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Bucs at Saints: Scouting report

118.9 (14th) 96.1 (26th)

Projected starters

BUCS

OFFENSE

WR: Vincent Jackson

LT: Donald Penn

LG: Jeremy Zuttah

C: Ted Larsen

RG: Jamon Meredith

RT: Demar Dotson

TE: Dallas Clark

WR: Mike Williams

QB: Josh Freeman

RB: Doug Martin

FB: Erik Lorig

DEFENSE

LDE: Michael Bennett

DT: Gerald McCoy

DT: Roy Miller

RDE: Daniel Te'o-Nesheim

SLB: Adam Hayward

MLB: Mason Foster

WLB: Lavonte David

CB: E.J. Biggers

CB: Leonard Johnson

SS: Mark Barron

FS: Ronde Barber

special teams

PR: Roscoe Parrish

KR: Tiquan Underwood

PK: Connor Barth

P/KO: Michael Koenen

SAINTS

OFFENSE

WR: Joe Morgan

LT: Jermon Bushrod

LG: Ben Grubbs

C: Brian De La Puente

RG: Jahri Evans

RT: William Robinson

WR: Marques Colston

WR: Devery Henderson

QB: Drew Brees

RB: Mark Ingram

FB: Jed Collins

DEFENSE

LDE: Cameron Jordan

DT: Brodrick Bunkley

DT: Sedrick Ellis

RDE: Will Smith

SLB: David Hawthorne

MLB: Curtis Lofton

WLB: Jonathan Vilma

CB: Jabari Greer

CB: Patrick Robinson

SS: Roman Harper

FS: Rafael Bush

SPECIAL TEAMS

PR: Darren Sproles

KR: Travaris Cadet

PK: Garrett Hartley

P/KO: Thomas Morstead



Stat pack



1 p.m., Superdome, New Orleans | TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 103.5-FM | Line, O/U: Saints by 4, 54

Rushing yards

passing yards

total yards

Rushing yards allowed

passing yards allowed

total yards allowed

Bucs

saints

78.2 (1st) 152.4 (32nd)

237.9 (13th) 298.1 (2nd)

311.6 (32nd) 284.5 (30th)

356.8 (13th) 394.2 (3rd)

389.8 (29th) 436.9 (32nd)

Injury report

BUCS Questionable: DE Da'Quan Bowers (hamstring), CB LeQuan Lewis (knee). Probable: DE Michael Bennett (shoulder), CB Anthony Gaitor (hamstring), T Jamon Meredith (ankle), DT Roy Miller (head).

SAINTS Out: T Charles Brown (knee), RB Chris Ivory (hamstring), S Malcolm Jenkins (hamstring), T Zach Strief (ankle), CB Corey White (knee). Questionable: RB Jed Collins (toe).

Prediction

Saints 28, Bucs 26

The teams have split their previous eight meetings dating to 2008 and have a heated rivalry. Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman excels against the Saints, completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 1,259 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions over his past four games against them. But Saints quarterback Drew Brees has a 116 rating over his past two meetings against the Bucs.

Saints' top offensive player

Drew Brees, right, already has registered his seventh consecutive 4,000-yard passing season. Brees, the only Saint with even one 4,000-yard season, also leads the NFL with 32 touchdown passes.

Saints' top defensive player

End Cameron Jordan, left, is coming on strong and leads the Saints with seven sacks. He recorded a sack and forced fumble in this season's first meeting against the Bucs.

What the Saints do best

The Saints, even without suspended coach Sean Payton, continue to orchestrate a passing attack that is the envy of many. Brees leads the NFL with 4,028 passing yards.

How you beat the Saints

Take advantage of a defense ranked last in the NFL, 42.4 yards per game worse than the No. 31 Jags, and last at 6.4 yards per play. It's why the Bucs put up 513 yards in the teams' first meeting.

The Bucs must avoid …

Getting off schedule with miscues, penalties and short first-down plays making second and third down unmanageable.

Bucs at Saints: Scouting report 12/14/12 [Last modified: Friday, December 14, 2012 9:06pm]
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