How will the Bucs, 6-7 with three games left, finish the season?
8-8: 39 percent
7-9: 37 percent
6-10: 11 percent
9-7, miss the playoffs: 8 percent
9-7, make the playoffs: 5 percent
Total: 865 votes
Inside the numbers
17-24 Bucs' record against the Saints
7 Interceptions for the Saints' Drew Brees over his past two games compared with one touchdown
30 Rushing yards needed by Doug Martin to pass Ricky Bell (1,263) for third in Bucs history for one season
67 Rushing yards needed by Martin to pass James Wilder (1,300) for second
What they're saying
After winning four straight, the Bucs have now lost three in a row but still appear to be a team right on the verge of breaking out. If they can solidify the defensive secondary, this team will be competing for championships very soon.
Brian Billick Fox Sports
The heartbreaker against the Eagles was the kind of loss that says wait 'til next year in Tampa Bay. But at least it doesn't feel like false hope with Greg Schiano's program off to a strong start.
Don Banks Sports Illustrated
New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham has been able to hold onto one thing: his league lead in dropped passes. After a crucial drop in last week's loss to the Giants, Graham now has 10 for the season, according to ESPN Stats & Information. However, we should note that New England's Wes Welker has moved into a tie with Graham. The Saints are second in the league with 33 team drops.The Buccaneers are tied for No. 27 with 16 drops, and Doug Martin has seven of them. But it should be noted the rookie running back hasn't had a drop in more than a month. It also should be noted Vincent Jackson is one of only six receivers who has been targeted at least 40 times and has yet to drop a pass.
Pat Yasinskas ESPN.com
The Saints come home angry — angry that their season's been stolen (in their eyes), angry they're out of it, angry they can't do anything about their anger except win the last three games and get ready for 2013. Drew Brees will see to it that the Saints will be playing for something here Sunday. Saints, 28-25.
Peter King Sports Illustrated
The Saints are out of it, so they are playing for pride. Tampa Bay is still alive, but the Saints beat them earlier in the season. I think they do it again. Drew Brees will light up an overmatched Tampa Bay secondary. Saints, 37-27.
Pete Prisco CBSSports.com
Both QBs, Josh Freeman and Drew Brees, can put up a ton of yards and likely will. Difference will be Bucs RB Doug Martin on Superdome turf. Bucs, 31-27.
Sam Farmer Los Angeles Times
Bucs at Saints
1 p.m., Superdome, New Orleans
TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 103.5-FM
Line, over/under: Saints by 4, 54
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 6||Week 7||Week 8||Week 9||Week 10||Week 11||Week 12||Week 13||Week 14||Week 15||Week 16||Week 17|
Bucs 16, Panthers 10
Giants 41, Bucs 34
Cowboys 1 6, Bucs 10
Redskins 24, Bucs 22
Bucs 38, Chiefs 10
Saints 35, Bucs 28
Bucs 36, Vikings 17
Bucs 42, Raiders 32
Bucs 34, Chargers 24
Bucs 27, Panthers 21
Falcons 24, Bucs 23
Broncos 31, Bucs 23
Eagles 23, Bucs 21
1 p.m. today, Ch. 13
1 p.m. Dec. 23, Ch. 13 *
1 p.m. Dec. 30, Ch. 13