December 24, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (4-8) at TAMPA BAY (6-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Buccaneers by 4

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New Orleans 5-6-1, Tampa Bay 7-5

SERIES RECORD - Saints lead 29-18

LAST MEETING - Buccaneers beat Saints 26-19, Sept. 20

LAST WEEK - Saints lost to Panthers 41-38; Buccaneers beat Falcons 23-19

AP PRO32 RANKING - Saints No.26, Buccaneers No. 14

SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (25), PASS (2).

SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (32), PASS (31).

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (2), PASS (24).

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (7), PASS (T16).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Saints have won seven of past eight meetings between NFC South rivals. ... Bucs seek first sweep of season series since 2007. ... Saints have won three straight, five of six overall, in Tampa. ... Bucs have won four of past six to improve to .500 and get back in NFC playoff race. Saints have lost four straight following 4-4 start. ... Saints are ranked last in total defense and have been poor against the run (32nd) as well as the pass (31). ... Saints DE Cameron Jordan has eight sacks, tied for second in NFC. ... Saints WR Brandin Cooks has six touchdown receptions in past five games. ... Bucs went 0-6 in division year ago, but are 3-1 this season after completing sweep of Atlanta last week. ... Rookie QB Jameis Winston has directed three game-winning drives. No. 1 overall draft pick has done some of his best work near opposition's end zone, throwing 12 TD passes and no interceptions in red zone. He's also scored a team-leading five TDs rushing. ... Bucs rookie MLB Kwon Alexander, fourth-round pick from LSU, begins four-game suspension for violating NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances. ... Fantasy Tip: Bucs RB Doug Martin is NFL's second-leading rusher with 1,133 yards. Team has league's No. 2 rushing attack, averaging 143.3 yards, so he could be good play.

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