NFL Capsule: Buccaneers at Saints

NFL Capsule: Buccaneers at Saints


Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Saints by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tampa Bay 7-4-2; New Orleans 6-7

SERIES RECORD - Saints lead 24-17

AP PRO32 RANKING - Buccaneers No. 18; Saints No. 19

LAST MEETING - Saints beat Buccaneers 35-28, Oct. 21

LAST WEEK - Buccaneers lost to Eagles 23-21; Saints lost to Giants 52-27





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Bucs rookie Doug Martin second in NFL with 1,612 yards from scrimmage (1,234 rushing, 378 receiving). Tied for NFC lead with 10 TDs rushing. Martin rushed for 128 yards last week vs. Philadelphia, surpassing Cadillac Williams' club record for most yards rushing by rookie. ... Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman has 20 TDs vs. four INTs in past nine games. He has more than 3,000 yards passing (3,192) for third consecutive season, joining Brad Johnson (2001-03) as only Buccaneers to do so. ... Tampa Bay has league's No. 1 rushing defense, allowing 78.2 yards per game. However, Bucs 32nd against pass, yielding league-high 311.6 yards per game. ... DE Michael Bennet had two sacks last week and leads Bucs with career-high nine this season. ... Saints have won last two meetings against Tampa Bay. ... Dew Brees, only quarterback in Saints history to pass for 4,000 yards in a season, has now done it seven straight years after reaching 4,028 yards last week. ... WR Marques Colston has eight TDs in past 10 games. ... WR Lance Moore had nine catches for 121 yards in last meeting. ... WR Joseph Morgan had 48-yard TD in last meeting. This season he averages 44.3 yards per catch, with seven catches for 310 yards and two TDs. ... Saints have three players with 90-plus tackles: LB Curtis Lofton (110), S Roman Harper (97) and S Malcolm Jenkins (94). New Orleans' last-ranked defense allowing 436.9 yards per game, on pace to allow single-season record 6,990 yards, which would surpass the 6,793 allowed by 1981 Baltimore Colts.


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The Browns called the Redskins 15 years ago hoping to trade up for Sean Taylor, but the Redskins said 'no'

The Browns called the Redskins 15 years ago hoping to trade up for Sean Taylor, but the Redskins said 'no'

Thanks to his illustrious career at Miami, Sean Taylor caught the eyes of Joe Gibbs and the Redskins heading into the 2004 NFL Draft.

Not surprisingly, though, Washington wasn't the only franchise interested in adding a do-it-all, safety-in-a-linebacker's-body prospect to their defense.

In a terrific look-back at that draft from Sports Illustrated — a draft in which a record six Miami products went in the first 21 picks — you'll find this excerpt:

But at the last minute, the Browns, owners of the No. 7 pick, called asking to trade up. Butch Davis, Cleveland’s coach and EVP, had previously been the head coach at Miami and had recruited all six of these Hurricane prospects out of high school...

[Vinny] Cerrato says the Browns were coming for Taylor. Davis is more diplomatic about it: “It was probably about 60-40 that we would’ve taken Sean [over Winslow],” he says. He wanted to know what it’d cost to get Taylor. But Washington wasn’t budging. “There was no interest whatsoever,” Cerrato says. “We wanted Sean Taylor.”

Cleveland also reportedly contacted the Giants about their fourth overall selection so they could skip the 'Skins entirely, but New York ended up orchestrating their own deal to land Eli Manning.

Fortunately, the Burgundy and Gold stayed in place and got Taylor despite the calls. Often times, trading back in the draft is an attractive option. This time around, however, that option paled in comparison to the opportunity to acquire Taylor.


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2019 NFL Draft Preview Special: How to watch

2019 NFL Draft Preview Special: How to watch

Were the countless mock drafts not enough? Do you need a little more explanation before the nail-biter that is Round 1? NBC Sports has you covered.

Representatives from every branch of the NBC Sports Regional Network will be breaking down the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 25th just hours before one of the most anticipated and nerve-wracking shows in all of sports. Beginning at 3 p.m. ET, experts and insiders will preview Round 1 and the draft needs of their network's respective teams.

So obviously, we've got Redskins insider JP Finlay on set and ready to discuss what's in store for the 2019 Burgundy and Gold.


The special will be available exclusively on the MyTeams by NBC Sports App. If you haven't already downloaded the MyTeams App, you can do so right now, RIGHT HERE.

How to watch NBC Sports's 2019 Draft Preview Live Stream

When: Thursday, April 25th

Time: 3 p.m. ET

Who: JP Finlay and team-specific NFL experts across the Regional Sports Network

Steam: MyTeams App