NFL PREVIEW: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-11) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-5)
December 25, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-11) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-5)
BUCCANEERS: Rookie QB MIKE GLENNON has 14 TDs vs. 5 INTs in past 10…RB BOBBY RAINEY has 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in past 7…WR VINCENT JACKSON had career-high 216 rec. yards vs. NO (10/21/12). Has 1,189 rec. yards, his 3rd consecutive 1,000-yard season & 5th in past 6 years. Among active players (min. 200 catches), has NFL-best 17.5 avg. (418 catches, 7,327 yards). Rookie TE TIM WRIGHT has TD in 2 of past 3…LB LAVONTE DAVID is only player in NFL with 100+ tackles (136), 5+ sacks (6) & 5+ INTs (5). In past decade, David & BRIAN URLACHER (2007) are only 2 in NFL to accomplish feat. S MARK BARRON is 1 of 2 S in NFL with 80+ tackles (88), 2+ INTs (2) & 2+ sacks (2). DT GERALD MC COY has 7 sacks in past 7. Aims for 4th in row with sack. Has career-high 9 sacks. Had sack in last meeting. In Week 2, LB MASON FOSTER had 85-yard INT-TD. DE ADRIAN CLAYBORN had sack & FF in Week 2…
SAINTS: Clinch playoff berth with win. Can win NFC South…QB DREW BREES has won 4 in row vs. TB with 104 rating. Has 50,700 pass yards, 1 of 5 in NFL history with 50,000. Has 4,781 yards & needs 219 for 4th career 5,000-yard season. Has 3 of the 7 5,000-yard seasons in NFL history. Has 35 TDs, his 6th 30-TD season in row. Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 38,352 pass yards & 279 TDs…RB PIERRE THOMAS has 529 rush & 510 rec. yards, 1st season with 500+ rush & rec. yards. Since 2011, RB DARREN SPROLES leads NFL RBs with 230 catches, 1,951 rec. yards & 16 rec. TDs. Has rec. TD in 3 of past 4 vs. TB. RB MARK INGRAM rushed for 90 yards & TD in last home meeting…TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 6 100-yard games, tied for most ever in season by TE. Since 2011 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL TEs with 277 catches, 3,594 yards & 38 TDs. Had 10 catches for 179 yards & TD in Week 2. WR MARQUES COLSTON needs 124 rec. yards for 5th consecutive 1,000-yard season & 7th career…DE CAMERON JORDAN has 12.5 sacks in past 14. Aims for 4th consecutive meeting with sack & FF. S MALCOLM JENKINS had INT in Week 2. Had INT last week.