|Last 3 Games||0-3||-4.8||0-2||1-2||22.3||6.7||315.3||(5.3)||0.3||26.0||9.0||374.7||(5.9)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||27.2||11.7||18.5||29:51||27-119||(4.4)||18-33||54.8%||238||(7.3)||59-357||(6)||(13.1)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24.3||11.8||20.2||30:24||27-119||(4.4)||22-34||63.0%||240||(7)||62-360||(5.8)||(14.8)|
|Offense Road Games||28.7||13.0||19.2||29:43||28-138||(4.8)||17-34||50.7%||214||(6.2)||63-352||(5.6)||(12.3)|
|Defense (All Games)||23.7||12.1||21.2||30:29||24-79||(3.3)||26-40||66.3%||311||(7.8)||63-390||(6.1)||(16.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.8||11.1||20.4||30:59||26-115||(4.4)||22-35||62.7%||246||(7)||62-361||(5.8)||(15.8)|
|Defense Road Games||26.3||10.7||21.5||31:00||24-80||(3.4)||26-42||62.2%||313||(7.4)||66-393||(5.9)||(14.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.6||0.3||0.9||0.9||13-4||34.3%||1-0||60.0%||2-41||(20.7)||2-19||(8.4)||7-55|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.8||0.6||1.5||1.7||13-5||39.5%||1-0||51.8%||3-61||(23)||22-2||(9.6)||6-52|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.0||0.5||1.5||0.8||14-5||33.3%||1-0||50.0%||2-51||(23.7)||2-17||(7.4)||8-66|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.3||0.5||1.8|| ||14-6||42.1%||1-0||45.5%||2-42||(26.3)||3-28||(10.9)||7-55|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.7||1.6|| ||13-5||39.8%||1-0||51.5%||3-64||(23.4)||17-2||(8.5)||6-50|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.5||0.8||2.3|| ||14-5||39.3%||1-0||20.0%||2-44||(24.3)||3-39||(13.7)||9-73|
|Last 3 Games||0-3||-3||0-3||2-1||20.3||11.3||404.3||(6)||3.7||35.3||17.3||350.7||(6)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||26.8||15.2||21.0||28:03||22-96||(4.3)||25-41||61.8%||298||(7.2)||63-394||(6.2)||(14.7)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.7||11||19.6||30:58||26-112||(4.3)||22-35||61.9%||240||(6.9)||61-352||(5.8)||(15.5)|
|Offense Home Games||27.8||15.7||19.8||26:41||21-86||(4.1)||23-39||60.5%||273||(7)||60-358||(6)||(12.9)|
|Defense (All Games)||29.2||15.5||24.2||32:37||30-152||(5)||23-36||63.1%||285||(7.9)||66-437||(6.6)||(15)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.6||11.4||20.5||30:27||27-117||(4.3)||22-35||63.3%||244||(7.1)||61-361||(5.9)||(15.3)|
|Defense Home Games||27.0||12.8||23.8||34:44||31-159||(5.2)||24-38||62.6%||287||(7.5)||69-446||(6.5)||(16.5)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.4||0.4||1.8||-0.3||13-6||43.6%||1-0||50.0%||3-83||(25.7)||1-11||(7.6)||7-58|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.6||1.6||1.8||13-5||39.3%||1-0||48.0%||3-62||(23.6)||21-2||(9.5)||6-53|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.2||0.5||1.7||0.0||12-5||40.0%||1-0||50.0%||3-95||(27.1)||1-5||(3.5)||6-62|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.8||0.7||1.5|| ||13-5||37.9%||1-1||53.3%||3-71||(26.4)||2-18||(9.1)||7-53|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.8||0.6||1.5|| ||13-5||39.3%||1-0||49.5%||3-61||(23.4)||18-2||(8.8)||6-49|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.8||0.8||1.7|| ||15-6||38.9%||1-1||57.1%||2-51||(21.9)||2-22||(8.8)||8-67|
|Average power rating of opponents played: TAMPA BAY 19.2, NEW ORLEANS 20.5|
|12/16/2012||@ NEW ORLEANS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||ST LOUIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/21/2012||@ TAMPA BAY||35-28||W||-1.5||W||49||O||26-81||27-37-377||1||25-98||24-42-415||0|
|12/9/2012||@ NY GIANTS||27-52||L||4||L||52.5||O||24-142||26-43-345||4||27-135||22-35-259||2|
|12/16/2012||TAMPA BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||CAROLINA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|TAMPA BAY: The Bucs seem to be gearing up to do a lot of running this season. New head coach Greg Schiano oversaw a run-heavy team at Rutgers, and offensive line coach Bob Bostad oversaw Wisconsin's run-heavy power game among his previous jobs. They also added an elite left guard in Carl Nicks, a first-round back in Doug Martin and a great blocking wide receiver in Vincent Jackson. The Bucs will use primarily a zone-blocking scheme with a lot of inside runs. LeGarrette Blount and Martin will probably be close to a 50/50 share on early downs, with Martin taking all third down reps. While Blount will have his role greatly reduced between the 20's, he'll have a chance to keep goal line carries. New offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan's offense will be far more aggressive getting the ball downfield, which should be a nice match for Josh Freeman's arm strength and Jackson's downfield ball skills. The reads generally go deep-to-short and rarely side-to-side. So after Jackson, Freeman will more likely come down to Preston Parker than go across to Mike Williams. The Bucs also plan on using their backs in the passing game much more often, which is why they traded up into the first round to grab Martin. When Tampa throws in the red zone and down near the goal line, Jackson and Williams are the team's most capable targets. After allowing a league-high 30.9 PPG and ranking 30th in total defense, there's nowhere to go but up, right? Schiano is excited about young DLs Gerald McCoy and Adrian Clayborn, and also No. 7 overall pick S Mark Barron, but Tampa's schedule is jam-packed with high-powered offenses. If McCoy can remain healthy'a big 'if' for a guy who has played in only 19 games over two NFL seasons'his presence should help free up Clayborn to rush the quarterback more freely and more often. McCoy is both powerful and shifty with great feet, and Schiano has said he expects the former No. 3 overall pick to dominate opponents in 2012. Barron, meanwhile, is excellent both stopping the run in the box and in pass coverage. |
