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In Houston, Bucs have a problem

Houston is one of only three current NFL cities the Bucs have never won in, going 0-4 against the Oilers and 0-1 against the Texans, with Buffalo (0-1) and Jacksonville (0-3) the only others.

But Lovie Smith has only coached one game in Houston as a head coach — in December 2008, his Bears finished the season in Houston, knowing a win could put them in the playoffs. They led 10-0 midway through the second quarter, only to see the Texans rally for a 31-24 victory, and the Bears finished 9-7, missing the last wild card to a 9-6-1 Eagles team.

The Bucs did the same thing, needing a win to get in that same day and losing to the Raiders to share the same 9-7 record, missing the postseason.

 

Bucs running back Earnest Graham (34) scores a third quarter touchdown in front of Will Demps (47) at Reliant Stadium in Houston.  

[Brendan Fitterer | Times]

December 9, 2007

Bucs running back Earnest Graham (34) scores a third quarter touchdown in front of Will Demps (47) at Reliant Stadium in Houston. [Brendan Fitterer | Times]

In Houston, Bucs have a problem 09/27/15 [Last modified: Friday, September 25, 2015 2:08pm]
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