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Buccaneers at Saints Week 9 Capsule

SERIES

  BUCCANEERS SAINTS
SERIES LEADER   22-17
STREAKS 3 of past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Morris: 3-2 Payton: 5-6
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 7 L 24-18 vs. Bears in London) L 31-21 at Rams
LAST GAME 10/16/11: Saints 20 at Buccaneers 26. Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman passes for 303 yards & 2 TDs as Buccaneers race to 20-7 1st-half lead en route to victory.
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/2/11: Buccaneers 23, Saints 13. Freeman completes 21 of 26 pass attempts (80.8 percent) for 255 yards & 2 TDs as Buccaneers earn division win.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Dick Stockton, John Lynch, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 136 (TB), 86 (NO).  XM: 232 (NO).

STATS

PASSING Freeman: 166-270-1,723-7-10-73.1 Brees: 242-343-2,746 (1L)-19 (T2L)-10-100.6 (3C)
RUSHING Blount: 77-328-4.3-3 Ingram (R): 85-329-3.9-3
RECEIVING M. Williams: 31-317-10.2-1 Sproles (RB): 51 (1C)-389-7.6-2
OFFENSE 340.4 444.1 (2L)
TAKE/GIVE +1 -5
DEFENSE 391.1 346.0
SACKS Clayborn (R): 3 Harper, Smith: 4.5
INTs Jackson: 2 P. Robinson: 2
PUNTING Koenen: 46.3 Morstead: 49.1 (2C)
KICKING Barth: 51 (12/12 PAT; 13/15 FG) Kasay: 76 (2L) (28/28 PAT; 16/19 FG)

NOTES

BUCCANEERS: QB JOSH FREEMAN aims for 4th division win in row. Has won past 2 starts vs. NO, completing 44 of 67 (65.7 pct.) for 558 yards with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.4 rating. In career, when he starts & has 100+ rating, Bucs are 7-1…When RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT has 18+ carries, team is 7-1. In those 8, has rushed for 834 yards (104.3 per game) & 5 TDs…WR MIKE WILLIAMS had TD catch in last game at NO. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches. Williams & TE KELLEN WINSLOW tie for team lead with 31 catches. Winslow has catch in 83 games in row. WR DEZMON BRISCOE had 24-yard TD in Week 7…CB RONDE BARBER has started 190 consecutive games, most by CB in NFL history. Only player in NFL annals with 25+ sacks (27) & 40+ INTs (41). Has 2 games with career-high 3 INTs, both vs. NO. Had safety in Week 7. DE ADRIAN CLAYBORN ranks 2nd among NFC rookies with 3 sacks. S TANARD JACKSON aims for 3rd in row with INT…SAINTS: QB DREW BREES has 20+ comp. in NFL-record 28 games in row. Has TD pass in 35 consecutive games & can tie BRETT FAVRE (36) for 2nd-longest streak in NFL history. Since start of 2008, is 22-7 (.759) at home (incl. playoffs) with 70.1 comp. pct., 8,862 yards (305.6 per game), 77 TDs, 23 INTs & 109.5 rating…RB-PR-KR DARREN SPROLES is only player in NFL with 2 rush TD, 2 rec. TD & ret. TD. RB MARK INGRAM is 2nd among NFL rookies with 329 rush yards. Had rush TD in last meeting. RB PIERRE THOMAS has 9 TDs (5 rush, 4 rec.) in past 11 vs. division…TE JIMMY GRAHAM leads NFL TEs in receptions (49) & yards (713). Had 7 catches for 124 yards in last game vs. TB. WR MARQUES COLSTON had 7 catches for 118 yards & TD in last meeting. WR DEVERY HENDERSON has 5 rec. TDs vs. TB & averages 50 yards per TD catch. WR ROBERT MEACHEM has 20 career rec. TDs & 13 have gone for 25+ yards. Has 4 TDs in past 5 vs. TB…Since entering NFL in 2006, S ROMAN HARPER has 14 sacks, most by DB. DE WILL SMITH has sack in 3 of past 5 vs. TB. LB JONATHAN VILMA had FR-TD last week.


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