Saints-Buccaneers Preview Capsule
NEW ORLEANS (10-2) at TAMPA BAY (5-7)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE - Saints by 9 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD - New Orleans 9-3, Tampa Bay 5-6-1
SERIES RECORD - New Orleans leads 32-21
LAST MEETING - Buccaneers beat Saints 48-40, Sept. 9
LAST WEEK - Saints lost to Cowboys 13-10; Buccaneers beat Panthers 24-17
AP PRO32 RANKING - Saints No. 2, Buccaneers No. 20
SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (9), PASS (12).
SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (1), PASS (30).
BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (26), PASS (1).
BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (21), PASS (28).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Bucs have won two straight in NFC South rivalry, which Saints lead 19-14 since formation of division. ... Saints lost season opener at home to Bucs, then won 10 straight to move to brink of playoff berth and division title, which they can clinch with win Sunday. ... Saints QB Drew Brees completed 82.2 percent of passes for 439 yards, three TDs and no interceptions in Week 1 meeting. He leads NFL in pass completion percentage (75.5) and rating (123.2), third with 30 TD passes. ... In three career games vs. Bucs, Saints RB Alvin Kamara has averaged 140.3 scrimmage yards and has four TDs rushing and two receiving. ... Saints RB Mark Ingram did not play in earlier meeting while suspended. He’s rushed for 100-plus yards two of past four games against Bucs. ... Saints WR Michael Thomas has 91 receptions and eight catches. Adam Thielen only other player in league with 90-plus receptions and eight TDs. ... Bucs QB Jameis Winston has not turned over ball since regaining starting job two weeks ago. In past three games, including starts vs. 49ers and Panthers, Winston has completed 61 of 84 (72.6 percent) with six TDs vs. one interception for 119.1 rating. ... Bucs WR Mike Evans’ 1,121 receiving yards are third most in NFL. He had seven catches for 147 yards and TD in season opener vs. Saints. ... Bucs WR Chris Godwin is coming off second career 100-yard game. ... Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul has 11 1/2 sacks, tied for fourth in NFL. ... Bucs S Andrew Adams tied team record with three interceptions last week vs. Panthers. ... Fantasy tip: Bucs WR Adam Humphries quietly is having best season with 53 receptions for 606 yards and five TDs. All of his TDs have come in last five games, including one in each of past three.