Saints Travel To Meet Buccaneers – At A Glance
The New Orleans Saints are back in action on Sunday afternoon, when they hit the road to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC South Division showdown.
Kickoff time at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida is scheduled for 3:25 pm, and you can hear all the play-by-play action on ESPN 1420 and 97.3 The Dawg.
You can also watch the game locally in the Acadiana area on FOX-15.
The Saints lead the all-time series between the two franchises, 30-17, and have won 8 of the last 9 meetings, including a 24-14 triumph in December of last season, the last time the two franchises met.
New Orleans, who lost to the Detroit Lions, 28-13, last week, has won five of their last nine games, and is 5-7 on the season, while Tampa Bay, who beat the San Diego Chargers, 28-21, last week, has won four-straight, including six of their last eight, and will enter the match-up at 7-5, and tied for first place in the NFC South.
Offensively, the Saints are averaging 28.9 points-per-game, along with 428.7 total yards, including 319.4 passing yards, and 109.3 rushing yards-per-game.
New Orleans is led by quarterback Drew Brees, who has thrown for 3,913 yards and 30 touchdowns, along with running back Mark Ingram, who has rushed for 758 yards and three touchdowns, and receiver Michael Thomas, who has caught 69 passes for 831 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Buccaneers, offensively, are averaging 23.1 points, 362.3 total yards, 257.3 passing yards, and 104.9 rushing yards a game this season.
Tampa Bay is paced by quarterback Jameis Winston, who has thrown for 3,180 yards and 23 touchdowns, along with running back Jacquizz Rodgers, who has rushed for 422 yards and one touchdown, and receiver Mike Evans, who has compiled 76 receptions for 1,058 yards and ten touchdowns.
Defensively, the Saints are giving up an average of 374.8 yards-per-game, including 276.8 passing yards and 97.9 rushing yards, while the Buccaneers have allowed 366.0 total yards, including 249.9 passing yards and 116.1 rushing yards.