Matchup: New Orleans Saints (3-12) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-5)
Where: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida
When: Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. ET
VegasInsider.com Spread: Bucs by 14
TV Announcers: Kenny Albert and Brian Baldinger
Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Radio Announcers: Gene Deckerhoff and Scott Brantley
Last Week: The New Orleans Saints defeated the Detroit Lions last Saturday, 13-12. Saints QB Todd Bouman completed 21-of-38 passes for 233 yards. His favorite target was TE Zachary Hilton, who set career highs with seven catches for 70 yards.. Lions QB Joey Harrington completed 17-of-30 passes for 210 yards and tossed an interception. Lions TE Marcus Pollard had six catches for 44 yards.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Atlanta Falcons in overtime last Saturday, 27-24. Bucs rookie RB Cadillac Williams rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries. Quarterback Chris Simms tossed two interceptions that led to 10 points for the Falcons, but he also threw touchdown passes to fullbacks Jameel Cook and Mike Alstott. Simms also connected with rookie TE Alex Smith eight times for 75 yards. Bucs DL Dewayne blocked Atlanta’s 28-yard field goal attempt in overtime. Kicker Matt Bryant made 2-of-3 field goals, including the game-winning 41-yard kick with just 15 seconds remaining in overtime. Falcons QB Michael Vick threw two touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Covers.com Injury Report:
Bucs: DT Anthony McFarland (hamstring) is probable. TE Anthony Becht (ankle), C Scott Jackson (appendix), WR Mark Jones (foot) and T Kenyatta Walker (ankle) are questionable. S Jermaine Phillips (knee) is doubtful. WR Michael Clayton (turf toe) is out.
Saints: C LeCharles Bentley (elbow), T Jammal Brown (knee), LB Sedrick Hodge (ankle) and CB Mike McKenzie (groin) are questionable. DE Darren Howard (knee) is out.
The Last Time These Two Teams Met: Tampa Bay and New Orleans last met on Dec. 4. The Bucs escaped Baton Rouge with a 10-3 win over the Saints.
Bucs-Saints Series: Tampa Bay is 10-17 all-time in the regular season vs. New Orleans. The Bucs are just 3-7 all-time at home vs. the Saints.
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