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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints: By the numbers, what they're saying

The poll

Which injury sustained during the 24-18 loss to the Bears concerns you most?

Mason Foster (ankle): 15 percent

Brian Price (leg): 9 percent

Jeremy Zuttah (knee): 8 percent

None or other: 3 percent

Total: 758 votes

By the numbers

3-1 Bucs' record against the Saints over the past four meetings

10 Interceptions thrown by the Saints' Drew Brees and Bucs' Josh Freeman this season, second most in the NFL (Chargers' Philip Rivers with 11)

35 Consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass for Brees, one shy of Brett Favre for second longest in NFL history (Colts' Johnny Unitas with 47 from 1956-60)

124.1 Rushing yards per game allowed by the Saints, 24th in the NFL

23 Consecutive games won by the Saints when they have at least 125 rushing yards

83 Consecutive games in which Bucs tight end Kellen Winslow has a catch

What they're saying

The Bucs are dealing with the heightened expectations from last season, but QB Josh Freeman has to keep the offensive profile they previously built by limiting the turnovers. The young and talented defensive line has to put more pressure on the QB. They are 29th in the league in sacks.

Brian Billick Fox Sports

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees already has been sacked 19 times. That's more than he was sacked in most of his full seasons in New Orleans. It's not hard to figure out what's going on here. The Saints have had a lot of turnover on their offensive line.

Pat Yasinskas

The picks

The Saints will come out angry after suffering a legit beatdown at the hands of the winless Rams last week. Drew Brees doesn't look like he can ever be angry, but just watch. On cue from (coach) Sean Payton, Brees will have another intergalactic day. Saints, 33-17.

Peter King Sports Illustrated

The Saints are coming off the worst loss of the Sean Payton era in terms of who/how they lost. The Rams, like most teams, ran right through them. The Bucs will try to do the same. The last time the Bucs came to New Orleans (last season's finale), they walked out a winner. But the Saints will be refocused here. That loss to the Rams will get them back on track. Drew Brees doesn't have two bad games in a row, but Tampa Bay hangs around. Saints, 27-21.

Pete Prisco

Bucs at Saints

1 p.m., Superdome, New Orleans

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 103.5-FM

Line/over-under: Saints by 8; 50

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16 Week 17

Lions 27, Bucs 20


at Vikings

Bucs 24, Vikings 20



Bucs 16, Falcons 13



Bucs 24, Colts 17


at 49ers

49ers 48, Bucs 3



Bucs 26, Saints 20



Bears 24, Bucs 18


at Saints

1 p.m. today, Ch. 13


1 p.m. Nov. 13, Ch. 10 *

at Packers

1 p.m. Nov. 20, Ch. 13

at Titans

1 p.m. Nov. 27, Ch. 13


1 p.m. Dec. 4, Ch. 13 *

at Jaguars

1 p.m. Dec. 11, Ch. 13


8:20 p.m. Dec. 17, NFL *

at Panthers

1 p.m. Dec. 24, Ch. 13

at Falcons

1 p.m. Jan. 1, Ch. 13

Earnest Graham (ankle): 46 percent

Tanard Jackson (hamstring): 19 percent

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints: By the numbers, what they're saying 11/05/11 [Last modified: Friday, November 11, 2011 2:34pm]
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