!(../teams/profile?team=NO)!(../teams/profile?team=TB)Series leader:Saints 19-11
Streaks:Saints have won last two matchups
On TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX (Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan, Chris Myers)
Remember the last time? Nov. 5, 2006: Saints 31 at Buccaneers 14. New Orleans QB Drew Brees passes for 314 yards & 3 TDs. Saints WR Marques Colston has 11 catches for 123 yards, including 15-yard TD rec.
Inside the game:
Saints: QB Drew Brees has never lost to TB (3-0). Last year, Brees helped Saints win both meetings and posted 111.4 passer rating, completing 45 of 65 passes (69.2 pct.) for 485 yards with four TDs vs. 0 INTs. When Brees has 100.0+ rating, his teams are 17-3...RB Deuce McAllister aims for third game in row vs. TB with TD run. RB-PR Reggie Bush scored first career TD vs. Bucs on 65-yard PR-TD (10/8/06). Also had career-high 11 receptions in contest...WR Marques Colston had career-best 11 catches (123 yards, one TD) in only game at TB (11/5/06). WR Devery Henderson had TDs of 52 and 45 yards in last meeting, his first career two-TD game...DE Will Smith had 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble in last game at TB. Smith has 7.0 sacks in past eight games.
Buccaneers: In past three vs. NO, QB Jeff Garcia is 2-1 and has completed 58 of 94 passes (61.7 pct.) for 790 yards with nine TDs vs. one INT for 116.0 passer rating. In those two wins, Garcia had four TDs vs. 0 INTs in each game. When RB Cadillac Williams has more than 20 carries, team is 9-0. Williams has 1,077 yards (119.7 per game) and five TDs in those nine...WR Joey Galloway aims for sixth consecutive game vs. NO with TD catch. Has seven TDs in past five meetings. In two games last year vs. Saints, Galloway had eight catches for 207 yards (25.9 avg.) and three TDs...DE Greg Spires has sack in four consecutive games (5.0 sacks). Spires has 3.5 sacks in past five meetings vs. NO. CB Ronde Barber has recorded career-high three-INT game two times vs. Saints (12/23/01 & 12/4/05).