ON THIS DAY IN BUC HISTORY17 Nov 1996A franchise-turning momentTampa Bay Buccaneers 25 San Diego Chargers 17Click here for more details on this gameThere are very few games in any NFL team’s history when you can point to it and say that was a true turning point in the fortunes of a franchise. The Bucs though can do it with this game in San Diego in 1996.Tony Dungy’s team were 2-8 going to the West Coast, were ridiculed on pre-game TV and went 14-0 down in the first quarter. Then the new Bucs turned it around on the field in that game and overall leading to a winning season in 1997 and a Super Bowl victory on the same field six years later.The Bucs began their comeback with a seven-play field goal drive. Donnie Abraham intercepted a Stan Humphries pass and returned it 21 yards to the Charger 13, setting up a Buc field goal. Two plays later, John Lynch redirected another Humphries offering, returning it 25 yards for Errict Rhett’s one-yard go-ahead touchdown dive.
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THE BUCS AND THE SAINTSThis weekend gives Bruce Arians and his team to prove that the win over Arizona was not a one-off and that things are turning around for the franchise on the field. The four-game losing streak was ended and the remainder of the schedule looks pretty favourable outside of the NFC South rivals Saints coming into town this weekend.This will be the 56th meeting of the two teams and the Bucs have only played the Bears (59) and Lions (57) more times than the Saints. Results in recent years have been mixed but Drew Brees always seems to be good for a couple of interceptions in games in Tampa. The most memorable meeting of the teams came back in 1977 when the Buccaneers recorded their first-ever win in franchise history after 26 futile attempts, a 33-14 victory in the Superdome. We once again have the Thom Brennaman and Chris Spielman crew calling the game from Raymond James Stadium, a pair who I thought had a pretty poor coverage last Sunday. Two new Bucs will be added to the all-time roster as Mazzi Wilkins and Aaron Stinnie become the 1202nd and 1203rd players to become official Buccaneers.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEER ROSTER MOVESNov 12 - Waived CB Vernon Hargraves and C Nate Trewyn. Promoted CB Mazzi Wilkins from the practice squad. Claimed G Aaron Stnnie on waivers from the Tennessee Titans.
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BUCCANEER BIRTHDAYSThere are two current Bucs celebrating today although one may play a little more against the Saints than the other. Shaquil Barrett is 27 and has double-digit sacks this season. Ryan Griffin is 30 and is still waiting to throw his first regular season pass for the Buccaneers. In addition DE Al Chamblee, a 12th round pick in 1991 turns 51 and OL Byron Ingram who was briefly on the roster in 1989 is 55.