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New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview and Predictions 11-17-2019

The New Orleans Saints are still in control of the NFC South, but they don't want a repeat performance of last week. The division-leading Saints will look to bounce back from a disappointing loss when they travel to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a divisional matchup Sunday.

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The Saints had their six-game winning streak snapped with a stunning 26-9 loss to visiting Atlanta last week, but they still have a two-game cushion in the division. New Orleans beat Tampa Bay 31-24 at home in Week 5, holding the Bucs to a season-low 252 total yards. That came in the midst of a remarkable five-game run in which the Saints did not allow more than 257 total yards, which came to an end when they gave up 317 yards to the Falcons. Tampa Bay ended a four-game skid with a 30-27 home win over Arizona last week after losing its first three home games of the season.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: New Orleans -5.5 O/U: 49.5

ABOUT THE SAINTS (7-2): New Orleans' offense sputtered to just 310 total yards last week, and nearly half of them came from MVP candidate Michael Thomas, who had 13 catches for 152 yards. Thomas torched the Bucs for 11 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns in Week 5 and has had at least 10 catches and 90 receiving yards in three straight games against Tampa Bay. The Saints rank fifth in the league in total defense, but the Falcons were able to hurt them on the ground last week.

ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS (3-6): Tampa Bay overcame three turnovers to beat the Cardinals last week, but the giveaways are a continued concern, as they've committed 21 turnovers, including three games with four or more. The Bucs didn't cough it up in the first meeting with the Saints, but they've done so 15 times in four games since, and Jameis Winston has thrown a whopping 14 interceptions. The other red flag for the Bucs has been their pass defense, which ranks last in the league and has given up more than 300 net passing yards six times in nine games.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Thomas has 407 career receptions -- the most in a player's first four seasons in NFL history -- and was the fastest player in history to reach 400 receptions, doing so in 56 games.

2. Winston has four straight games with at least 300 passing yards, which is the longest streak in franchise history and the longest active streak in the NFL.

3. Tampa Bay WR Chris Godwin has four touchdown receptions in his past four games against the Saints.

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Last Injuries

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Justin Watson

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Watson is tending to a shoulder injury, and it remains to be seen if he will take the field against the Broncos on Sunday.

  • Jason Pierre-Paul

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Pierre-Paul is dealing with a knee injury, and it is up in the air if he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Broncos.

  • Donovan Smith

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Smith is nursing a knee injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will line up Sunday against the Broncos.

  • Chris Godwin

    Concussion
    Prob Sun | probable

    Godwin sat out the previous game as he is going through the concussion protocol, but he is expected to suit up against the Broncos on Sunday.

  • Scotty Miller

    Hip
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Miller has hip and groin injuries, leaving his status for Sunday's matchup versus the Broncos hazy.

  • Parnell Motley

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Motley has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, but he is projected to be available Sunday against the Broncos.

  • Antony Auclair

    Calf
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Auclair has hit the injured reserve list due to a calf injury, and it is uncertain how much time he will miss.

  • Donovan Smith

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Smith is nursing a knee injury, but is likely to be in Sunday's lineup against the Panthers.

New Orleans Saints

  • Michael Thomas

    Ankle
    Mid Oct | out

    Thomas suffered left high-ankle sprain, and he is expected to miss two to four weeks of action.

  • Marcus Davenport

    Elbow
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Davenport has sat out the past two games with an elbow injury, and it is unknown if he will play against the Packers on Sunday.

  • Taysom Hill

    Leg
    Prob Sun | probable

    Hill exited the previous game due to a left leg injury, but it is not expected to affect his status for Sunday's clash versus the Packers.

  • Andrus Peat

    Undisclosed
    Prob Sun | probable

    Peat departed the last game due to an unspecified injury, but it is anticipated that he will line up Sunday versus the Packers.

  • Chase Hansen

    Hip
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hansen missed the previous game due to a hip injury, and it is uncertain if he will take the field Sunday versus the Packers.

  • Trey Hendrickson

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hendrickson is nursing a groin injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will suit up against the Packers on Sunday.

  • Terron Armstead

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Armstead is dealing with a groin injury, and there is no indication if he will be on the field against the Packers on Sunday.

  • Malcom Brown

    Foot
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Brown has a foot injury, and it is up in the air if he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Packers.