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Week One Rundown: Buccaneers at Saints

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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Week one for the Buccaneers is almost here! In just two short days, the NFC South’s most exciting rivalries will take the field in New Orleans to begin the trek for supremacy! For Bucs fans, this is one of the most anticipated season kickoffs in recent history, possibly ever. Who will come out on top as arguably two of the greatest quarterbacks start their season going head to head for the first time in their careers as rivals?

FOOTNOTES

LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 35-21
STREAKS: Saints have won past 3
LAST GAME: 11/17/19: Saints 34 at Buccaneers 17

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/6/19: Saints 31, Buccaneers 24

WEEK 1 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 13, 2020 // 4:25 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

Where to Watch/Listen

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter) SIRIUS: 111 (TB), 83 (NO) | XM: 382 (TB), 225 (NO)

BUCCANEERS NOTES 

QB TOM BRADY makes TB debut. Ranks 2nd all-time in passing yards (74,571) & TD passes (541). Passed for 4,057 yards & 24 TDs in 2019, his 17th season with 20+ TD passes, most in NFL history. Has 1,433 pass yards (286.6 per game) & 11 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 103.6 rating in 5 career starts vs. NO.

RB LEONARD FOURNETTE makes TB debut. Set career highs in rush yards (1,152), scrimmage yards (1,674) & catches (76) last season with Jax.

RB RONALD JONES had career-high 1,033 scrmimage yards (724 rush, 309 rec.) & 6 rush TDs in 2019.

RB LESEAN MCCOY makes TB debut. Ranks 4th among active players in scrimmage yards (14,868) & scrimmage TDs (89).

WR MIKE EVANS had 1,157 receiving yards in 2019, joining HOFer RANDY MOSS (1998-2003) as only players with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of 1st 6 seasons in NFL history. Has 462 career receptions, most in franchise history.

WR CHRIS GODWIN ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 1,333 rec. yards in 2019. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5 vs. NO.

TE ROB GRONKOWSKI makes TB debut. Had 521 catches for 7,861 yards & 79 TDs in 9 seasons (2010-18) with NE.

LB SHAQUIL BARRETT led NFL with franchise-record & careerhigh 19.5 sacks & ranked 2nd with 19 TFL in 2019.

LB LAVONTE DAVID led team with 122 tackles last season, his 7th-career 100+ tackle season. Since 2012, is only player with 1,000+ tackles (1,006), 20+ sacks (22.5) & 20+ FFs (21).

LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 8.5 sacks in 2019, his 5th career season with 8+ sacks.

SAINTS NOTES

Saints

QB DREW BREES is NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards (77,416) & TD passes (547). Had 74.3 comp. pct. in 2019, 2ndhighest in single-season mark in NFL history. Passed for 2,979 yards with 27 TDs vs. career-low 4 INTs for career-high 116.3 rating last season. Has 11 TDs vs. INT for 117.1 in his past 6 vs. TB.

RB ALVIN KAMARA had 1,330 scrimmage yards (797 rush, 533 rec.) & 6 total TDs in 2019. Is 1 of 2 (JULIO JONES) with 1,300+ scrimmage yards in each of past 3 seasons. Has 81 receptions in each of his 1st 3 seasons & is 1 of 4 RBs in NFL history with 3+ seasons of 80+ catches.

WR MICHAEL THOMAS led NFL with 149 receptions & 1,725 yards in 2019, most catches in single season in league annals. Has 470 receptions & 5,512 rec. yards, both most by player in 1st 4 seasons in NFL history. Has 66 receptions for 831 yards (118.7 per game) & 4 TDs in 7 career games vs. TB.

WR EMMANUEL SANDERS makes NO debut. Had 66 receptions for 869 yards & 5 TDs with Den. & SF in 2019. TE JARED COOK ranked 2nd among TEs in 2019 with career-high 9 rec. TDs.

DE CAMERON JORDAN led team with career-high 15.5 sacks. Since 2013, ranks 2nd in NFL with 78 sacks. Has sack in 6 of his past 7 vs. TB.

LB DEMARIO DAVIS led team with 111 tackles, his 5th-career 100+ tackle season.

CB MARSHON LATTIMORE led team with 14 PD. Ranks 4th in NFL with 44 PD since 2017.

S MALCOLM JENKINS had 347 tackles & 37 PD with NO from 2009-13. Had 80 tackles, 8 PD & 4 FFs in 2019 with Phi.

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

Bruce Arians: 1-4 COACH VS. OPP.  Sean Payton: 16-10

28.6/28.1        PTS. FOR/AGAINST    28.6/21.3

397.9                  OFFENSE                 373.9

LEADERS (2019 STATS)

PASSING

• Tom Brady (NE): 373-613-4057-24-8-88.0

• Drew Brees: 281-378-2979-27-4-116.3

RUSHING

• Leonard Fournette (Jax.): 265-1152-4.3-3

• Alvin Kamara: 171-797-4.7-5

RECEIVING

• Chris Godwin: 86-1333-15.5-9

• Michael Thomas: 149 (1L)-1725 (1L)-11.6-9

DEFENSE

Buccaneers: 343.9

Saints: 333.1

SACKS

• Shaquil Barrett: 19.5 (1L)

• Cameron Jordan: 15.5

INTS

• Sean Murphy-Bunting: 3 INTs

• Janoris Jenkins (NYG/NO): 5

TAKE/GIVE

BUCS: -13 (28/41)

SAINTS: +15 (23/8)

PUNTING(NET)

• Bradley Pinion: 43.2 (38.3)

• Thomas Morstead: 46.2 (43.1)

KICKING

• Ryan Succop (Ten.): 27 (24/25 PAT; 1/6 FG)

• Wil Lutz: 144 (48/49 PAT; 32/36 FG)

Credit: The National Football League

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