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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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Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Peyton ManningDec 18 07:22p

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh, illness) said his illness is behind him, and he was receiving treatment for his thigh Thursday, Dec. 18. Head coach John Fox called Manning day-to-day.

Roy MillerDec 18 07:12p

The Jacksonville Jaguars have declared DL Andre Branch, CB Jeremy Harris, SS Matt Daniels, DL Roy Miller, CB Teddy Williams, WR Tommy Streeter, OG Tyler Shatley inactive for Week 16.

Tommy StreeterDec 18 07:12p

The Jacksonville Jaguars have declared DL Andre Branch, CB Jeremy Harris, SS Matt Daniels, DL Roy Miller, CB Teddy Williams, WR Tommy Streeter, OG Tyler Shatley inactive for Week 16.

Kendall WrightDec 18 07:12p

Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright (hand) is active for Week 16 after being limited in practice all week.

Frank GoreDec 18 07:02p

San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (concussion) continues through the concussion protocol this week, but head coach Jim Harbaugh anticipates Gore suiting up in Week 16 against the San [ More ]

Julius ThomasDec 18 06:52p

Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) played just 29 snaps in Week 15; only ten of them were pass routes, according to Pro Football Focus.

Rashad JenningsDec 18 06:12p

New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

Carlos HydeDec 18 05:52p

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

DeAndre HopkinsDec 18 05:42p

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) did not practice for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 18.

Blake BortlesDec 18 04:22p

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has earned positive reviews from the team in his rookie season after being thrust into the spotlight early this year. 'That is not the [ More ]

Jay CutlerDec 18 04:12p

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler was benched just for this week against the Detroit Lions, according to head coach Marc Trestman. Cutler will be active and serve as the [ More ]

DeAngelo WilliamsDec 18 04:02p

Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) will be fitted cast that he can play with on his injured hand. Williams still has not caught a pass with the injured [ More ]

Rashad JenningsDec 18 04:02p

New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) has not been able to do any running this week, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.

Ryan MathewsDec 18 03:42p

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

Cam NewtonDec 18 02:52p

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 18, and appears to be on track to start in Week 16, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

DeMarco MurrayDec 18 02:42p

Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand), who was expected to take some team snaps in practice Thursday, Dec. 18, is in no more risk if he plays in Week [ More ]

Cam NewtonDec 18 02:12p

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) said he is not dealing with any pain in his back but is taking things one day at a time. Newton said he [ More ]

Peyton ManningDec 18 02:02p

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh) left practice early Thursday, Dec. 18, because he is receiving a scheduled day of rest. Manning was not limping when he was walking to the locker room.

LeSean McCoyDec 18 01:32p

Philadelphia Eagles RB Chris Polk appears to have become the team's goal-line back of late, and two of the three snaps he played in Week 15 led to short [ More ]

Chris PolkDec 18 01:32p

Philadelphia Eagles RB Chris Polk appears to have become the team's goal-line back of late, and two of the three snaps he played in Week 15 led to short [ More ]

Cam NewtonDec 18 01:22p

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) had an increased set of repetitions in practice Thursday, Dec. 18, and it looks like he's on track to play in Week 16 [ More ]

Rashad JenningsDec 18 12:52p

New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

Andre JohnsonDec 18 12:52p

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) has cleared the leagues concussion protocol and will play in the team's Week 16 game.

Julio JonesDec 18 12:12p

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) is not participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

Case KeenumDec 18 10:03a

Houston Texans QB Case Keenum is expected to start in Week 16.

Philip RiversDec 18 09:22a

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) is battling a back injury that is more severe than the team has acknowledged, according to a league source. Rivers' back injury [ More ]

LeSean McCoyDec 18 01:03a

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy opened practice on the sidelines Wednesday, Dec. 17, while RB Chris Polk opened with first-team reps. After practice McCoy did not seem too concerned. [ More ]

Ronnie HillmanDec 18 01:03a

The Denver Broncos are hopeful RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) will be able to return for the Week 16 game against the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, Dec. 22, or for the [ More ]

Drew StantonDec 17 07:33p

Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) said this injury is different from any other he's ever had, and he said it's too soon to know if he could return [ More ]

Carlos HydeDec 17 07:03p

San Francisco 49ers RBs Frank Gore (concussion) and Carlos Hyde (ankle) did not take part in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Jay CutlerDec 17 06:43p

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will be benched in favor of QB Jimmy Clausen in Week 16 against the Detroit Lions, according to a source.

Jimmy ClausenDec 17 06:43p

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will be benched in favor of QB Jimmy Clausen in Week 16 against the Detroit Lions, according to a source.

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