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Buccaneers vs. Saints: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info, Game Time and More

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 21: Receiver Tiquan Underwood #11 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates his touchdown in front of defender Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the New Orleans Saints during the game at Raymond James Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 12, 2012

It's a classic NFC South battle on Sunday afternoon, as the 5-8 New Orleans Saints host the 6-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Both teams are coming off of losses to the NFC East, as the Saints were obliterated by the New York Giants and the Bucs were beat by a Philadelphia Eagles squad that had previously lost eight in a row.

With no real playoff implications in this one, you can expect a whole lot of offense and extremely little defense.

Can Drew Brees keep the Saints in it by not turning the ball over or will Doug Martin run all over New Orleans' No. 32nd-ranked rush defense?

Find out everything you need to know about this game below.

 

Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, L.A.

When: Sunday, Dec. 16 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Watch: FOX

Live Stream: NFL Game Rewind

 

Betting Line: Saints (-3.5) via Bet Online   Over/Under: 53.5 (Bet Online)

I know the Bucs have dropped three straight, but you've got to like them getting points to a team with a worse record within the same division.

The Saints just got creamed by the G-Men, yet they're more than a field goal favorite over a team with a better record? 

I'm not buying it.

Buccaneers with the points.

As for the over/under, I definitely like the over.

When these two got together in Week 7 they combined for 63 points, and I'm expecting the same on Sunday.

If you need further convincing, according to Bovada, the total has gone over in seven of the Bucs' last nine games and in seven of the Saints' last nine games at home.

 

What's At Stake?

Besides NFC South bragging rights, there's not much at stake in this one.

Technically Tampa can still make the playoffs, but they need to win out and see a slew of teams ahead of them fall.

 

Buccaneers Injury Report (via USA Today)

No injuries reported

 

Saints Injury Report (via USA Today)

RB Chris Ivory—Hamstring—QST

 

Fantasy Start 'Em, Sit 'Em and Sleeper

Start 'Em: Doug Martin

You'd be foolish not to start the No. 3 rusher in the NFL.

Martin has already eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark this season and is coming off a 128-yard, one-touchdown day against the Eagles.

Having scored a touchdown and run for 85 yards the first time he played New Orleans, I like Martin's chance for a big day against a terrible Saints rushing defense.

 

Sit 'Em: Lance Moore

Lance Moore had a big day in Week 7 against Tampa, to the tune of nine receptions and 121 yards, but with Graham and Colston taking up most of the production, Moore belongs on your bench.

Although he went for 123 receiving yards against Atlanta two weeks ago, it's now three straight weeks for the WR without a touchdown, which has to worry fantasy owners.

The Buccaneers secondary can definitely be beat, so you can take your chances with Moore, but don't say I didn't warn you.

 

Sleeper: Mike Williams

When you think of Tampa Bay receivers, you think of Vincent Jackson and...Vincent Jackson.

Mike Williams is quietly having a solid season, hauling in 46 catches for 736 yards and seven touchdowns.

He was quiet against New Orleans in Week 7 but has touchdowns in back-to-back games.

Josh Freeman is looking for Williams and you could be the beneficiary of that if you start him.

 

What They're Saying

FOX Sports is reporting that former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has dropped all suspensions for Saints players involved in the bounty scandal:

REPORT: Former commissioner Tagliabue vacates #Saints 'bounty' players' suspensions. on-msn.com/XP8dru

— FOX SPORTS: NFL (@NFLONFOX) December 11, 2012

Buccaneers Player to Watch: Vincent Jackson

V-Jax went off against the Saints in their first matchup, catching seven passes for 216 yards and a score.

He's already got more than 1,000 receiving yards and has scored eight touchdowns to lead Tampa's passing attack.

Playing against a New Orleans' D that has surrendered 27 passing touchdowns, Jackson should log his fifth 100-yard receiving day quite easily on Sunday.

Look for Freeman to go over the top to Jackson once the Saints get set on stopping Martin on the ground.

 

Saints Player to Watch: Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham isn't really going to have five mediocre weeks in a row, is he?

No.

Graham finds himself matched up against the worst pass defense in the NFL, as Tampa has already allowed more than 4,000 yards.

He didn't play the first time these two teams met this season, which is why he's my player to watch for the Saints.

I'm expecting Jimmy to bust out of that slump of his.

 

Key Matchup: Saints Passing Attack vs. Buccaneers Defense

We have the No. 2 passing offense in the NFL up against the league's worst pass defense; of course this is the key matchup.

I like Tampa in this game, but their defense has to do a better job against Brees than they did in Week 7, when he threw for 377 yards and four touchdowns.

The 49ers, Falcons and Giants have held Brees in check for three weeks in a row. 

Can the Bucs make it four?

 

Prediction: Buccaneers 35, Saints 28

That's right—it's a reverse score of Week 7.

Martin gets 100 yards on the ground, Jackson gets 100 through the air and the Bucs force three Brees' turnovers in a shootout to improve to .500 on the year.

 

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