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Quick Take: Saints (6-5) at Buccaneers (8-3)

Last meeting
In this year's season opener, the Saints got 343 passing yards and three touchdowns from Drew Brees and knocked off the Buccaneers, 24-20.

Tampa Bay has won two of the past three matchups to cut New Orleans' overall series lead to 20-13. See a breakdown of the last five meetings.

Last week
The Buccaneers spotted the winless Lions the first 17 points of the game before storming back to win, 38-20. ... The Saints unleashed an offensive barrage on the Packers, winning 51-29 on Monday night.

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Smith's special skills: Bucs rookie RB Clifton Smith has turned into a major weapon as a return man in recent weeks. Signed to the active roster in Week 8, Smith already has a kickoff return and a punt return for a touchdown this season. He is also averaging a robust 30.3 yards per kickoff return.

Brees' aerial artistry: The Saints QB is on pace to break Dan Marino's NFL record for passing yards in a season and had a career-high 157.5 passer rating in Monday night's win. He has also played well in six games against Tampa Bay, completing 68 percent of his passes for 1,487 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Receivers rising from obscurity: Antonio Bryant was out of the NFL in 2007, but has emerged as Garcia's go-to wideout in Tampa this year. Meanwhile, Lance Moore has become Brees' favorite target in New Orleans after being a secondary option in his first three seasons.

Did you know?
Saints WR Marques Colston has a touchdown catch in his past two games at Tampa Bay. ... New Orleans leads the NFL in total offense (411.9 yards per game). ... Garcia's top two passer rating games have both come against the Saints. ... Jimmy Wilkerson has a sack in two straight games for the Bucs.

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