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GO FOR TWO

The Bucs have never lost consecutive games under coach Jon Gruden, following each of their seven losses with a victory. This season, they have not won consecutive games, either.

Will they make it two in a row today against New Orleans?

Last week, the Bucs got their first home victory of the season, 16-0 against the Cowboys. Today, there is plenty of incentive against the Saints, NFC south rivals who beat the Super Bowl champions twice last season.

"There are a lot of factors to why this is a big game for us," tackle Roman Oben said.

"There's last year, it's a conference game and we want to win two in a row."

SACK MASTERS

With a sack today, the Bucs can tie the NFL record of 68 consecutive games with at least one, set by the Dallas Cowboys from 1976-80. The next longest active streak is 22, by the New York Giants.

NUMBERS GAME

8

Saints turnover margin.

5

Saints interceptions.

10

Saints fumbles.

48

Consecutive games with a takeaway by the Bucs defense.

OFF LIMITS

No self-respecting Bucs fan would be caught dead eating crawfish today. The tasty crustacean is a delicacy in N'Awlins, where they serve 'em with the heads on. In fact, that's two good reasons to abstain.

SMALL WORLD

Saints coach Jim Haslett played for Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin from 1984-85 when Kiffin was the linebackers coach for the Buffalo Bills. In 1985, Haslett recorded a career-high 170 tackles.

THE LAST WORD

"Revenge is never a factor."

_ Bucs quarterback Brad Johnson, on having lost twice to the Saints last season.

_ Compiled by Joanne Korth.

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