Final

Buccaneers 10

(8-4, 4-2 away)

Saints 3

(3-9, 1-5 home)

1:00 PM ET, December 4, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
TB 0 7 0 310
NO 0 3 0 03

Top Performers

Passing: A. Brooks (NO) - 215 YDS, 4 INT

Rushing: C. Williams (TB) - 22 CAR, 96 YDS

Receiving: J. Galloway (TB) - 5 REC, 75 YDS, 1 TD

Tampa Bay (7-4) at New Orleans (3-8)

Tampa Bay (7-4) at New Orleans (3-8) Sunday 1:00 pm EST

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) - If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to return to the postseason for the first time since the 2002 season, the next three weeks could be a determining factor.

The Buccaneers open a critical three-game road trip Sunday when they meet the New Orleans Saints on the campus of Louisiana State University.

Tampa Bay is tied with Atlanta for second place in the NFC South, one game behind Carolina. The Bucs visit Carolina next week before playing at two-time defending Super Bowl champion New England the following week.

This is the Bucs' first of two meetings against the Saints, who are in last place in the division. The teams have split the last four meetings.

The Buccaneers enter this contest trying to avoid losing consecutive games for the second time this season following last week's 13-10 defeat to Chicago.

It was a bitter loss as Matt Bryant missed a potential game-tying 29-yard field goal with 2:47 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Against the top-ranked Bears' defense, Chris Simms completed 19-of-30 passes for 202 yards. His favorite target was Joey Galloway, who had seven catches for 138 yards.

The Saints stopped a six-game losing streak last week with a 21-19 victory over the New York Jets. Aaron Brooks threw for three touchdowns, including a 30-yarder to Devery Henderson with 8:32 remaining in the fourth quarter.

This is the third of four games for the Saints here this season. They already have lost to Chicago and Miami and also host Carolina on December 18 before closing their home slate the following week against Detroit in San Antonio.

Matchup to watch: Galloway, who is over 1,000 yards receiving for the first time since 1998, against right cornerback Fakhir Brown. However, Saints coach Jim Haslett may use his best cover corner Mike McKenzie to shadow Galloway.

Series: The Saints lead, 17-9.

Next week: Tampa Bay visits Carolina, December 11 New Orleans visits Atlanta, December 12

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Passing Leaders

Tampa BayCMP%YDSTDINT
M. Glennon59.42608199
J. Freeman45.757123
New OrleansCMP%YDSTDINT
D. Brees68.651623912

Rushing Leaders

Tampa BayCARYDSAVGTD
B. Rainey1375323.95
D. Martin1274563.61
New OrleansCARYDSAVGTD
P. Thomas1475493.72
M. Ingram783864.91

Receiving Leaders

Tampa BayRECYDSAVGTD
V. Jackson78122415.77
T. Wright5457110.65
New OrleansRECYDSAVGTD
J. Graham86121514.116
M. Colston7594312.65

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

TEAM OFFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsTB
 
 295
NO
 
 314
Yards PassingTB
 
 181
NO
 
 209
Yards RushingTB
 
 114
NO
 
 106
TEAM DEFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedTB
 
 278
NO
 
 312
Pass Yds AllowedTB
 
 183
NO
 
 178
Rush Yds AllowedTB
 
 95
NO
 
 134

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Tampa Bay leads 5-4
Dec 19, 2004TB 17, NO 21
Oct 10, 2004TB 20, @NO 17
Dec 7, 2003TB 14, @NO 7
Nov 2, 2003TB 14, NO 17
Dec 1, 2002TB 20, @NO 23
Sep 8, 2002TB 20, NO 26
Dec 23, 2001TB 48, NO 21