Saints vs. Buccaneers Preview and Matchup History

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

A detailed look at the history between the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as well as some standout individual performances and milestones by players from both teams before their crucial Sunday matchup in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-11) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-5)

SERIES

BUCCANEERS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

26-17

STREAKS

Past 4, 5 of past 7

COACHES VS. OPP.

Schiano: 0-3

Payton: 7-6

LAST WEEK

L 23-13 at Rams

L 17-13 at Panthers

LAST GAME

9/15/13: Saints 16 at Buccaneers 14. New Orleans QB Drew Brees throws 56-yard TD pass to TE Jimmy Graham. Saints K Garrett Hartley makes 27-yard FG as times expires.

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/16/12: Saints 41, Buccaneers 0. Drew Brees throws for 307 yards & 4 TDs. Saints CB Jabari Greer records 2 INTs as Saints defense total 5 turnovers.

BROADCAST

FOX (3:25 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 136 (TB), 108 (NO). XM: 232 (NO).

STATS

PASSING

Glennon (R): 225-375-2,389-17-8-84.9

Brees: 422-619-4,781 (1C)-35 (1C)-12-101.8

RUSHING

Rainey: 139-531-3.8-5

Thomas: 140-529-3.8-1

RECEIVING

Jackson: 74-1,189-16.1-7

J. Graham (TE): 81-1,144-14.1-15 (1L)

OFFENSE

276.1

394.9

TAKE/GIVE

+11 (3C)

-1

DEFENSE

340.0

306.7

SACKS

McCoy: 9

Jordan: 12.5 (2C)

INTs

David: 5

Lewis: 3

PUNTING

Koenen: 44.0

Morstead: 47.3 (3C)

KICKING

Lindell: 95 (29/29 PAT; 22/28 FG)

S. Graham: 7 (1/1 PAT; 2/2 FG)

BUCCANEERS

Rookie QB MIKE GLENNON has 14 TDs vs. 5 INTs in the past 10 games.

RB BOBBY RAINEY has 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 receiving) in past 7 games.

WR VINCENT JACKSON had career-high 216 receiving yards vs. NO on 10/21/12. He has 1,189 receiving yards, his 3rd consecutive 1,000-yard season and 5th in past six years. Among active players (minimum 200 catches), he has an NFL-best 17.5 ypc average (418 catches, 7,327 yards).

Rookie TE TIM WRIGHT has a TD in two of the past 3 games.

LB LAVONTE DAVID is the only player in the NFL with 100+ tackles (136), 5+ sacks (6) and 5+ INTs (5). In the past decade, David and BRIAN URLACHER (2007) are the only two in the NFL to accomplish that feat.

S MARK BARRON is one of two safeties in the NFL with 80+ tackles (88), 2+ INTs (2) and 2+ sacks (2).

DT GERALD MC COY has 7 sacks in the past seven games. He aims for his 4th in a row with a sack. He has a career-high 9 sacks and had a sack in his last meeting vs. Saints.

In Week 2 vs. Saints, LB MASON FOSTER had an 85-yard pick six.

DE ADRIAN CLAYBORN had a sack and a forced fumble in Week 2 vs. Saints.

SAINTS

The Saints wil clinch a playoff berth with a win. They can win the NFC South with a Carolina loss.

QB DREW BREES has won four games in a row vs. Tampa Bay with a 104.0 rating. He has 50,700 pass yards, 1 of 5 quarterbacks in NFL history with 50,000. He has 4,781 yards and needs only 219 more for a 4th career 5,000-yard season. Brees has three of the seven 5,000-yard seasons in NFL history. He has 35 TDs, his sixth 30-TD season in row. Since joining NO in 2006, he leads NFL with 38,352 pass yards and 279 TDs.

RB PIERRE THOMAS has 529 rush and 510 receiving yards, his first season with 500+ rush and receiving yards.

Since 2011, RB DARREN SPROLES leads NFL RBs with 230 catches, 1,951 receiving yards and 16 receiving TDs. He has a receiving TD in three of his past four games vs. TB.

RB MARK INGRAM rushed for 90 yards and a TD in his last home meeting vs Buccaneers.

TE JIMMY GRAHAM has six 100-yard games, tied for most ever in a season by a TE. Since 2011 (including playoffs), Graham leads NFL TEs with 277 catches, 3,594 yards and 38 TDs. He had 10 catches for 179 yards and a TD in Week 2 vs. Buccaneers.

WR MARQUES COLSTON needs 124 receiving yards for a 5th consecutive 1,000-yard season and the 7th of his career.

DE CAMERON JORDAN has 12.5 sacks in the past 14 games. He aims for his 4th consecutive meeting with a sack and a forced fumble.

S MALCOLM JENKINS had an INT in Week 2 vs. Buccaneers. He also had an INT last week.

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