon Rice led the team with 14 sacks and LB Shelton Quarles was the leading tackler with 196. Rice's 119 career sacks are second among active players. His 56.5 sacks the last four years are the NFL's best.

• Since 1998, the Bucs and Ravens lead the NFL with seven shutouts each. Since 1997, Tampa Bay has allowed an NFL-low 2,380 points. The Ravens are third with 2,589.

• Derrick Brooks' 97-yard INT return for a touchdown in the Ravens' 2002 home opener is the longest play allowed by Baltimore. Brooks was second on the team in tackles with 174.

The Ravens have a better team this year, but winning on the road, which they haven't done in nearly two years, is their biggest problem.

Bucs - 16
Ravens - 13

Issue 1.20: September 7, 2006

next up:

2006 Baltimore Ravens Alphabetical Roster

September 06, 2006


Baltimore Top Stories


Joe Platania shares his Week 12 picks and predicts a low-scoring battle for Ravens and Browns.


Junior Yannick Ngakoue has registered at least a half sack in 10 straight games for the Terps.


"These guys are special," Towson football coach Rob Ambrose said of the 2015 squad.

Reality Check

Glenn Clark says Joe Flacco's injury won't impact his contract negotiations.


Get PressBox's Free Weekly Newsletter


For Sports Fans


Visit Project Gameday for pregame analysis and real-time reactions every Ravens game.

10 Years Of PressBox

To commemorate PressBox's 10th anniversary, take a look back at some of our past stories.

Lacrosse Newsletter

Sign up for our high school lacrosse email, with interviews, matchups, recruiting and more.

PressBox Store

Order a PressBox subscription or show your Oriole pride with a Cal Ripken Jr. license plate.