- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

JACKSONVILLE (5-9) at NEW ORLEANS (5-9)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m. EST, CBS

OPENING LINE - Saints by 3 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Jaguars 7-7, Saints 6-7-1

SERIES RECORD - Saints lead 3-2

LAST MEETING - Saints beat Jaguars 23-10, Oct. 2, 2011

LAST WEEK - Jaguars lost to Falcons 23-17; Saints lost to Lions 35-27

AP PRO32 RANKING - Jaguars No. 25, Saints No. 24

JAGUARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (19), PASS (12).

JAGUARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (12), PASS (25).

SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (27), PASS (1).

SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (32), PASS (30).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has club record 31 TDs passing. … Bortles has five 300-yard passing games this season, needs one more to tie club record for most 300-yard games in single season with Mark Brunell in 1996. … Bortles has two or more TDs passing in eight of past 10. … RB T.J. Yeldon ranks third among NFL rookies with 740 yards rushing. … WR Allen Robinson has 1,141 yards receiving and is first Jaguars receiver with 1,000 yards receiving in single season since Jimmy Smith in 2005. … Robinson has one or more TDs receiving in past four games, with six TDs total in that span. … WR Allen Hurns has TD catch in eight of past 11 games, needs 93 yards receiving to reach 1,000 for first time. … … DE Andre Branch has two sacks, forced fumble, fumble recovery for TD and three passes defended in past two games. … With last week’s loss, Saints guaranteed consecutive losing seasons for first time since Sean Payton became coach in 2006. … Saints are 3-4 at home this season. … QB Drew Brees injured right foot last week, but continued to play. … Brees has passed for 4,000-plus yards in 10 straight seasons, most in NFL history. He had 341 yards, three TDs passing last week. … WR Brandin Cooks has seven TDs in past seven games. Had career-high 10 catches and 124 yards with TD last week. … RB Tim Hightower has 180 scrimmage yards, TD in two starts this season. … WR Marques Colston has three TDs in past two games. … WR Willie Snead has 17 catches for 198 yards in past two games, had career-high 10 catches last week. … DE Cameron Jordan has 17 sacks in past 22 home games. He has eight sacks, forced fumble and fumble recovery in past nine. … LB Kasim Edebali had two sacks last week, ranks second on team with career-high five. … Fantasy Tip: Jaguars TE Julius Thomas has TD in four of past five games. Thomas has 29 TDs since 2013, most among NFL TEs during span. Saints’ 30th-ranked pass defense has struggled against elite receiving TEs this season.

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