Matchup: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4) at New Orleans Saints (3-8)
Where: LSU Tigers Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
When: Sunday, December 4, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. ET
VegasInsider.com Spread: Bucs by 3.5
TV Announcers: Ron Pitts and Tim Ryan
Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Radio Announcers: Gene Deckerhoff and Scott Brantley
Last Week: The New Orleans Saints traveled to New York and defeated the Jets on Sunday Night Football, 21-19. Saints QB Aaron Brooks completed 17-of-23 passes for 181 yards and tossed three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Running back Aaron Stecker carried the ball 11 times for 54 yards en route to the big win. The Jets produced 389 yards of total offense and converted 7-of-16 (44 percent) of their third downs. Jets RB Curtis Martin rushed for 91 yards on 24 carries (3.8 avg.) while QB Brookes Bollinger completed 19-of-28 passes for 251 yards and tossed a touchdown. Kicker Mike Nugent made 4-of-5 field goal attempts, but missed a 53-yarder that would have won the game for the Jets.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were downed by the Chicago Bears at Raymond James Stadium last Sunday, 13-10. Bucs WR Joey Galloway hauled in seven passes for 138 yards and RB Cadillac Williams rushed 20 times for 84 yards (4.2 avg.). Bucs QB Chris Simms completed 19-of-30 passes for 202 yards but was sacked four times, including one in the first quarter that resulted in a fumble and gave the Bears the ball on the 1-yard line and eventually led to a touchdown. Chicago rushed for 118 yards on 33 carries (3.6 avg.) and Bears QB Kyle Orton completed 14-of-28 passes for 134 yards and tossed one touchdown and one interception. Bucs K Matt Bryant was 1-of-2 on field goal tries, and his 29-yard attempt with 2:48 remaining in regulation missed wide right and gave the Bears the victory.
Covers.com Injury Report: Bucs: S Will Allen (knee), K Matt Bryant (hamstring), LB Marquis Cooper (chest) and DE Dewayne White (leg). TE Anthony Becht (knee) is probable.
Saints: S Steve Gleason (neck) and WRs Az-Zahir Hakeem (back/ribs) and Lance Moore (hamstring) are questionable. TE Ernie Conwell (knee) is out.
The Last Time These Two Teams Met: Tampa Bay and New Orleans last met in December of 2004. The Saints escaped Raymond James Stadium with a 21-17 win.
Bucs-Saints Series: Tampa Bay is 9-17 all-time in the regular season vs. New Orleans. The Bucs are 6-10 on the road vs. the Saints.
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