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Bucs Gameday news and notes

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The poll

How will the Bucs do this season?

Total votes: 593

Inside the records

13-19 Bucs' record on opening day.

8-10 Bucs' record when opening on the road.

4-6 Jon Gruden's record on opening day, including 2-4 with the Bucs and 2-2 with the Raiders.

10-19 Bucs' record against the Saints, but the Bucs have won six of the past nine, including both meetings last season.

Milestones

• Wide receiver Joey Galloway needs 55 receiving yards to pass Keyshawn Johnson (3,828) for fourth place on the Bucs' all-time list.

• Quarterback Jeff Garcia needs one more touchdown pass to reach 150 for his career.

• Coach Jon Gruden needs seven regular-season wins to pass Tony Dungy (54) for first in Bucs history.

• Wide receiver Ike Hilliard, above, needs one catch to reach 500 for his NFL career.

What they're saying

Saints quarterback Drew Brees, right, talking about the team relocating to Indianapolis while Hurricane Gustav passed near New Orleans:

"It's kind of a camp atmosphere a little bit," Brees said. "You know, you're not sleeping in your own bed. You're staring at these guys on your team all day long because you have no place else to go. You're spending your free time in a meeting room or a film room. You make the most of the circumstances, though. And it's an opportunity for all of us to kind of stay close together, a feeling of unity amongst the team. 'Hey, we're all in this together. We all have the same worries and concerns. So let's make sure we take care of business while we're here so we can obviously take care of business on Sunday.' "

USA Today columnists Reid Cherner and Tom Weir:

You can't help but root for the city even if you are a Bucs fan. Anything that brings some joy to residents is a good thing. Of course Saints fans won't care about much else if the team loses its home opener. This is a game between two teams that have Super Bowl beliefs.

The picks

Not sure how much emotion there will be in the 'Dome because of the Gustav aftermath. But I do know this: The Buc secondary is going to torment Drew Brees. By Sunday night, he'll know Aqib Talib and Tanard Jackson — more than he'd like to. I think Brees wills a win. Saints, 19-17.

Peter King, Sports Illustrated

This is a tough way to open the season for both these teams. They don't like each other, and opening with a division game is always tough. Doing it at home makes it easier. The New Orleans offense is a good one, and the Saints show it off here. They also show they are the NFC South's best team. Saints, 30-20.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sportsline

BUC SHOTS

Days to the Super Bowl:

148



32%

Win a playoff game or two

21%

Make playoffs

as division winner

18%

Make

playoffs as wild card

18%

Win Super Bowl

11%

Miss the playoffs

Bucs Gameday news and notes 09/05/08 [Last modified: Friday, September 5, 2008 10:10pm]
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