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Keys to the Game: Saints vs. Buccaneers

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Closing Thoughts

October 21, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Nate Byham (82) attempted to catch the ball in bounds as New Orleans Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) and cornerback Corey White (24) defend during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New Orleans Saints defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Did You Know?

  • This will be the 43rd time the Saints & Bucs meet
  • The Saints lead the all-time series 25-17; and are currently winners of the last 3 meetings
  • These two teams have never met in the playoffs
  • The first meeting between these two clubs was 12/11/77; and was the first win in franchise history for the Bucs, after they started 0-26
  • In the Sean Payton Era, the teams are dead even with a 7-7 record; and home field advantages means little, as both teams are 4-4 at each other’s respective stadium

Saints Injury Report (as of 9/12)

  • Limited: CB Jabari Greer (back), LB Curtis Lofton (knee), CB Patrick Robinson (foot)
  • Did Not Participate: NT Broderick Bunkley (calf), DT Tyrunn Walker (knee), DE Glenn Foster (ankle), S Isa Abdul-Quddus (ankle)

Two divisional opponents to open the season is no easy task, and this game can quickly distance the Saints in the NFC South. It’s a road game, and nothing is ever a given. The Bucs are coming off a disappointing loss, and you would expect they have a much better showing here. Let’s just hope this doesn’t have to come down to the final play of the game, again.

Final Prediction: Saints 30, Bucs 21

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