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Saints vs Buccaneers Preview and Matchup History

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The Saints aim for their third straight win over division foe Tampa Bay.

Mike Ehrmann
  • QB Josh Freeman has completed 95 of 146 (65.1%) for 1,259 yards with 8 TDs, 0 INTs and a 110.5 rating in the past four games vs. New Orleans.
  • In his past nine games, Freeman has 20 TDs vs. 4 INTs and a 97.3 rating.
  • Freeman has 3,000+ yards (3,192) for the third consecutive season, joining Brad Johnson as only Bucs to do so.
  • Rookie running back Doug Martin is 2nd in the NFL with 1,612 scrimmage yards (1,234 rush, 378 rec.). Martin set the team rookie record for scrimmage yards.
  • In his past four games on the road, Martin has 745 scrimmage yards (580 rush, 165 rec.) and 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.).
  • Martin is tied for the NFC lead with 10 rush TDs.
  • WR Vincent Jackson had 7 catches for a career-high 216 yards and a TD in his last meeting vs. the Saints.
  • Safety Ronde Barber aims for his third game in a row vs. New Orleans with an INT.
  • Both of Barber's career-high 3 interception games came vs. New Orleans.
  • Rookie LB Lavonte David leads the team with 117 tackles.
  • DE Michael Bennett had two sacks last week and leads team with career-high 9.
  • QB Drew Brees aims for his third win in row vs. Tampa Bay.
  • In his past two meetings,Brees has a 116 QB rating.
  • RB Pierre Thomas aims for his third game in a row vs. Tampa Bay with a rush TD.
  • RB Darren Sproles aims for his third game in a row vs. Tampa Bay with a receiving TD.
  • WR Lance Moore had 9 catches for 121 yards in his last meeting vs. Tampa Bay.
  • WR Joseph Morgan had a 48-yard TD in his last game vs. Tampa Bay.
  • Safety Roman Harper had a sack and a force fumble in his last home meeting vs. Tampa Bay.
  • DE Cameron Jordan had a sack and a forced fumble in his last meeting vs. Tampa Bay.
  • Saints have three players with 90+ tackles: Curtis Lofton, Roman Harper (97) and Malcolm Jenkins.

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BUCCANEERS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

24-17

STREAKS

Past 2

COACHES VS. OPP.

Schiano: 0-1

Vitt: 0-0

LAST WEEK

L 23-21 vs. Eagles

L 52-27 at Giants

LAST GAME

10/21/12: Saints 35 at Buccaneers 28. New Orleans overcomes 14-point deficit as Saints QB Drew Brees throws 4 1st-half TDs, including 3 in 2nd quarter (9, 48, 20).

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/6/11: Saints 27, Buccaneers 16. New Orleans RB Darren Sproles has 99 scrimmage yards (42 rush, 57 rec.), including 21-yard TD catch from Brees in division win.

BROADCAST

FOX (12:00 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 136 (TB), 125 (NO). XM: 230 (NO).