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Gus Kattengell’s Saints Report: Bucs Game

 

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Gus Kattengell

The New Orleans Saints have won four in a row, 30-27 over Carolina last week thanks to a killer 13-play game winning drive orchestrated by Drew Brees. Tampa Bay got it’s ship sunk in San Francisco as they lost 48-3. Tampa gained a season low 272 yards and committed three turnovers last week.

Despite the lopsided loss, the Saints this week were preaching that they expect a tough game Sunday from the Buccaneers…

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Some number to keep in mind while you Who Dats watch the game on Sunday…

BY THE NUMBERS: 2. That what the Saints NFC South lead would be with a win in Tampa. Any cushion is nice as we all know, winning your division is the first step to the playoffs, securing a home game and more. RB LeGarrette Blount has been big for the Bucs, in their three wins he’s rushed for 279 yards and three TDs, compared to their two losses he rushed for 49 yards and no TDs. However, word out this morning is that he will be out due to an MCL injury.

6. That’s the number of picks Tampa QB Josh Freeman has this season, the total of interceptions he had all of last year. The Saints are the worst team in the NFC in takeaways with just 4. Last year in two games Freeman passed for 474 yards with three touchdowns to go with no interceptions. The Saints and Buccaneers have split their last three season series, and the road team has won the last four games. The last two times the Saints have won in Tampa that combined score is 69-13, with Brees tossing three TDs in each of those games. 213. The number of yards San Francisco was able to rush for against the Bucs defense last week. The Saints are 14th in the league in rushing averaging 115.4 yards per game.

Overall the Saints offense ranks 2nd in the NFL averaging 469 yards per game and fifth in scoring at 31.4. Brees has thrown for 350 yards in each of the last three games, no player has thrown for at least 350 in four straight games in NFL history. That said, Brees has thrown for fewer than 300 yards in five straight games against Tampa Bay. Bress is second in the NFL in passing yards with 1,769 yards.

 

Don’t forget that 97.3 The Dawg is your home for New Orleans Saints football in Acadiana. Pre-game begins at 1pm and kick-off is set for 3:15pm with your calls and comments after the game with the Point After.

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