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An Inside Look at the Saints and Bucs

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*The Saints lead the all-times series between the two teams, 19-13.
*Tampa Bay has a current two game winning streak after sweeping the season series in 2007. In 2006, the Saints swept the season series.
*Saints Head Coach Sean Payton has a 2-2 record as a head coach against Tampa.  Tampa Bay Head Coach Jon Gruden is 7-6 all-time as a head coach against the Saints.

LAST GAME
12/2/07: Buccaneers 27 at Saints 23. Tampa Bay RB Earnest Graham runs for 106 yards & 1 TD & WR Joey Galloway adds 7 receptions for 159 yards.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
FOX (12:00 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Eric Richey (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 140 (TB), 127, (NO). New Orleans Saints Radio Network: Flagship Station WWL-AM 870 (New Orleans).

KEY STATS FROM 2007

PASSING

TAMPA: QB Jeff Garcia: 209-327-2,440-13-4-94.6 (3rd Overall in NFC)

NEW ORLEANS: QB Drew Brees: 440-652-4,423 (1C)-28 (2C)-18-89.4

RUSHING

TAMPA BAY: RB Ernest Graham: 222-898-4.0-10 TD

NEW ORLEANS: RB Reggie Bush: 157-581-3.7-4

RECEIVING

TAMPA BAY: WR Ike Hilliard: 62-722-11.6-1 TD

NEW ORLEANS: WR Marques Colston: 98 (2C)-1,202-12.3-11 TD

NOTES
SAINTS: In 5 career starts vs. TB, Pro Bowl QB DREW BREES has 100.6 passer rating. When Brees has 100 rating, his teams are 24-5 (.828). Last year had NFL-record 440 completions & set team marks in yards (4,423) & TDs (28)…REGGIE BUSH has 161 receptions, most by RB in 1st 2 NFL seasons. Scored 1st career TD vs. TB on 65-yard PR-TD. RB DEUCE MC ALLISTER is team's all-time leading rusher with 5,678 yards & ranks 1st with 44 rush TDs…WR MARQUES COLSTON has 168 receptions, most by player in 1st 2 NFL seasons. Is only player drafted in 7th round or later to record 1,000 yards in each of 1st 2 seasons. TE JEREMY SHOCKEY makes NO debut. Had 371 catches for 4,228 yards & 27 TDs in 6 years with NYG…CB MIKE MC KENZIE had 53-yard INT-TD in last meeting. S ROMAN HARPER led NFL DBs last year with 4 sacks. LB JONATHAN VILMA makes Saints debut. In 4 years with NYJ, he racked up 460 tackles & was named to Pro Bowl. DE WILL SMITH has led Saints in sacks each of past 3 seasons & can tie franchise record (4) this year.

BUCCANEERS: Won NFC South last year. TB has won division 6 times, incl. 3 under head coach JON GRUDEN. Under Gruden, Bucs are 17-0 since 2002 when not committing turnover…QB JEFF GARCIA was named to Pro Bowl last year. In career (incl. playoffs), Garcia's teams are 32-12 (.727) when he has 95 passer rating…RB EARNEST GRAHAM led team with career-high 898 rush yards & 10 rush TDs. Set club record with rush TD in 6 consecutive games. RB WARRICK DUNN returns to TB. Is 3rd in team annals with 4,200 rush yards…WR JOEY GALLOWAY had 6 rec. TDs last year (301 yards) & averaged 50.2 yards per TD. Has 9 rec. TDs in past 7 vs. NO, recording TD in 6 of those 7. Has 19 catches for 501 yards (125.3 per game) & 5 TDs in past 4 vs. NO…Bucs led NFC in total defense (278.4 yards per game). CB RONDE BARBER (12) & LB DERRICK BROOKS (8) are franchise leaders in TDs by def. player (incl. playoffs). When Brooks has INT-TD (incl. playoffs), TB is 7-0. DE GAINES ADAMS led NFL rookies with 6 sacks. LB BARRETT RUUD led team in tackles. DE JOVAN HAYE aims for 3rd in row vs. NO with sack.

Wednesday Injury Report

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 Position  Name  Injury  Practice Status
 DT  Hollis Thomas
 Triceps  Did Not Participate
 LB
 Troy Evans
 Ankle  Did Not Participate
 LB  Mark Simoneau
 Back  Limited Participation
 DT  Brian Young
 Foot  Full Participation
 RB  Deuce McAllister
 Knee  Full Participation
 CB  Mike McKenzie
 Knee  Full Participation

Tampa
Position   Name  Injury  Practice Status
 Davin Joseph
 Foot  Did Not Participate
 FB  BJ Askew
 Foot  Limited
 WR  Michael Clayton
 Knee  Limited
 WR  Antonio Bryant
 Knee  Limited
 WR  Joey Galloway
 Groin  Limited
 DT  Jovan Haye
 Groin  Limited
 C/G  Sean Mahan
 Non Football Related
 Limited
 LB  Matt McCoy
 Groin  Limited
 S  Sabby Piscitelli
 Knee  Limited
 DT       Ryan Sims
 Thigh  Limited
 QB  Jeff Garcia
 Calf  Full Participation
 TE  Ben Troupe
 Foot  Full



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