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Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints: Game Preview

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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-12) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (13-1)

 

SERIES

 

BUCCANEERS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

21-14

STREAKS

3 of past 5

2 of past 3

COACHES VS. OPP.

Morris: 0-1

Payton: 4-3

LAST WEEK

W 24-7 at Seahawks

L 24-17 vs. Cowboys

LAST GAME

11/22/09: Saints 38 at Buccaneers 7.  New Orleans QB Drew Brees throws for 3 TDs, including 2 in 1st half to WR Robert Meachem, as Saints win franchise-record 10th straight.

LAST GAME AT SITE

9/7/08: Saints 24, Buccaneers 20.  Brees throws for 343 yards & 3 TDs, including game-winning 42-yarder to RB Reggie Bush in 4th quarter.

BROADCAST

FOX (12:00 PM CT): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 158 (TB), 125 (NO).  XM: 102 (NO).

STATS

PASSING

Freeman (R): 122-228-1,412-9-14-60.1

Brees: 331-477-4,130 (1C)-33 (T1L)-11-109.4 (1L)

RUSHING

Williams: 167-652-3.9-3

P. Thomas: 141-733-5.2-5

RECEIVING

Winslow (TE): 68-752-11.1-5

Colston: 61-994-16.3-9

OFFENSE

282.5

419.6 (1L)

TAKE/GIVE

-5

+13 (3L)

DEFENSE

362.8

354.1

SACKS

S. White: 6.5

Smith: 12 (3L)

INTs

Talib: 5

Sharper: 8 (T1C)

PUNTING

Paulescu: 45.0

Morstead (R): 43.3

KICKING

Barth: 42 (9/9 PAT; 11/16 FG)

Hartley: 28 (7/8 PAT; 7/8 FG)

 

NOTES

BUCCANEERS:  Rookie QB JOSH FREEMAN passed for 2 TDs & rushed for 2 pt. conversion last week.  Had 95.8 rating last week, 2nd highest of career...RB CADILLAC WILLIAMS had 22-yard rec. TD last week.  Had 88 scrimmage yards on 13 touches last week for 6.8-yard avg.  Has 3 rush TDs in past 3 meetings.  WR DERRICK WARD had rec. TD last week.  Had season-high 67 rush yards...TE KELLEN WINSLOW had team-high 6 catches & 93 yards last week.  Has 68 receptions, most by TE in team history.  Since 2006, Winslow ranks 3rd among TEs with 282 catches.  WR ANTONIO BRYANT has 2 TDs in past 4 vs. NO & averages 43.5 yards per TD... CB RONDE BARBER has posted 3 INTs in game 2 times, both vs. NO.  Is only player in NFL history with 25+ sacks (25) & 35+ INTs (37).  S TANARD JACKSON had INT last week & has set career-highs this season with 4 INTs & 2 INT-TDs.  LB GENO HAYES had sack, FR & INT last week.  Aims for 3rd in row with INT...

 

SAINTS:  Can clinch No. 1 seed in NFC with win...Lead NFL with 34.5 scoring avg...QB DREW BREES has completed 61 of 88 (69.3 pct.) for 693 yards with 6 TDs vs. 1 INT for 110.7 rating in past 3 at home vs. TB.  Has 121.4 rating at home this year with 2,224 yards (317.7 per game), 19 TDs & 4 INTs.  Has passed for 4,000+ yards (4,130) in 4 consecutive seasons...RB REGGIE BUSH had 8 catches for 112 yards & TD (42 yards) in last home meeting.  RB PIERRE THOMAS rushed 11 times for 92 yards (8.4 avg.) in last meeting.  RB MIKE BELL tied career-high with 2 rush TDs in last game vs. TB...WR MARQUES COLSTON has 11 rec. TDs in past 11 Dec. games.  WR ROBERT MEACHEM had career-high 2 rec. TDs in last meeting.  WR DEVERY HENDERSON has 5 rec. TDs vs. TB & averages 50 yards per TD.  TE DAVID THOMAS had career-high 8 catches (77 yards) last week.  Had TD catch in last meeting...LB JONATHAN VILMA has INT, 2 FFs & FR in past 2 meetings.  Has INT in 3 of past 5.  DE WILL SMITH has 9.5 sacks in past 8.  S DARREN SHARPER has 57 INTs, 1,309 yards & 9 INT-TDs since 2000, most in NFL.