- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (6-9) at TAMPA BAY (2-13)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Saints by 3½

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New Orleans 6-9, Tampa Bay 6-9

SERIES RECORD - Saints lead 28-17

LAST MEETING - Saints beat Buccaneers 37-31 (OT), Oct. 5, 2014

LAST WEEK - Saints lost to Falcons 30-14; Buccaneers lost to Packers 20-3

AP PRO32 RANKING - Saints No. 25, Buccaneers No. 31

SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (12), PASS (3).

SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (29), PASS (29).

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (31), PASS (T22).

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (20), PASS (26).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - New Orleans has won six straight in NFC South rivalry. … Tampa Bay has one 4,000-yard season passing in franchise history (Josh Freeman, 2012). Saints QB Drew Brees finishing league-record ninth consecutive 4,000-yard season. … RB Mark Ingram 93 yards shy of first 1,000-yard season rushing. … Saints won earlier meeting in October: running 86 offensive plays to Tampa Bay’s 54, gaining 511 yards and overcoming 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to win with long TD drive to start OT. … TE Jimmy Graham leads all tight ends with 349 receptions, 4,342 yards, 46 TDs since 2011, including 17 catches, 303 yards, one TD past two visits to Raymond James Stadium. … Bucs QB Josh McCown did not play in earlier meeting because of torn ligament in right thumb. He is NFL’s lowest-rated passer. … WR Mike Evans tied with New York’s Odell Beckham for rookie lead with 11 TD receptions. … Evans (997 yards) and WR Vincent Jackson (991) on verge giving Tampa Bay its first pair of 1,000-yard receivers in same season. Jackson has topped plateau past three years, twice with Bucs. … With a loss, Bucs likely will land No. 1 overall pick in 2015 draft. Even with win, they likely won’t drop lower than second in draft order. Tampa Bay hasn’t had top pick since 1987, when it selected Vinny Testaverde.

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