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Saints vs. Buccaneers Preview and Matchup History

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A quick look at the history between the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well as a preview of the their upcoming matchup this Sunday.

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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-3) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1-3)

SERIES

BUCCANEERS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

27-17

STREAKS

Past 5

COACHES VS. OPP.

Smith: 4-1

Payton: 8-6

LAST WEEK

W 27-24 at Steelers

L 38-17 at Cowboys

LAST GAME

12/29/13: Buccaneers 17 at Saints 42. New Orleans QB Drew Brees completes 24 of 31 passes for 381 yards & 4 TDs (157.4 rating), including 76-yard TD to WR Kenny Stills.

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/29/13

BROADCAST

FOX (12:00 PM CT): Dick Stockton, Kirk Morrison, Kristina Pink (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 136 (TB), 119 (NO). XM: 119 (NO).

STATS

PASSING

Glennon: 38-66-423-3-1-85.6

Brees: 115-161-1203 (3L)-7-3-99.5

RUSHING

Rainey: 41-199-4.9-0

K. Robinson: 40-215-5.4-1

RECEIVING

Jackson: 13-134-10.3-2

J. Graham (TE): 32 (2L)-340-10.6-3

OFFENSE

290.8

425.8 (3L)

TAKE/GIVE

-4

-6

DEFENSE

387.8

396.0

SACKS

M. Johnson, McCoy: 2

Galette: 2

INTs

Lansanah: 1

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PUNTING

Koenen: 42.9

Morstead: 44.4

KICKING

Murray (R): 18 (9/9 PAT, 3/4 FG)

S. Graham: 23 (11/12 PAT; 4/5 FG)

The Good

  • QB DREW BREES has won five games in a row vs. Tampa Bay and has a 113.3 QB rating in those five games. He aims for his fifth game in row vs. TB with 300+ yards. In his past four meetings against the Bucs, he has three games with 4 TD passes.
  • WR KENNY STILLS had a 76-yard TD in the last game vs. the Bucs.
  • LB JUNIOR GALETTE had 2 sacks the last time he faced the Tampa Bay.
  • In his past four games vs. Tampa Bay, DE CAMERON JORDAN has 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
  • CB KEENAN LEWIS had an interception in the last meeting vs. Tampa Bay.
  • RB PIERRE THOMAS had a rushing touchdown in his last meeting and has three TDs in the past five against the Bucs.
  • TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 15 catches for 250 yards (125 per game) and two TDs in the past two meetings with Tampa. He aims for his third in a row vs. TB with a touchdown.

The Bad

  • QB MIKE GLENNON had his first career 300-yard game (302 yards, 2 TDs) last week in a win at Pittsburgh. He threw 2 touchdown passes in his only start vs. the Saints on 12/29/13.
  • In his last game against the Saints, RB DOUG MARTIN rushed for 144 yards.
  • In their 10/21/12 meeting, WR VINCENT JACKSON had 7 catches for a career-high 216 yards (30.9 average) and a touchdown.
  • Rookie WR MIKE EVANS had his first career TD last week.
  • LB LAVONTE DAVID aims for his third game in a row with a forced fumble.
  • LB MASON FOSTER had an 85-yard pick six against the Saints in their 9/15/13 meeting.