Saints vs Buccaneers Week Seven Capsule

Published: October 17th, 2012
By Buccaneers Gab

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1-4) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-3)

SERIES

SAINTS BUCCANEERS
SERIES LEADER 23-17  
STREAKS   3 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Kromer: 0-0 Schiano: 0-0
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 5: W 31-24 vs. Chargers) W 38-10 vs. Chiefs
LAST GAME 11/6/11: Buccaneers 16 at Saints 27. New Orleans RB Darren Sproles has 99 scrimmage yards (42 rush, 57 rec.), including 21-yard TD catch from QB Drew Brees, in division win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/16/11: Buccaneers 26, Saints 20. Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman passes for 303 yards & 2 TDs as Buccaneers race to 20-7 1st-half lead en route to victory.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Dick Stockton, John Lynch, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 91 (NO), 136 (TB). XM: 234 (TB).

STATS

PASSING Brees: 139-236-1,720 (3C)-14 (T2L)-6-90.7 Freeman: 80-145-1,118-8-5-84.2
RUSHING P. Thomas: 37-182-4.9-0 Martin (R): 84-323-3.8-1
RECEIVING Colston: 28-444-15.9-4 Jackson: 20-370-18.5-4
OFFENSE 402.0 (3C) 313.4
TAKE/GIVE +1 +3
DEFENSE 456.0 387.2
SACKS Galette: 3 Bennett: 4
INTs 3 tied: 1 Barber: 2
PUNTING Morstead: 51.2 (1C) Koenen: 44.3
KICKING Hartley: 37 (16/16 PAT; 7/9 FG) Barth: 42 (12/12 PAT; 10/11 FG)

NOTES

SAINTS: QB DREW BREES has TD pass in 48 consecutive games and passed HOFer JOHNNY UNITAS (47) for longest streak in NFL history. In 5 games this season, has 4 300-yard games & 4 games with 3+ TD passes. Aims for 3rd in row with 370+ yards & 3+ TDs…Since 2011, RB-PR-KR DARREN SPROLES leads NFL RBs with 114 catches. RB PIERRE THOMAS has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. TB…TE JIMMY GRAHAM has TD in 6 of past 8. Had 7 catches for 124 yards in last game at TB. WR MARQUES COLSTON has 18 catches for 284 yards (142 per game) & 4 TDs in past 2. Aims for 3rd in row with 9+ catches, 130+ yards & TD. Had 7 catches for 118 yards & TD in last game at TB. WR DEVERY HENDERSON caught TD to extend Brees’ record streak in Week 5 & had 8 catches for 123 yards. WR LANCE MOORE has TD in 2 of past 3 in TB…Since 2006, S ROMAN HARPER has 17 sacks, most by DB. Had sack & FF in last meeting. Had INT (41 yards) in Week 5. LB CURTIS LOFTON had 26-yard INT-TD in last game vs. TB (1/1/12 with Atl.)…BUCCANEERS: QB JOSH FREEMAN has won 2 of past 3 vs. NO & has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 108.6 rating in those 3. When he has 95+ rating, Bucs are 11-4 (.733). Passed for 328 yards, 3 TDs & 124.7 rating last week…RB DOUG MARTIN is 3rd among NFL rookie RBs with 323 rush yards…WR VINCENT JACKSON had 2 TDs last week & has 3 TDs in past 2. Since 2008, Jackson avg. 18 yards per catch (221 rec., 3,989 yards), best in NFL (min. 200 catches). WR MIKE WILLIAMS has TD catch or 100+ yards in 4 of past 5. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ yards…Club’s rushing defense is 4th in NFL (75 yards per game). Team is 2nd in NFL in red zone defense with 25.0 TD pct. (16 poss, 4 TDs allowed). DB RONDE BARBER is only player in NFL annals with 25+ sacks (28) & 40+ INTs (45). Had 78-yard INT-TD last week, his 12th career INT/FR-TD, tied for 3rd most in NFL history. Only player all-time with 8+ INT-TDs, 4+ FR-TDs & PR-TD. Had INT in last meeting. Has 2 games with career-high 3 INTs vs. NO. Rookie S MARK BARRON had INT last week.