Saints On Road To Take On Buccaneers – Game Preview
The New Orleans Saints return to action on Sunday afternoon, when they travel to Tampa, Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC South match-up.
Kickoff time at Raymond James Stadium is scheduled for noon, and you can hear all the play-by-play action on ESPN 1420, as well as 97.3 The Dawg.
The game marks the seventh of eight road games that the Saints will play this year.
The Buccaneers defeated the Saints, 26-19, back in week 2 of the season in New Orleans.
New Orleans lost their fourth-consecutive game last week, falling to the Carolina Panthers, 41-38, and will enter the game at 4-8, while Tampa Bay defeated the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, 23-19, and are currently 6-6.
The Saints lead the all-time series between the two franchises, 29-18, despite that loss back in September.
Offensively, the Saints are averaging 24.9 points-per-game, along with 395.6 total yards, including 301.2 passing yards, and 94.4 rushing yards-per-game.
New Orleans is led by quarterback Drew Brees, who has thrown for 3,482 yards and 23 touchdowns, along with running back Mark Ingram, who has rushed for 769 yards and 6 touchdowns, and receiver Brandin Cooks, who has caught 61 passes for 840 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Ingram was placed on the injured reserve list earlier this week, and will miss the final four games of the season.
The Buccaneers, offensively, are averaging 22.6 points, 369.9 total yards, 226.6 passing yards, and 143.3 rushing yards a game.
Tampa Bay is paced by quarterback Jameis Winston, who has thrown for 2,877 yards and 16 touchdowns, running back Doug Martin, who has rushed for 1,133 yards and four touchdowns, and receiver Mike Evans, who has caught 54 passes for 850 yards and 3 scores.
Defensively, the Saints are giving up an average of 425.s yards-per-game, including 287.3 passing yards and 137.8 rushing yards, while the Buccaneers are allowing 337.2 total yards, including 242.5 passing yards and 94.7 rushing yards.