|NEW ORLEANS: While this will be a trying year with head coach Sean Payton suspended, offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. has been his right hand man running the offense for the past three seasons, calling plays while Payton was recovering from a broken leg last year. New Orleans will continue to use its versatile, three-headed running back monster with a series of different blocking schemes up front. Mark Ingram will likely lead them in carries again, most often serving as a second-half closer. Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles usually split carries in the first half, though Sproles is most often used as a receiver as opposed to a ball carrier. Ingram will take most of the red zone carries, though not exclusively. Carmichael came onto the staff as quarterbacks coach in 2006, the same year Drew Brees arrived. New Orleans will continue to use spread principles and will be fine with Brees running the show. TE Jimmy Graham and receiver Marques Colston are targets 1 and 1A for Brees, who is more comfortable throwing to receivers facing him. Because they use two backs often, slot receiver Lance Moore plays only about 50 percent of their snaps. Sproles is the main catch-and-run threat, getting screen passes and occasionally splitting wide. Thomas is used often in the screen game as well. And with Robert Meachem gone, Devery Henderson becomes the primary deep threat. Graham is the No. 1 target in the red zone but Sproles, despite his size, plays a big role on screens and swings, creating after the catch. There is not much to like about this defense, which ranked 30th in pass defense and is coming off a second straight season with a meager nine interceptions. Defensive leader LB Jonathan Vilma is suspended for bounty nonsense and the team's second-leading tackler from last season, LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, is now in St. Louis. They'll be replaced by Curtis Lofton, who takes over at middle linebacker after playing the same position for the Falcons last season, and David Hawthorne, who was a solid run-stopper at middle linebacker for Seattle in 2011 and will likely switch to the weak side. Safety Roman Harper often blitzed and played almost exclusively in the box under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and he will likely have a less aggressive role under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. |
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*Buccaneers-Saints Preview* ===========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
After blowing another late lead, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' playoff hopes are in serious jeopardy.
To make the postseason, the Buccaneers will likely need a string of wins - and will certainly need some help - starting with Sunday's road game against the struggling New Orleans Saints.
After its fourth consecutive win Nov. 18, it appeared that Tampa Bay was headed for its first postseason berth since 2007. A three-game losing streak since, however, has put the Buccaneers (6-7) in serious danger of missing the playoffs once again.
Tampa Bay, which has dropped its last three by a combined 11 points, blew an 11-point lead in the final seven minutes Sunday and allowed Philadelphia to snap an eight-game skid with a 1-yard pass as time expired.
The 23-21 defeat marked the fourth time this season that the Buccaneers have failed to capitalize on a fourth-quarter lead. They couldn't maintain a late six-point advantage in the first loss of their slide, falling 24-23 to Atlanta on Nov. 25.
"Every loss is tough, but we can't dwell on it. A lot of guys are disappointed, but they still understand we've got a lot of football to play the rest of the year," defensive end Da'Quan Bowers said. "You can't dwell on that one game. We've got to correct the fixable things and transfer our focus to New Orleans."
Tampa Bay is two games behind wild-card leaders Seattle and Chicago and has four other teams in front of it as well. The Bucs have made matters worse by dropping six of nine conference games.
"Right now, we're playing for a lot," coach Greg Schiano said.
To avoid their longest losing streak of the season, Tampa Bay will try to take advantage of a team that's all but out of the playoff picture. While New Orleans (5-8) hasn't been eliminated, it would need an unlikely set of circumstances to stay alive past this week - a win and losses by Chicago, Seattle and Washington.
A repeat of last week's performance won't help.
With a 52-27 loss to the New York Giants, the Saints matched their third-highest total for points allowed in a game. New Orleans gave up a team-worst 287 yards on six kickoff returns, including a 97-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
"We have a prideful group in this locker room," running back Mark Ingram said. "Our focus going forward is just getting better every single day and improving individually. We've had three straight losses. It would be nice to close the season with three straight wins."
The Saints defeated Tampa Bay 35-28 on Oct. 21, erasing a 21-7 second-quarter deficit as Drew Brees threw four touchdowns.
The Bucs' Josh Freeman passed for a career-best 420 yards and three TDs in that game, but he hasn't topped 265 yards in the seven contests since.
Rookie Doug Martin ran for 85 yards, including a 36-yard TD, on 16 carries versus the Saints. He has four games of at least 128 yards rushing in the last seven.
Brees has struggled in the last two contests, throwing one touchdown and seven interceptions while posting a 53.8 passer rating.
"Each of these games is so important, still so important, because we have a lot of prideful guys," Brees said. "We're not about to shut it down and feel like the season is lost. There's still a lot that can be done."
New Orleans has won two straight over Tampa Bay.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:46:12 PM EST|