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NFL PREVIEW: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-7) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-8)

December 12, 2012
Richmond High School



SERIES

 

BUCCANEERS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

 

24-17

STREAKS

 

Past 2

COACHES VS. OPP.

Schiano: 0-1

Vitt: 0-0

LAST WEEK

L 23-21 vs. Eagles

L 52-27 at Giants

LAST GAME

10/21/12: Saints 35 at Buccaneers 28. New Orleans overcomes 14-point deficit as Saints QB Drew Brees throws 4 1st-half TDs, including 3 in 2nd quarter (9, 48, 20).

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/6/11: Saints 27, Buccaneers 16. New Orleans RB Darren Sproles has 99 scrimmage yards (42 rush, 57 rec.), including 21-yard TD catch from Brees in division win.

BROADCAST

FOX (12:00 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 136 (TB), 125 (NO). XM: 230 (NO).

STATS

PASSING

Freeman: 231-422-3,192-25 (3C)-8-91.1

Brees: 330-535-4,028 (1L)-32 (1L)-18-90.8

RUSHING

Martin (R): 264-1,234 (3L)-4.7-10 (T1C)

P. Thomas: 94-444-4.7-1

RECEIVING

Jackson: 56-1,145 (3C)-20.4-8

Colston: 65-889-13.7-8

OFFENSE

356.8

394.2 (3L)

TAKE/GIVE

+12 (T3C)

-4

DEFENSE

389.8

436.9

SACKS

Bennett: 9

Jordan: 7

INTs

Barber: 4

P. Robinson: 3

PUNTING

Koenen: 45.0

Morstead: 50.0 (1C)

KICKING

Barth: 106 (37/37 PAT; 23/28 FG)

Hartley: 82 (43/43 PAT; 13/16 FG)

NOTES

BUCCANEERS: QB JOSH FREEMAN has completed 95 of 146 (65.1 pct.) for 1,259 yards with 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.5 rating in past 4 vs. NO. In past 9, has 20 TDs vs. 4 INTs & 97.3 rating. Has 3,000+ yards (3,192) for 3rd consecutive season joining BRAD JOHNSON (2001-03) as only Bucs to do so…Rookie RB DOUG MARTIN is 2nd in NFL with 1,612 scrimmage yards (1,234 rush, 378 rec.). Set team rookie record for scrimmage yards. In past 4 on road, has 745 scrimmage yards (580 rush, 165 rec.) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.). Ties for NFC lead with 10 rush TDs…WR VINCENT JACKSON had 7 catches for career-high 216 yards & TD in last meeting. WR MIKE WILLIAMS aims for 3rd in row with TD…S RONDE BARBER aims for 3rd in row vs. NO with INT. Has career-high 3 INTs in 2 games, both vs. NO. Is only player in NFL annals with 25+ sacks (28) & 40+ INTs (47). Rookie LB LAVONTE DAVID leads team with 117 tackles. DT GERALD MC COY tied career-high with 2 sacks last week. DE MICHAEL BENNETT had 2 sacks last week & leads team with career-high 9…SAINTS: QB DREW BREES aims for 3rd win in row vs. TB. In past 2 meetings, has 116 rating. Has 4,028 yards, his 7th consecutive 4,000-yard season. Has all 7 4,000-yard seasons in team history (7 seasons)…RB PIERRE THOMAS aims for 3rd in row vs. TB with rush TD. RB DARREN SPROLES aims for 3rd in row vs. TB with rec. TD. Had rush & rec. TD last week…TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 6 TDs in past 6 vs. division. Since 2010, leads NFC TEs with 27 TDs (incl. playoffs). WR MARQUES COLSTON has 5 TDs in past 6 vs. division. Has 8 TDs in past 10. WR LANCE MOORE had 9 catches for 121 yards in last meeting. WR JOSEPH MORGAN had 48-yard TD in last game vs. TB. Avg. 44.3 yards per catch (7 catches, 310 yards, 2 TDs)…Since 2006, S ROMAN HARPER has 18.5 sacks, most by DB (incl. playoffs). Had sack & FF in last home meeting. DE CAMERON JORDAN had sack & FF in last meeting. Saints have 3 players with 90+ tackles: LB CURTIS LOFTON (110), Harper (97) & S MALCOLM JENKINS (94).


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