OPENING LINE – Chargers by 5 +.
RECORD VS. SPREAD – Tampa Bay 6-5, San Diego 7-4
SERIES RECORD – Chargers lead 8-2
LAST MEETING – Buccaneers beat Chargers 34-24, Nov. 11, 2012
LAST WEEK – Buccaneers beat Seahawks 14-5; Chargers beat Texans 21-13
AP PRO32 RANKING – Buccaneers No. 14 (tie), Chargers No. 21
BUCCANEERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (13), RUSH (16), PASS (13).
BUCCANEERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (24), RUSH (22), PASS (17).
CHARGERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (8), RUSH (20), PASS (5).
CHARGERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (19), RUSH (6), PASS (26).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Tampa Bay making second visit to Qualcomm Stadium since beating Oakland in Super Bowl in January 2003. … Bucs on three-game winning streak, including 19-17 win at Kansas City and 14-5 home win vs. Seattle. … Tampa Bay alive in NFC wild-card picture, one-half game behind Washington for second spot, and is one game behind Atlanta for NFC South lead. … Tampa Bay DE Noah Spence voted NFL defensive rookie of November with 11 tackles, 2 + sacks, two forced fumbles. Overall, Spence has 5 + sacks, three forced fumbles, both second most among rookies. … Chargers have six teams ahead of them in wild-card hunt. … Chargers star TE Antonio Gates held without target or catch for first time in 77 games against Houston. Gates remains three TD catches short of breaking Tony Gonzalez’s NFL record of 111 for a tight end. … Gates has TD catches in three of last four games. … Chargers 31st in home attendance at 55,819 in 70,000-seat Qualcomm Stadium, ahead of only Oakland. Team chairman Dean Spanos won’t say whether he’ll move team to Los Angeles or try for another stadium ballot measure in San Diego following defeat of Measure C hotel tax increase at polls on Nov. 8. … Fantasy Tip: Tampa Bay WR Mike Evans has four 100-yard games, 10 TDs, and has been go-to target for QB Jameis Winston all season .
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