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Saints-Buccaneers Capsule

By The Associated Press
    2013-09-12 11:31

NEW ORLEANS (1-0) at TAMPA BAY (0-1)

4:05 p.m. ET, FOX

OPENING LINE - Saints by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New Orleans 1-0, Tampa Bay 0-1

SERIES RECORD - Saints lead 25-17

LAST MEETING - Saints won 41-0 on Dec. 16, 2012

LAST WEEK - Saints beat Falcons 23-17; Buccaneers lost to Jets 18-17

AP PRO32 RANKING - Saints tied No. 6, Buccaneers No. 29

SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (19), PASS (5)

SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (19), PASS (20)

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (T24), PASS (23)

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (T20), PASS (12)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Saints have won past three meetings between these NFC South rivals, including sweep a year ago while New Orleans coach Sean Payton was serving season-long suspension for bounty scandal. Drew Brees threw for 942 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions in those games. ... Tampa Bay overhauled secondary that nearly set NFL record for yards passing allowed by trading for CB Darrelle Revis and signing S Dashon Goldson in free agency. Bucs are also counting on getting RB Doug Martin on track in hopes of limiting time Brees and Saints' high-powered offense is on field. Martin was held to 65 yards on 24 carries last week during Tampa Bay's 18-17 loss to Jets. ... Brees threw for 357 yards, two TDs and one interception in New Orleans' 23-17 win over Atlanta. Payton has stressed he wants more-balanced offense. Bucs were as good against run as they were bad against pass last season, ranking No. 1 in rushing defense and No. 32 vs. pass. ... Marques Colston became Saints' all-time leader in receptions last week. He has 537 for 7,462 yards and 59 TDs. ... New Orleans CB Jabari Greer had pair of interceptions and New Orleans forced five turnovers in last meeting between teams. ...Bucs QB Josh Freeman had one of his best games, albeit in losing effort, in last meeting between teams in Tampa. He threw for career-best 420 yards, three TDs and no interceptions, but New Orleans rallied from early double-digit deficit to win 35-28. ... Revis, who spent first six years of career with Jets, makes home debut. In only game he's played at Raymond James Stadium, he had interception and 54-yard return in New York victory. ... Bucs were penalized 13 times for 102 yards last week, including personal foul in final minute on LB Lavonte David for shoving Jets QB Geno Smith out of bounds after 10-yard scramble. Penalty moved New York into position to win on field goal with 2 seconds left.

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

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