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Buccaneers-Saints Capsule

By The Associated Press
    2013-12-26 11:59

TAMPA BAY (4-11) at NEW ORLEANS (10-5)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Saints by 12 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tampa Bay 6-9, New Orleans 7-7-1

SERIES RECORD - Saints lead 26-17

LAST MEETING - Saints beat Buccaneers 16-14, Sept. 15, 2013

LAST WEEK - Buccaneers lost to Rams 23-13; Saints lost to Panthers 17-13

AP PRO32 RANKING - Buccaneers No. 26; Saints No. 9

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (22), PASS (32)

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (17), PASS (15t)

SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (25), PASS (2)

SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (19), PASS (2)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Past four meetings, and five of past seven, have been won by New Orleans. ... Rookie Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon has 14 TDs, five INTs in past 10 games. ... RB Bobby Rainey has six TDs in past seven games. ...WR Vincent Jackson has 1,189 yards receiving, his third straight 1,000-yard season and fifth in past six years. ... Rookie TE Tim Wright has TD in two of his past three games. ... DT Gerald McCoy has seven sacks in his past seven games and at least one sack in each of his past three. He has career-high nine sacks, one of which came in Bucs' last game vs. Saints. ... Saints must win to guarantee playoff spot, but also can make playoffs with Arizona loss. ... Saints aim to make playoffs for fourth time in five years, missing in 2012, when head coach Sean Payton was suspended in NFL's bounty probe. ... Saints have lost three of last four games, all three losses on road. ... Saints are 7-0 at home, where average margin of victory is 17.4. ... Saints QB Drew Brees has 50,700 yards passing, one of five in NFL history with 50,000. ... Brees has 4,781 yards passing this season, meaning 219 yards gives him 5,000 for fourth time. ... Brees has three of seven 5,000-yard seasons in NFL history. ... Brees has 35 TDs, his sixth straight 30-TD season. ... Brees has been sacked 36 times. His high in seven previous seasons in New Orleans was 26. ... Jimmy Graham has six 100-yard receiving games, tied for most in season by tight end. ... WR Marques Colston needs 124 yards receiving for fifth straight 1,000-yard season and seventh in eight-year career. . DE Cameron Jordan has 12 1/2 sacks in his past 14 games.

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T Y HiltonDec 19 11:52a

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) is not participating in the portion of practice open to the media Friday, Dec. 19.

Julio JonesDec 19 11:22a

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) is not participating in portion of practice open to the media Friday, Dec. 19.

DeMarco MurrayDec 19 10:52a

Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand) is likely to play in Week 16, according to a source. Murray has a high threshold for pain, and according to the source, [ More ]

Eddie LacyDec 19 10:12a

Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (eye) said he wasn't able to read a teammate's nameplate a few feet away in the locker room Thursday, Dec. 18. Lacy said [ More ]

Leon WashingtonDec 18 11:32p

Tennessee Titans RB Leon Washington caught a team-high seven passes for 62 yards and a touchdown in the team's 21-13 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, Dec. 18. He [ More ]

Philip RiversDec 18 11:22p

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) looked good throwing the ball in the practice Thursday, Dec. 18, according to head coach Mike McCoy. 'Philip had an outstanding day,' [ More ]

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 ]

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