SAINTS VS BUCS PREVIEW
September 11, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1-0) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (0-1)
SAINTS: QB DREW BREES has won 3 in row vs. TB, completing 80 of 112 (71.4 pct.) for 942 yards with 10 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 119 rating. Aims for 3rd in row vs. TB with 300+ yards & 4+ TDs. Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 33,928 yards & 246 TDs. Has 300+ pass yards in 6 consecutive games, tied for 2nd longest in NFL history…RB PIERRE THOMAS has TD in 3 of past 5 meetings. RB DARREN SPROLES aims for 4th in row vs. TB with rec. TD. Since 2011, leads NFL RBs with 167 catches, 1,465 rec. yards & 14 rec. TDs. RB MARK INGRAM rushed for 90 yards & TD in last meeting…Since 2011 (incl. playoffs), TE JIMMY GRAHAM leads NFL TEs with 200 catches & 2,495 yards. Leads NFC TEs with 24 TDs in that span. WR MARQUES COLSTON has 8 TDs in past 9 division games. WR LANCE MOORE has 100+ yards or TD in past 3 meetings…Since 2006 (incl. playoffs), S ROMAN HARPER has 18.5 sacks, most by DB. Had INT & FR last week. DE CAMERON JORDAN aims for 3rd in row vs. TB with sack & FF. CB JABARI GREER had 2 INTs in last meeting…
BUCCANEERS: In last home meeting, QB JOSH FREEMAN completed 24 of 42 (57.1 pct.) for career-high 420 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.2 rating. When Freeman has 100+ rating, Bucs are 11-3 (.786)…RB DOUG MARTIN has 1,437 scrimmage yards (130.6 per game) & 11 TDs (10 rush, 1 rec.) in past 11. His 1,437 scrimmage yards are 2nd most in NFL during that span…WR VINCENT JACKSON set franchise record with 216 rec. yards (7 catches, TD) in last home game vs. NO. In 3 career meetings, has 17 catches for 357 yards (119 per game) & 2 TDs. Among active players (min. 200 catches), has NFL-best 17.9 avg. (351 catches, 6,292 yards). Had 7 catches for 154 yards (22 avg.) last week. WR MIKE WILLIAMS has 4+ catches in all 6 games vs. NO…CB DARRELLE REVIS had 54-yard INT in only game played at Raymond James Stadium (12/13/09 with NYJ). S DASHON GOLDSON had 11 tackles & 41-yard INT in 2011 Div. Playoff vs. NO (1/14/12 with SF). LB LAVONTE DAVID had sack & INT last week, 1st career game with both.